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. The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Crossing the Quality Chasm report (2001) emphasizes “…the importance of adequately preparing the workforce to make a smooth transition into a thoroughly revamped health care system…”. LU’s program offers allied health professionals in our community the opportunity to expand their educational preparation for practice to be in line with the expectations of the increasingly complex healthcare environment. The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership provides a degree completion opportunity for students who have completed an associate degree in an allied health discipline, such as radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, and health information technology.
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 BS in Allied Health Leadership curriculum was developed to give allied healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to achieve optimal patient outcomes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary healthcare environment. Students work directly with a faculty advisor to individualize a plan of study to meet all the nursing and general education requirements to complete the AHL degree. Samples plans of study are offered to give students an idea of how they can progress through the AHL program – all the sample plans of study are designed at a part time rate to allow for the unique adult learning demands of life, work, and school balance.
The School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (SONAHS) utilizes a hybrid or blended (online and face-to-face) learning environment to facilitate allied health coursework. Hybrid courses blend the efficiency and convenience of online learning experiences with active, engaged traditional classroom “face-to-face” experiences that offer enriching student and faculty connections. The hybrid learning model is particularly suited to the needs of the adult learner who is striving for optimal work, life, and school balance. At the SONAHS, the typical hybrid allied health course includes two face-to-face sessions with the remaining learning occurring via the online learning environment.
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 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.
Additional information regarding the hybrid learning environment, hardware/software requirements for online learning, LU Department of Information Technology resources, and “netiquette” expectations are located in the handbook appendices.
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