Clinical Leadership and Management

Program Goals, Rationale

and Development

Program Goals

The major goal of this program is to provide a baccalaureate degree program of study in Clinical Leadership and Management that will enable associate degree trained health care professionals to assume greater leadership and managerial responsibilities in various health care settings. It will also provide an educational bridge to graduate studies.

In addition, this program will contribute to a more educated allied health care workforce in Kentucky communities (and beyond) and Kentucky patients, in turn, will be better served.

Program Rationale

Historically, there have been few opportunities in Kentucky for associate degree trained health care professionals to continue their undergraduate health care education and earn a baccalaureate degree in a health related discipline.

This program serves as a bridge program for associate-degree trained health care professionals who want to continue their studies on a graduate level.

In fall 2003, a statewide Kentucky survey of prospective CLM students (i.e., hospital employed associate degree trained health professionals) reflected a significant market demand for a program of this nature.

An Advisory Committee of community health care leaders provided professional guidance, strong support, and positive institutional feedback regarding the development of the CLM program.

The Balanced Budget Amendment (1997) created a loss of middle management jobs in health facilities and clinicians are now assuming leadership and managerial positions, many without formal academic education and training.

Hospital budgets are now more constrained and on-the-job continuing educational opportunities for health care professionals are more limited.

This program supports the University of Kentucky's strategic undergraduate objectives.

Curriculum Development

In September 2003, an Advisory Board of regional and local health care professionals was established to explore the need, desirability, and essential coursework components of developing a baccalaureate degree program in Clinical Leadership and Management (CLM). Advisory Board members were given an extensive list of content items and skills and asked to rate their importance with respect to the necessary qualifications for effective clinical leaders and managers.

The feedback we received from health care employers, allied health employees, and college faculty was used to develop a 39 hour curriculum that addresses clinical leadership and management and other relevant and related topics. Requirements for admission include an associate degree in a health care profession.

It is also assumed that most students will attend the program on a part-time basis. Therefore, scheduling of course work will be in the late afternoons or evenings in order to accommodate working students (e.g., 4-6:30 or 6-8:30). Also, courses may be scheduled during the summer semesters so that students, especially part-time students, will be able to complete the program and university requirements for graduation in a timely fashion.

The curriculum for the Clinical leadership and Management Program has been reviewed by the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators and designated as meeting the academic requirements needed to sit for this examination. Those students who have had the proper experience, need not complete an Administrator in Training (AIT) experience as a requirement. For those students that need to complete an AIT, the CLM program offers a practicum course with course credit awarded. This credit can be used as elective credit in the completion of the degree.