Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®)

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Overview of the Approved Course Sequence

As more individuals are diagnosed with autism, future professionals are seeking the proper training and credentials from their undergraduate coursework to give them a competitive edge upon entering the field following graduation. The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University has met this need by gaining the approval of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® for the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®.

Course Sequence
Course 1 IHS 465: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course 2 IHS 466: Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Treatments*
Course 3 IHS 467: Social Skills*
Course 4 IHS 473: Advanced Principles of ABA**
Course 5 IHS 474: Applications of ABA: Functional Analysis and Ethics**
*IHS 465 is strongly recommended prior to or concurrently with this course.
**Some courses require prerequisites. Please check the department listings in the Academic Catalog for prerequisite requirements.

  • Download the Approved Course Content Verification Form for the details of how the listed course sequence meets the 135-hour coursework requirement.
  • The BCaBA course sequence approval number for Saint Joseph's University is UCS286.
  • This course sequence approval will be valid from the present through December 2013.
  • In addition to the coursework requirements, applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify to take the BCaBA exam. These requirements include a Bachelor's degree in a related field and a specified amount of supervised experience. For details, view the Standards for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.

This approval saves the BCaBA Exam applicant from having to submit a syllabus for each course taken that may contribute to satisfying the coursework requirements. The anxiety normally experienced while waiting to see if non-approved courses already taken satisfies the coursework requirements is eliminated by simply taking these approved courses. Exam applicants will then only need to submit official university-issued transcripts to verify that the course was taken for credit and passed with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Overlap with the Minor in Autism Studies
SJU students interested in completing the course sequence listed above may also be interested in declaring a Minor in Autism Studies, and vice versa because of the evident course overlap. Students who complete the BCaBA course sequence only need to complete one additional elective approved for the Minor in Autism Studies to meet the course requirements for the Minor in Autism Studies. Students who are pursuing a Minor in Autism Studies only need to complete the 3 core courses for the minor and IHS 473 and IHS 474 as 2 of their 3 electives to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the BCaBA Exam.

Courses for Meeting the Experience Requirements
The Kinney Center at Saint Joseph's University offers students, who have completed the approved course sequence listed above, 3 Practicum courses where they can accrue roughly 225 hours of experience in each one. Students who complete 670 hours of Practicum in behavior analysis within a university experience program approved by the BACB will meet the Experience Requirements. Therefore, an SJU student who takes and passes all 3 Practicum courses will meet the Experience Requirements. View the BCaBA Experience Standards page for details.