ABA & Advanced ABA Non-Degree Seeking Program FAQ

The first concentration, Applied Behavior Analysis, consists of 9 hours of academic coursework (3 courses) and meets the academic requirements for the certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. The second concentration, Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis, comprised of 15 hours of academic coursework (5 courses) meets the academic requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved these course sequences as meeting the eligibility requirements for either the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (9 credit series) or the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (15 credit series). This approval is based on the new standards implemented in Fall 2005. Completion of this certificate or concentration program does not result in certification in ABA. Further supervision and passing the exam are required to be certified. Course verification forms indicating the distribution of required hours from the BACB's task list are available upon request. Additional hours practicing with supervision are required for both certifications. These hours can be pursued as part of the graduate program as elective practicum or can be gained independently. The required coursework and elective practicums required are listed below.

Concentration/Certificate in ABA / BCABA® Certificate Program

  • ABA 710: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 720: Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 740: Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 760: Practicum in ABA I (elective)
  • ABA 770: Practicum in ABA II (elective)

Concentration/Certificate in Advanced ABA / BCBA® Program Curriculum

  • ABA 710: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 720: Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 740: Evaluation of Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 750: Professional Issues in ABA
  • ABA 730: Models of Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • ABA 760: Practicum in ABA I (elective)
  • ABA 770: Practicum in ABA II (elective)
  • ABA 780: Advanced Practicum in ABA I (elective)

No. Students are able to take the ABA concentrations alone without completing the degree programs in which they are housed. Note that a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, counseling or a related field is required for the BCaBA certification and a master's degree in one of these fields is required for the BCBA certification. A bachelor's degree is required for admission to the program.

No. Completing the course series in ABA or Advanced ABA does NOT indicate certification in ABA. Certification can only be obtained by completing the necessary coursework and supervised experience as well as passing the certification exam. These certificate programs are designed to meet the academic coursework for the certification process, but are only 1 step in the process of becoming certified. For more information about behavior analysis certification, please refer to www.bacb®.com.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved the bachelor's and master's course sequences as meeting the eligibility requirements for either the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (9 credit series) or the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (15 credit series). The doctoral minor will be submitted for approval before beginning in the Winter 2010 semester. Completion of this concentration program does not result in certification in ABA.

The practicum courses have also been approved by the BACB® but will require approval of distance sites before approval can be assured. Practicum are offered as electives and more answers about practicum can be found below. Students will need to complete the supervised experience and to pass the exam to be eligible for certification.

Yes. At this time, all courses are offered online with weekly interaction with instructors. Online technology allows us to lecture and lead discussions online just as we would in a classroom. These online sessions are typically scheduled in the evenings and last approximately 90 minutes. There is additional information to review on the class site prior to these meetings as well as assignments due at specific deadlines. Please see the computer requirements for more information about the technology that is required. Help is provided through the NSU help desk 24/7. Practicum courses are provided as electives to help students meet their supervision requirements for certification and will require face-to-face supervision by a BCBA®.

Yes there are set semesters. For the master's program, there are 3 15-week semesters per year and students can start the ABA series in any of the 3 semesters–the entry course is offered each semester. Other courses are alternated each semester so that students can complete the 3 course series in 2 semesters and the 5 course series in 3 taking 2 courses in a semester.

We do not limit the number of qualified students who can enroll in the master's of science program. Class size, however, is limited.

Students may transfer a maximum of six equivalent graduate level credits taken in the past five years in which grades of A or B were received.

No. Although you may be able to use previous coursework to meet the requirements for certification set by the BACB, NSU cannot assure that the coursework completed elsewhere will meet the requirements of the BACB for certification or that it will not overlap with the contact hour distribution offered in the courses taken at NSU. Course verification forms submitted to the BACB indicating the distribution of contact hours by subject area are available upon request, however, to assist students who have taken previous coursework in assessing the availability of courses in our program that will fulfill the BACB requirements for certification.

More information about tuition and fees is available at http://www.cps.nova.edu/admissions/tuition.html.

For information about financial aid options, please contact the office of Student Financial Assistance (800) 541-6682, ext. 3380 or visit the web site at http://www.nova.edu/financialaid.

Admissions requirements for the master's program can be found at http://www.cps.nova.edu/admissions/requirements.html#csi.

No, if an interview is required, it will be scheduled after review of your application and can take place on the phone. If students are in the area of the main campus, they may interview in person if they wish.

Yes. You must still meet the admissions requirements above and apply for admission to the program. Please indicate the courses you wish to take in your statement of interest.

If you take an ABA concentration, you will be eligible (with supervised experience or practicum) to take the exam for certification as a behavior analyst. Licensing for counselors will be determined by your state. You will not be able to be licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida without taking the Mental Health Counseling concentration as well.


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