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Behavior Analysis

Students interested in a career in behavior analysis should be aware of the two primary credentials that are often needed: board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and 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 related to specific state regulations on the practice of 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 by becoming a licensed psychologist and completing behavior analytic coursework and 1,500 hours of behavior analytic services. Students interested in other state licenses should review that desired state's criteria or contact Dr. Cody Morris.

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, Salve Regina's behavior analysis program is designed to help students meet the criteria for the BCBA credential.

There are many available pathways for obtaining the BCBA credential. Because it is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board, Salve Regina's master's degree program in behavior analysis meets the criteria for the first pathway.