Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis

The University of Nevada, Reno delivers programs of study in behavior analysis at off-campus locations around the world under the sponsorship of human service agencies, businesses and other organizations. The aim of these programs is to provide opportunities for training in behavior analysis in regions where such is unavailable or inaccessible to fully employed people seeking career advancement. Training is delivered face-to-face at sponsor's worksites, online or by a combination of these modes of delivery as suited to sponsors' interests and students' needs. In addition to our Association for Behavior Analysis International accredited master's degree program, we offer Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA) Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) Approved Course Sequences.

Satellite Program History
The University of Nevada, Reno has been delivering satellite programs in behavior analysis for more than a decade. During this time, training pursuant to the master's degree and BCBA/BCABA curricular eligibility have been delivered under the sponsorship of several human service agencies including:

  • Behavior Analysis Inc.
  • Behavior Institute
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.)
  • Judevine Center for Autism
  • Special Education for Exceptional Kids (S.E.E.K.)
  • Trinity Services
  • South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Washoe County School District

Most of the students completing these programs of study have pursued certification by the BACB and now are practicing behavior analysis with the benefit of this credential.

Organizational sponsorship
The University of Nevada, Reno Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis are delivered to cohorts of students at off-campus sites around the world. This means that all students enrolled in a program of study will begin and end the program at the same time, taking all of their classes together when they are offered. It also means that only persons involved with (or with the agreement of) sponsoring agencies are eligible to receive training through these programs. The cost of program deliveries to sponsoring agencies depends on a number of factors, including mode of instruction preferred by the sponsor (i.e., face-to-face, online), the availability of qualified instructors in the sponsor's region and the number of students enrolled. Provided that a sufficient number of students are enrolled in a program of study at a given site (about 25), the sponsor's cost for the delivery of the program might be covered in full by charging participating students a very reasonable tuition fee. Sufficient numbers of students for financial feasibility may be generated by cooperation among multiple agencies. Programs of study may be initiated in the fall, spring or summer of any year. Inquiries from potential sponsors should be addressed to the director of the satellite programs Linda J. Parrott Hayes.

Program types
Three satellite programs in behavior analysis are available, including: Masters of Arts in Behavior Analytic Psychology, the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum and the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum.

  • Masters of Arts in Behavior Analytic Psychology: The master's degree program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis. It is made up of 37 credits in behavior analysis, including the didactic curricular requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentialing (preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), six credits of field experience in behavior analysis (applicable toward the BCBA practice requirements), and three credits of graduate research experience. The program is typically delivered over a three-year period.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum: This nondegree program is made up of 16 graduate-level credits in behavior analysis, which are preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the didactic course requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentialing. The program is typically delivered over an 18-month period.
  • Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum: This program is made up of nine undergraduate-level credits in behavior analysis, including principles of behavior, ethical guidelines, behavior assessment, methods of observation and intervention, and applied behavior analysis. This curriculum is preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the didactic course requirements for Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) credentialing. The program is typically delivered over a nine-month period.