The skills of Behavioural Science Technicians are increasingly in demand as Canada’s population continues to seek evidence-based treatment to solve a host of behavioural issues. If you have an interest in human behaviour and a desire to help others improve their quality of life, then this interdisciplinary program is for you.
Through a comprehensive mix of theoretical, research and applied courses, you will develop in-demand professional competencies that link the science, clinical, communication and ethical aspects of behavioural science.
You will gain knowledge and skills of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to support clients from various age groups. You will learn how to assist with behavioural assessments and contribute to the design and application of behaviour change plans for clients with developmental disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries, dementia and other conditions associated with aging.
Graduates will enter the field with the ability to engage in ethical decision-making and collaborate with other professionals when providing behavioural treatment. Behavioural Science Technicians are employed in a variety of settings related to education, family support services, mental health treatment and gerontology.
Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. Please refer to Admission Processes for details regarding highly competitive programs.
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This interdisciplinary program prepares students to build a career that combines an interest in human behaviour with a desire to help others improve their quality of life. Students will develop professional competencies that link science, clinical, communication and ethical aspects of behavioural science. With a focus on Applied Behaviour Analysis and the application of behavioural sciences both in community and long-term care facilities, students gain the knowledge and skills to support clients from various age groups and learn how to assist with behavioural assessments and contribute to the design and application of behaviour change plans for clients with developmental disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries, dementia and other conditions associated with aging.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
More than 50% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements.Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Students will have the opportunity to apply the theories, concepts and strategies they have learned in a supervised setting through two field placements. Students will begin to build their resumés and professional networks while gaining hands-on, real work experience in their chosen field.
Please note: There are costs associated with Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC), immunizations, lab tests and certifications. Be sure to keep all of your receipts for income tax purposes. These costs include:
It is required that students have completed the ESPC with Verified to be eligible for the field placement component of this program. Students must provide (at their expense):
BHTN ESPC Information and Documentation Requirement Checklist
Verified Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC) User Guide