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Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership program at Lindenwood University School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences meets the needs of allied health professionals who want to advance their educational preparation.  The program emphasizes the principles of healthcare leadership and management with the aim of preparing allied professionals to be a vital part of the interprofessional healthcare team.  In the rapidly changing healthcare environment, allied health professionals need to be ready to meet the challenges of providing safe, effective, high-quality care focusing on optimal health outcomes.  The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership provides a degree completion opportunity for students who have completed or are completing an associate degree in an allied health discipline. 

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership Plan of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership program outcomes reflect the expectations of allied health professionals.  Today's healthcare supervisors and managers must have a skill set sophisticated enough to match the increased complexity of today’s healthcare environment. The Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA)1, a consortium of six major professional membership organizations, used the research from and experience with their individual credentialing processes to posit five competency domains common among all practicing healthcare supervisors/managers/leaders: (1) communication and relationship management, (2) professionalism/ethics, (3) leadership, (4) knowledge of the healthcare system, and (5) business skills and knowledge.  The program outcomes and curriculum structure emphasize the development of the skills essential to achieving optimal patient outcomes in today’s complex healthcare system.

1 - Stefl, M. E. (2008). Common competencies for all healthcare managers: the Healthcare Leadership Alliance model. Journal of Healthcare Management,53 (6).

The undergraduate allied health leadership program will prepare allied health professionals to:

  • Evaluate the provision of health care through synthesis of prior learning and environmental influences on patient outcomes.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice to promote health, prevent disease, and manage illness for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Interpret the influences of patient safety, health policy, and finance on or within healthcare delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate leadership, management, and communication skills in decision making, delegation, and interdisciplinary collaboration to provide safe, coordinated, high quality care.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

Distance/Hybrid Learning

Lindenwood University prides itself on providing students with values-centered programs leading to the development of the whole person – an educated, responsible citizen of a global community. The nursing and allied health faculty works collaboratively with the Center for Distance Learning and plays a key role in enhancing the education process with various forms of technology. Distance technology provides a stable place for students to receive information, view captured lectures, take tests and quizzes, submit assignments, and conduct high-level intellectual discussions as an integral part of the learning process. Lindenwood University uses Blackboard for our online learning platform.

The School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences utilizes a hybrid, or blended, learning environment that combines face-to-face class time with online learning experiences. Within a hybrid course, 25 percent of the instruction is face-to-face and 75 percent of the instruction is online using a learning management system platform. Lindenwood University utilizes Blackboard as its online course management platform.

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