Academic Overview
BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons

Emphasizing hands-on learning experiences, the BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons curriculum is focused on the full range of applications for the principles of behavior analysis. By concentrating on contemporary research and the science of behavior, students fully learn how to apply the principles of applied behavior analysis across a wide range of circumstances and gain a deeper understanding of these principles and how to apply them.

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence is verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and meets the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. The program has an 85% average BCBA® pass rate, 20 points above the average pass rate of 65% for first time test takers in 20181.


“We base our program on the broad field of behavior analysis. We cover both applied and experimental areas in a way that is more in depth than other programs.”
—Ronald Allen, PhD, BCBA-D, Associate Professor of Practice

Students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework over 23 months, including 10 credits of mentoring. Throughout the program, students will examine the concepts and methods of applied behavior analysis within the following contexts:

  • Special education
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Organizational behavior management
  • Instructional design
  • Animal training

Curriculum

Mentoring

Download our BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons information sheet.

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1 Based on 2018 first-time BCBA® exam takers from Simmons’ on-campus and online programs, the most recent year for which results are available, as reported by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. The 85% statistic includes graduates of the online and on-campus programs. The 65% is the average pass rate of all first time test takers in 2018.