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Frequently Asked Questions about the Autism Studies Concentration

Do I have to travel to the Saint Joseph’s University campus to take courses in this concentration?
No. The BS in Professional and Liberal Studies and the Autism Studies Concentration can be taken fully online.

How many courses do I have to take in the concentration?
The Autism Studies Concentration is comprised of six courses, which you will take in addition to the requirements for earning your Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies. Go to the Course Descriptions page to learn more about the curriculum.

What populations are graduates with this concentration prepared to work with?
The Autism Studies Concentration prepares you to work with individuals from pre-school age to seniors whose diagnoses are across the entire spectrum of autism disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

Will I automatically become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst when I complete the program?
The courses in Saint Joseph’s University’s Autism Studies Concentration meet the educational requirements for certification. The other requirements to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst are an undergraduate degree (which you can earn through the BS in Professional and Liberal Studies program), less than a year of supervised practice and passing an international exam.

Is it possible to earn a certificate in Autism Studies without the bachelor’s degree?
Yes. The University also offers a certificate-only option. Please call us at (866) 758-7670 to learn more about that program.

If you have more questions you don’t see here, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.

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