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Applied Behavior Analysis

This graduate certificate sets you up for success in educational and behavioral health settings. Develop the skills you need to be an effective member of the care team.

Earn Your Specialized Training in Behavior Analysis for All Ages

Prepare for careers in schools and behavioral health settings as a Applied Behavior Analyst (ABAs®). ABAs® are professionals with specialized training in applied behavior analysis who provide systematic, evidence-based services to promote socially significant skill acquisition and address behaviors that interfere with successful functioning. This certificate program is ideal for students studying or professionals working in the fields of counseling and psychology in education, special education, educational administration and leadership, occupational or physical therapy and clinical psychology. 

This online graduate certificate establishes a pathway for both professionals or current graduate students who possess or are pursuing a master’s degree or higher. Coursework is offered online with the exception of the HSC 604: Behavior Assessment course. This unique class provides students supervised guidance in assessment-based practices commonly used by a behavior analyst, and as a hybrid course, it requires face-to-face meetings at the Sioux Falls USD Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities location. Through this program, you'll gain the skills you need to support individuals of all ages, play a key role on your clients' health teams alongside educators or other related health providers.

Become a leader who is ready to serve others in an educational or behavioral health setting as an ABA®.

Degrees & Offerings

Applied Behavior Analysis

  Sioux Falls and Online

Through this flexible certificate, you'll gain a foundational education in evidence-based practice that focuses on assessing the environmental influences on behavior, assessment-based intervention and data-driven decision making. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to work toward your career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in public health & health sciences.
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Public Health & Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health and Health Sciences emphasizes collaborative learning, equipping students with a rich understanding of the health care field and preparing them to excel in careers such as advocating for health policy, promoting health through education, managing health data analytics and leading collaborative health care teams. The department offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in productive aging and gerontology, management of chronic disease, health and culture, attachment, Native American health and more.
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Ryan Groeneweg

Clinical & Behavior Svcs Mngr
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Kory Zimney

Assoc Dean-Health Sciences
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Whitney Lucas Molitor

Chair-Occupational Therapy
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Musheera Abdellatif

Associate Professor
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Amanda Huber

Program Assistant I
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Jonelle Hook

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DenYelle Baete Kenyon

Associate Dean-SSOM Div & Inc
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Susan Puumala

Professor of Practice
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Brittany Schultz

Academic Advisor
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Rexann Smith

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Enter the Exam with Confidence

At USD, you can have confidence that you are gaining the preparation necessary to succeed in your career goals.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the courses in this program 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.

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Clinical Fieldwork Supervision Opportunities

USD collaborates with LifeScape and other professional organizations for assistance with locating clinical fieldwork supervision opportunities for our students. LifeScape is a non-profit organization serving Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Sioux City, which provides 13 different service lines to children and adults with complex medical care needs, physical and developmental disabilities and behavior disorders.

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Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs Detailed page for program specific costs and fees.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.

Graduate Assistantships

USD offers opportunities for grad students to earn a reduced tuition rate in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the university.


Student Success story

Jeanie Utley
As a full-time professional with a family, USD’s program has truly been a great fit for me. The instructors have current real-life experience in the field. The partnership with LifeScape utilizes and implements the principles we use. I look forward to continued learning and growth through the ABA® program at USD.

Jeanie Utley, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Therapy Lead
Lifescape, Sioux Falls, SD

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