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Chamberlain University: Institutional Review Board


An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to review, approve, and oversee research involving human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that all human subjects research is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

The Chamberlain IRB strives to create a supportive, collaborative environment for members of the Chamberlain community so that the design and implementation of research studies take place in a culture of ethical conduct. Nonetheless, the responsibility of the IRB is limited to review and oversight of applicable research studies for compliance with ethical standards, federal rules, and other applicable laws. The IRB does not provide advisement or mentoring on study design nor does it create required documents, such as recruitment flyers or consent forms, as a service to faculty and students.

The Chamberlain IRB is registered with the Office for Human Research Protections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The IRB typically meets monthly, though urgent matters may prompt additional meetings.

New Human Subjects Protections Training Now Available through CITI

The human subjects protections training course offered by the NIH is no longer available. Consequently, Chamberlain University has reactivated its subscription with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide this training. Students and colleagues affiliated with Chamberlain University can complete this training course at no charge. Instructions on how to access and enroll in the course are provided in a handout located under the "Human Subjects Protections Resources" tab on the left side of the screen. Once the CITI site is accessed, investigators will be asked to select either the "Biomedical Research" or "Social & Behavioral Research" course. The type of study the investigator will propose to the IRB should guide the investigator as to which course to select. (Investigators may choose, if they wish, to enroll in both courses by adding the other course after enrollment.) Investigators must successfully complete all modules within the course to earn a completion certificate.

The IRB accepts any comparable training for up to five years; there is no need to complete the new CITI course unless prior coursework has expired.

Please note: Although the courses available are complimentary, investigators may request from CITI continuing education credits for completed coursework. Investigators will be billed by CITI for continuing education credits.

Please contact the IRB at for any questions.

Where can I get more information?

The IRB Handbook, provides further information on Institutional Review Board requirements and processes at Chamberlain University.

The general contact email for the Institutional Review Board at Chamberlain University is

You may also contact the IRB administrator at:

Chad O'Lynn, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF

Director of Evaluation/ IRB Administrator
Chamberlain University

Federal Registration

The Chamberlain University IRB is registered with the Office of Human Research Protections. Registration Numbers: IRB00009799/ IORG0008174.

The IRB also carries a Federal Wide Assurance, Registration Number: FWA00021986.

For more information about the Chamberlain University IRB, please contact the IRB directly at