Institutional Review Board

The Heritage University Institutional Review Board is responsible for the review of all human subject research conducted at or by the Toppenish Campus and all regional campuses. The IRB seeks to create a collaborative relationship with the research community to assure that research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice. These principles require the balancing of risks to subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to subjects and society. The IRB also focuses on the informed consent process to assure that subject participation in research is voluntary.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

The full board of the IRB committee meets every third Thursday of the month, between 10:30am-12:00pm.

News and Announcements

A Interim IRB Chair was announced in February 2018. Please welcome Interim Chair Dr. Anthony Stephas! He currently works as a faculty member in our Physcians Assistant program at Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Training Requirements

Below are the instructions to log onto CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) for human subjects research training.

Go to and register.

  1. Click on “Register Here” next to New Users.
  2. Under Select Your Institution or Organization, click on “Heritage University” under the Participating Institutions scroll bar.
  3. Fill out the remaining information below (username, password, security question, e-mail); no CME/CEU credits; answering the professional certification study guide question and course survey is optional
  4. Select “Social and Behavioral Research” as your classification.
  5. Select “Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) for Social and Behavioral Research.”
  6. At the Main Menu, under My Courses should be Social and Behavioral Research Members – Basic/Refresher, Basic Course. Click on “Enter” under Status to get started.
  7. Complete all the required courses to achieve certification

Contact Us

Dr. Tony Stephas
Interim IRB Chair
(509) 865-0728

Kandace Nash
IRB Administrator
(509) 865-8530

IRB Office Location:
Heritage University
Violet Lumley Rau Building, Office 1732


Committee Members

Dr. Tony Stephas
DHSc, Chair

Dr. Kari Terjeson
Ph.D, Member

Eliann Carr, Ph.D.

Dr. Joel Thome
Ph.D., Member

Elese Washines
Community Member

Dr. Jim Borst
Ed.D., Community Member

Kandace Nash
IRB Admistrator