2020-2021 Graduate & Continuing Education Catalog 
    May 16, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate & Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Applied Behavior Analysis

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Classes are offered at our Newport campus and the Warwick Center for Adult Education.

Program Director:  Cody Morris, Ph.D., BCBA              

Anyone interested in a career in applied behavior analysis should be aware of the two primary credentials that are often needed to do so. The first is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the second is Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA; sometimes called a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst or LABA).

The BCBA credential is an internationally recognized professional credential focused on discipline specific professional standards. The LBA credential is a state established credential that is related to specific state regulations on the practice of applied behavior analysis. The requirements for each state’s LBA credential vary. Some states require the BCBA credential to obtain the LBA credential, while others list the BCBA credential as one possible option for obtaining the LBA. For example, the state of Rhode Island permits two possible options for obtaining the LBA credential. The first is having a BCBA credential, but it is also possible to obtain the LBA credential through becoming a licensed Rhode Island Psychologist and completing behavior analytic coursework and 15 hundred hours of behavior analytic services. Students interested in other state licenses should review that desired states criteria or contact Dr. Cody Morris at cody.morris@salve.edu.

Because obtaining a BCBA credential is often the most efficient way of acquiring licensure in any state and is often recognized by insurance companies in states without licensure, the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program at Salve Regina University is designed to help students meet the criteria for the BCBA credential (listed below). Again, in many states, including Rhode Island, obtaining a BCBA credential makes individual’s eligible for licensure.

There are many available pathways for obtaining the BCBA credential (all described at https://www.bacb.com/bcba/). Salve’s ABA program is set up to help students meet the criteria on the second pathway. To meet the requirements for the second pathway, 4 criteria must be met.

  • Degree: A graduate level degree from a qualifying institution.
    • Salve Regina University is a qualified institution.
  • Coursework: A sequence of courses are required focused on specific behavior analytic content.
    • The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses (described in the next section) toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
  • Supervised Fieldwork: A specified number of supervised fieldwork hours are required.
    • Salve’s ABA program offers multiple practicum opportunities for students in need of supervised hours and will work with students who already have an arrangement for supervision.
  • BCBA Exam: The final step of obtaining a BCBA credential is taking and passing the BCBA exam.
    • The coursework in Salve’s ABA program is designed to help students build strong foundations and fluency in critical behavior analytic content.  


For more information, the following resources are available.

Salve’s ABA Program

Salve’s ABA program offers three tracks for students to meet the coursework requirements toward becoming a BCBA. The following guide outlines various options of timelines for successfully completing an ABA graduate program degree. Because each required course is not necessarily offered every semester, it is important to follow one of the sequences outlined below. If any deviation from the outlined sequences is necessary, please consult with an advisor and refer to the course offerings list described at the end of this document.

Three tracks are available for students interested in completing Salve’s ABA coursework.

  • Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Who is Eligible:
      • Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.
    • Program Requirements:
      • Completion of all 7 required courses and 5 electives for a total of 36 credits.
  • 5th Year Salve Undergraduates
    • Who is Eligible:
      • Salve UG students in their 3rd year can elect to begin graduate work in their 4th year and add 1 additional year to complete the master’s degree. 
    • Program Requirements:
      • Completion of all 7 required courses and 5 electives for a total of 36 credits.
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
    • Who is Eligible:
      • Students who have already completed a master’s degree in a related field.
    • Program Requirements:
      • Complete the 7 required courses for a total of 21 credits.

  Program and Courses


    Master of ArtsCertificate of Advanced Graduate Studies



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