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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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100% Online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Complete your studies on your own time.

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15 Months to your Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Finish your applied behavior analysis certificate in just 7 courses.

National and Northcentral have merged, and this program is now offered by NU. Learn more.

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Enhance Your Skills with the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Build your expertise in psychology with the 100% online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at National University. Led by mentoring professors, NU’s online certificate gives you a fast track to meeting state-level licensure requirements. Our online certificate in applied behavior analysis can also help you to focus your professional aspirations.    

NU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program prepares you to continue on to graduate studies or to pursue a variety of career options such as research, human resources, business, and public service.

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Course Details

Credit Hours: 21

Courses: 7

Estimated Time to Complete: 15 months

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis can be completed in 21 credits. Each course runs 12 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

Course Sequence

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is the only Post-Baccalaureate Certificate requiring seven NU courses (a total of 21 credit hours).

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares practitioners to provide behavior management services at homes, schools, clinics, hospitals, and community-based settings, to students, children, and families. There is a significant need for well-trained and properly-certified individuals to work with students with challenging behaviors (e.g., students with autism and other developmental disabilities). This program focuses on the practical application of all behavior analytic concepts and provides those students who have already obtained a master’s degree an opportunity to complete the coursework requirements identified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

This 7-course program sequence meets the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) requirements, is approved by Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and prepares you to sit for the BCBA exam once you complete the required clinical hours and have a qualifying master’s degree.

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Certificate Requirements

The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NU’s Post-Baccalaureate certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript


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