Hopebridge Fellowship Program

Join the Fellowship Program in Behavior Analysis

From on-the-job training to career advancement opportunities, the Fellowship Program at Hopebridge offers students of behavior analytic programs an unforgettable, encouraging experience that sets them up for success in school, the BACB exam and their professions.

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Why BCBA Students Choose Hopebridge

Empowered. Motivated. Prepared. Supported. Enthusiastic. Clinical competency and excellence. These are just a handful of the sentiments provided by Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) students who participate in Hopebridge’s Fellowship Program.

Our goal is to create an environment that inspires growth and provides authentic learning opportunities by offering Fellows individualized and intentional experiences to develop highly qualified leaders of applied behavior analysis that will further our mission.

The program is set up for students to excel at work, in their studies as they attend graduate school, as they prepare for the BACB exam, and in their future within the field of ABA. Hopebridge’s Fellows tell us they feel they have an advantage over other students in their graduate programs because of this unique experience. Beyond all the perks of a paid, full-time RBT position – complete with benefits – while working in our centers, here are a few reasons why students choose to work at Hopebridge while studying to become a BCBA:

  • The range of opportunities to accrue structured supervision hours
  • The real-life training experience through hands-on support from a team of BCBAs and clinical leadership
  • A unique and meaningful curriculum and syllabus dedicated to building specific competencies, all in compliance with the BACB 5th Edition Task List
  • The program’s objective to increase the BCBA pass rate by providing leading preparation tools and study groups, free of cost to Fellows (plus a Pass Bonus!)
  • Chances to transfer to one of Hopebridge’s many locations across the nation
  • Purposeful extracurricular and professional development opportunities that include journal club, guest speakers, case presentations, research participation, Funds for Fellows and more

Get in the Door

Gain Supervision Hours … on the Job!

According to our Fellowship students, one of the biggest perks of Hopebridge’s fellowship Program is the structured supervision hours.

  • Time to obtain restricted hours
    Simultaneously obtain BCBA fieldwork requirements built right into your workday as a Registered Behavior Technician.
  • Opportunity to obtain unrestricted hours
    Students can work with their supervising BCBA and ABA fieldwork advisor at Hopebridge to meet their requirements that fall outside of direct therapy, such as developing behavior intervention plans and conducting assessments.

A Nationwide Team of Support

At Hopebridge, there’s always someone to cheer you on or overcome an obstacle, as providing best-in-class, hands-on support and mentorship is a key piece of the Fellowship Program.

Rather than learning from solely one supervisor for the entirety of their fieldwork, Fellowship students are mentored by several in-center BCBAs, have a Fellowship committee cheering them on and providing feedback, as well as receive virtual support from clinical leadership at the regional and corporate levels to ensure competency and diversity of experience. By working closely with supervisors who have a multi-dimensional range of passions and backgrounds, students receive a well-rounded, hands-on experience in behavior analysis.

In addition to multiple mentors, Fellowship students have the opportunity to build communities internal and external to the Hopebridge Fellowship Program, to contact behavior-analytically enriched learning environments.

Eligibility to Apply for Fellowship

The Fellowship Program’s open enrollment windows open quarterly for new applicants. To apply, candidates should be mindful of the following requirements:

  • Employed as a full-time ABA Therapist/RBT for Hopebridge
  • Started qualifying graduate-level behavior analytic coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

Not yet a Hopebridge employee? External application opportunities are available at select Hopebridge locations. Review our open positions to find out more about how you can join our team and take advantage of the Fellowship Program.

Pass the BCBA Exam

Let’s face it. Taking any test can be nerve-wracking, especially when your future relies on it. As with every other step of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Hopebridge aims to alleviate pressure and boost your confidence by incorporating some of the best BCBA exam study tools and mock exams available. In addition to providing access to practical and efficient study tools, we also connect our students with each other to create effective and fun study groups.

Here’s the exciting news: It’s working! Hopebridge’s program graduates consistently pass at a higher rate than the BACB national average.

As extra incentives, Hopebridge also covers exam application and scheduling fees, plus Fellows have the chance to receive a “pass bonus” as extra compensation if they pass on the first or second attempt.

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Enhance Your Career with a Dream Job

Part of our mission is to cultivate our Hopebridge Heroes right here at home in our centers. We love to see our students’ enthusiasm while working and studying at Hopebridge, and we’re equally eager for them to choose to stay with us long-term! As part of the Fellowship Program, we are ecstatic to guarantee a position to every Fellowship student who remains in good standing. We provide guidance and oversight through the credentialing and licensure process as you begin the next chapter as a newly minted BCBA.

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Continue to Learn and Grow

The learning doesn’t end once you’re a BCBA. Beyond the tracks for students at Hopebridge, we have several programs in place to provide our team members with the tools, access and experience they need to deepen their knowledge and take their careers to the next level.

Following the Fellowship, jump right into the Bridge Program alongside other BCBAs where you will receive mentorship and training that sets you off for other career possibilities, including opportunities to earn nearly half of your requires CEUs to maintain certification – for free – which will put you on track to accrue the necessary hours as you finish your first year. Then, from a advancement through a clear BCBA Career Pathway, to company-sponsored CE events, to leadership exploration, we make it a point to provide endless opportunities for our clinicians to broaden their skills.

Enabling our BCBAs to continue to grow into – and within – their roles is just as important to us as the development of our children. Find out more about the internal development opportunities available to all our employees:

What Happens Next

Beginning the Fellowship Experience

Not yet an RBT but still aspire to become a BCBA? Becoming an RBT is one of the initial steps on the BCBA journey and we can train you for both positions–while you’re getting paid on the job!

Hopebridge shares our position trajectory with employees to support their learning and growth opportunities. Upon meeting eligibility requirements, RBTs can apply to move through the tiered Fellowship Program positions by completing our curriculum designed to teach the clinical, leadership and professional skills necessary to be a competent, confident and compassionate BCBA. About halfway through their Fellowship, students will spend half of their time serving as an RBT and the other half preparing to become a behavior analyst by gaining real life experience. This role involves shadowing BCBAs, oversight of behavior analytic services, participating in family guidance and conducting initial ABA evaluations, to name a few responsibilities.

Already Have Experience? There’s a Place for You, Too

We recognize that while some RBTs are starting their fieldwork journey with us, others come with varying amounts of fieldwork hours already accrued and experience gained. It is important to us that you are “right sized” into the tier that honors your experience before you arrived. If you already have some fieldwork experience under your belt, we will review your documentation and get to know more about your skills for a more appropriate placement so you are ready to become a BCBA without delay!

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