CITI Training Instructions

All Investigators (Principal Investigators, Faculty and Students) must complete CITI Training in order to conduct research projects.
CITI Certification is valid for five years after completion. 

Registering with Ferris State University
1. Visit the CITI login page
2. Next to "New Users", click the "Register Here" link
3. Select "Ferris State University" from the drop-down menu of "Participating Institutions"
4. Create a username and password
5. Fill out the additional personal information and select "No" under the CME/CEU credits
6. Select whether or not to take the survey
7. Complete the additional information requested by Ferris State University
8. Select the appropriate research group you belong to; (see below for guidance) 
9. Unless applicable, select "no" when asked to affiliate with another institution. 

For detailed instructions, see our CITI Screenshot Instructions


Selection of the research group depends on the type of research one is conducting. There may be additional modules required if you are working in medical settings, with internet research, children, pregnant women, prisoners or any other vulnerable population(s). If you are unsure of which research group you belong into for your project, contact the Office of Academic Research for assistance. Note: pre-professional students are those students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, Michigan College of Optometry and the DCCL program. 


Biomedical Researchers (faculty, undergraduate, graduate & pre-professional students)
Conduct basic, applied, and/or translational research that aims to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of medicine and is split into two categories:

  1. Clinical Trials evaluate new treatments for safety and efficacy; 
  2. Preclinical research elaborates on current knowledge to develop new strategies

Examples of biomedical research:

  • A pharmacy student gives subjects a prescription medication to measure effects of an increased dosage. 
  • An optometry student places eye drops into the eyes of subjects to look for damage on the cornea.


Social & Behavioral Researchers (faculty, undergraduate, graduate & pre-professional students)
Focus on human beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are influenced by various social, biological and/or environmental factors. Data collection commonly involves surveys or questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, direct or participant observation, laboratory or field experiments, and non-invasive physical measurements. 
Examples of social and behavioral research:

  • A nursing student surveys subjects on comfort level in various waiting room environments.
  • An education student measures how much students learn with a new teaching style.


Data/Specimen Only Researchers (faculty, undergraduate, graduate & pre-professional students)
Involves less than minimal risk research that collects or studies pre-existing data, documents, records, and/or specimens if the sources are publically available or is recorded in such a way that subjects cannot be identified directly or through identifiers. Also included is data that has been or will be collected solely for non-research purposes where sources are publically unavailabale, but subjects are identifiable directly or through identifiers. Researchers typically select this group for Exempt 1-E and Expedited 2-E research.