CITI Program For The Protection of Human Research Subjects

Instructions for CITI  Learners

The curriculum for your course in the protection of human subjects has been defined by the VDH IRB according to your role in human subject research. 

To Start the Course:

  1. You will be presented with a series of questions or options to enable you to enroll in the Learner Group appropriate to your interests or  your role in human subject research.

  2. Your institution has prescribed your course curriculum. 

  3. After you submit, you will be given the opportunity to affiliate with a VA Medical Center.  If you are not doing work at a VA Medical center, answer "NO" and Submit.

  4. The next page is the Learner Menu.  This page lists the courses you have chosen.    The Learner menu also provides a number of Course Utilities designed to help you.

    • You may affiliate with another institution.  The software will sum the requirements of both institutions so that you need not retake modules common to the requirements of both institutions.

    • You may "View/Update your Learner Group" This link will take you to the enrollment questions and permit you to change your "Learner Group" by providing new responses to the enrollment questions.

  5. The link to the Grade Book will permit you to Begin the Course.

  6. Complete the required modules and associated quizzes.

  7. Complete any "Elective" modules.

  8. When you complete all Required Modules in your curriculum, you will be shown a link to "Review Completed and Optional Modules" in the Optional Course Catalog. You may return to the course site at a future time to review these modules.

  9. When you complete all required modules successfully, you will be shown a link to
    View course completion history and print completion certificates

The Basic Course will require 4-6 hours to complete depending on the curriculum prescribed by your organization.   You are encouraged to use multiple log on sessions.

To Complete the Course:

  • The minimum "passing" aggregate score for the quizzes has been set by your institution.  A running tally is compiled in the Grade Book.   If you want to improve a score on a quiz, you may repeat any quiz in which you didn't score 100 % correct. 

  • Print or download a Course Completion Report as evidence that you have met your institutional requirements.  A copy will be sent to your institutional administrator.   You may return to the course site in the future to obtain a copy of the completion report.

  • Submit a voluntary, anonymous user satisfaction survey.


  • Technical issues should be addressed to or to 305 243-7970.
  • Questions regarding your requirements should be addressed to your IRB training coordinator.

    Kathy Wibberly
    Chair, VDH IRB
    Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy
    PO Box 2448
    109 Governor Street, 10th Floor East
    Richmond, VA 23218-2448
    Tel 804-864-7426
    Fax 804-864-7440