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University of Colorado-Denver

The University of Colorado-Denver is also featured in our ranking Top 20 Online Applied Behavior Analysis Bachelor’s Degree and BCaBA Coursework Programs.

The University of Colorado-Denver is one of the largest public colleges in Colorado. Founded in 1912, the university opened as a University of Colorado Extension Center. Extension centers at that time offered distance education programs that allowed students to complete assignments through the mail and use the mail to correspond with their professors. This center eventually grew so large that it moved to its own separate campus and became the University of Colorado-Denver Center. In 2004, this school merged with a health sciences campus and became the University of Colorado-Denver. It also goes by different names like UCD and UC-Denver.

UC-Denver now consists of two separate campuses. Its main campus has a convenient location in downtown Denver. Students can commute to the campus from other cities and from Denver suburbs, but a large number of students actually live on the campus. It operates a second campus in nearby Aurora that is home to all its health science and medical programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC-Denver as one of the best graduate schools in the nation and as having one of the country’s best nursing programs. Enrollment at the university now includes nearly 19,000 students.

Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

Though the University of Colorado-Denver does not offer a full applied behavior analysis degree program, it does offer an ABA certificate program. This program helps students learn what therapists do in the field and how they use their skills to assist patients struggling with autism and similar conditions.

The basic applied behavior analysis certificate program features six classes. Students must take four courses before taking the last two classes. This program is only available in an online format, which allows students to earn a certificate while working full-time. Some students even complete this program while enrolled in a full degree program. ABA Practical Applications is a class that goes over the way the environment can affect individuals and how they can approach their patients. The program also features a class called Autism in Early Intervention that looks at the practices that students can do with autistic patients of a younger age.

Students enrolled in the certificate program can enroll in a version designed to help them get their applied behavior analyst licenses or an assistant analyst license. Both versions have approval from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which is the organization that grants licenses to those practicing in the field. The university also offers a master’s in special education degree program. Students can transfer some of the credits they earned while working on a certificate into the full degree program. The University of Colorado-Denver will then reduce the total number of classes they need to take.

University of Colorado-Denver Accreditation Details

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) is just one of the organizations that granted accreditation to UC-Denver. NCACS offers the regional accreditation that lets students apply for any of the financial aid that they need, but it’s also one of the requirements for students who want to transfer credits into one of the university’s degree programs. More than 20 organizations granted specialty accreditation to the university for its degree programs in psychology and music. Many of its medical programs have professional accreditation too, including its dental and nursing programs.

University of Colorado-Denver Application Requirements

UC-Denver streamlined the application process and made it easier than ever for incoming freshmen to apply. The application takes just a few minutes to complete. It does not require that students pay a fee or write a response to an essay question. Undergrads can submit applications up through Mary 15 and start classes in the summer, but those who want to start in the fall must submit their applications by August 1. Incoming freshmen have an average GPA of 3.3 and have either a 1040 SAT score or an ACT score of 23.

The main requirement that the university has in place for incoming freshmen is that it asks those students to complete a college prep program of study in high school. Students must submit transcripts that show they took four years of English classes, two years of electives and at least three years of math, life science and social studies classes. The transcripts they provide should also show their grade point averages and class rankings. Students who graduated after 2010 may need to show that they took foreign language classes too.

The University of Colorado-Denver will accept nontraditional students too. Home-schooled students must present a homeschool record that shows the classes they took and submit an SAT or ACT score too. Those who have a GED should submit their scores from the GED exam to show that they received at least a 550 on that exam. Any student who wants to transfer college credits and any student who took AP classes should submit proof of those credits too.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As a public university, UC-Denver keeps tuition costs as low as possible. It expects full-time students to take at least 12 credits of classes each semester. Those students will pay $7,536 per semester as a Colorado resident. Nonresidents pay $23,232 per semester to take a full course load. The university also participates in the Western Exchange Program. This program allows students living in any western state like Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington to take classes for a reduced rate. The university asks for proof of residency to determine the tuition rate that incoming students will pay.

Students of all ages and leaves can qualify for financial aid. They can fill out the FAFSA as soon as it goes live in October and select UC-Denver as the school they want to attend. The university designs financial aid packages around the individual needs of each student and notifies them by mail or through email as to the aid they will get. Undergrads may work on one of the university’s campuses or use a combination of loans and grants.

The university awards more than $30 million in grants and scholarships each year, but it also awards more than $10 million in institutional aid too. Students can go online and apply for more than 40 different scholarships. While some are only available for graduate students or undergrads majoring in select fields, the University of Colorado-Denver allows students to apply for and receive multiple scholarships.