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Instructions for completion of online FCOI training via CITI Program

The Office of Research Compliance offers online training through the CITI Program. Please note that the CITI Program is NOT tied to the MSU Net ID system, so you must register using the instructions below.

Completion of the required modules takes most people 2-3 hours. You do not have to complete all of the modules at one time. You may stop and return at a later time to complete the rest of the modules by signing in with the user name and password you chose during registration.

Steps to enroll

  1. Go to
  2. If you have already created an account, enter your user name and password.  If not, click on “Register” and follow instructions 3 - 4 below to create an account.
  3. Step 1: Select An Institution.  Choose Mississippi State University as your Participating Institution.  You can skip all other fields and “Continue to Step 2.”
  4. Continue registration by completing all requirements in Steps 2-7.
  5. Once you have registered and are logged in, you should be on the Main Menu page.  If not, click on “Main Menu” right below the CITI Program logo.
  6. If you need to, click on Mississippi State University Courses to expand the list so the page looks like this:

    CITI image 1

    CITI image 2

  7. Under My Learner Tools, click on “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups.”
  8. When the “Select Curriculum” page comes up, scroll down until you see “CITI Course Enrollment Questions.” 
  9. If you only need FCOI training, leave Question 1 blank regarding human subjects research. 
  10. Answer Question 2 as “Not at this time.”
  11. You can skip Question 3.
  12. For Question 4, choose “Not at this time.”
  13. Answer Question 5 as “Yes.” 
  14. Answer Question 6 as “Not at this time.” Then click Submit.
  15. You will now see Financial Conflict of Interest course.  Click on the course name to start it.  You can stop and save where you left off at any time.  Good Luck!

Note: If you would like, when you complete all required modules successfully, you may print your completion report through the link "Print" in the Learner's menu. Print or download a Course Completion Report as evidence that you have met institutional requirements. This is not required, however, as a copy will be sent automatically to Mississippi State University.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at 325-3294.