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Online Healthcare Leadership Track: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Learning

The online Healthcare Leadership (HCL) program is designed for individuals with substantial experience in the healthcare field who are missing the proper credentials for increased pay or promotions within their organization.

Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of the Louisville, this program enriches your expertise in leadership, organizational change, workplace development and performance to help you attain higher-level positions and improve healthcare systems. Leveraging your prior work experience, the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) component allows you the opportunity to earn up to 48 college credits tuition-free. And with the option of either a Term Option (term-based) or Flex Option (competency-based education) degree path, you can advance through the program at the speed that’s right for you.

A success coach will be with you along the way to ensure that you have all the tools and guidance necessary to succeed in this program.


With UofL Online, students can complete this degree on their own time through fully online coursework.

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Earn up to 48 credits for work experience, knowledge and training, with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

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Take one 8-week course at-a-time and stay on track. Enhance your expertise with new skills and knowledge.

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"Being in the HCL program at UofL definitely prepared me for greater challenges with my career and with life. I would recommend it to anyone."


How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 active duty military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Term option online students follow the standard tuition and payment policies.

Flex option online students pay before starting each course (non-refundable).


  • Strengthen and enrich your understanding of concepts important to management of healthcare processes and organizations.
  • Save time and money by completing the prior learning assessment (PLA) to earn college credit for your work experience.
  • Earn your degree in the time that’s right for you with the choice of Term or Option pace learning.
  • Complete only 36 credit hours (12 core courses) at UofL to earn your degree.
  • Join a community of learners, instructors and support staff who understand your priorities and are invested in your success.
  • Access classes, assignments and library resources 100% online.

Term or Flex

You may choose between two enrollment options to accommodate your learning style and life demands.

Term Option

The term option program uses a more structured term-based format through accelerated 8 week courses and guided learning. Our 8 week terms allow you to focus on one course at the time, and better manage your education alongside your other priorities. This option is very similar to a traditional university structure, but with accelerated terms for quicker degree completion. In this format, the degree may take most students just over a year-and-a-half to complete.

“I was able to finish this program in about ten months because this program was tailored to me specifically.”

— Rachel McClain '17

Flex Option (Competency-Based Education)

The competency-based education (CBE) delivery model is an innovative format that allows you to move more quickly through course material you already know and focus on learning what you don’t. CBE students have 1 to 32 weeks to complete each course, with the option to test out of one and advance to another whenever ready. Successful students with mastery of specific competencies typically complete a course within four weeks.

Learn more about competency-based education under the FAQ tab.

Credit for Prior Learning

In the first online core course, Prior Learning Assessment, students evaluate and document their learning from work experiences, existing course credits and associate degrees, technical and specialized training to receive credit for the specialization. They may earn up to 48 credit hours in the specialization component at no cost (equivalent of up to 16 courses). Students then proceed to the remaining courses in the designated track.


The Healthcare Leadership online program at UofL prepares you to advance your professional career in the health administration and/or healthcare management industry, as well as clinic, service and department level positions in public or private healthcare organizations. You’ll have the skills and training to take on roles including but not limited to:

  1. Clinic manager/administrator
  2. Community health operations manager
  3. Health insurance manager
  4. Health policy manager
  5. Health systems specialist
  6. Healthcare process administrator
  7. Healthcare logistics manager
  8. Healthcare organization manager
  9. Military healthcare, operations manager
  10. Nursing supervisor
  11. Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology administrator
  12. Public health manager

Term Option

Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
July 1 Fall August
October 1 Fall October
December 1 Spring January
March 1 Spring March
May 1 Summer May

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Flex Option

Application Deadline Term Start Date
Complete your application and submit supporting documents at least 2 weeks before desired start date. Rolling First Tuesday of each month (except December).

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Steps to Apply

“Take the leap. There’s no time like the present, and I think that this program provides so much flexibility that it’s kind of a no brainer.”

— Rachel McClain '17

  1. Complete undergraduate application for the desired pace and start term
  2. Submit application fee of $25
  3. Submit professional resume – attach within the application form as prompted
  4. Order official college transcripts from all previous institutions

Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent to adetran@louisville.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 24 college credits completed at a regionally-accredited institution preferred
    • Applicants with less than 24 hours of transferrable credit who meet all other admission requirements can be admitted into the continuing studies program to fulfill requirements with proof of:
      • High School grade point average of 2.50 or above, or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) tests
      • Completion of the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum
      • ACT composite score of 21 or above
  • Minimum GPA of 2.70 for all college credit previously earned
  • Minimum of 2,000 hours (approximately one year total) of supervised work experience in a healthcare-related position, within the past 5 years

Not meeting the admission requirements?

If you do not meet one or more admission requirement(s), you may submit a petition for admission requirement waiver within the application form, in conjunction with all other application materials, explaining 1) how this program fits in your career planning and 2) why the unmet requirement(s) will not be a barrier to success in this program.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselors at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

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The online bachelor’s in healthcare leadership is a 120 credit hour online program, broken down into the following steps:

1. Start transfer credit or take cardinal core courses at ul
2. Earn tuition-free credit for prior learning assessment
3. finish complete major require,ents in te bsoll program at ul
120 credit hours

Healthcare Leadership Required Curriculum

The curriculum for the Healthcare Leadership online program is based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s competency model, one of the leading industry standard models for healthcare executive competencies development—the first of its kind in the state and region.

Course List Credit Hours
ELFH 307 Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for Healthcare Leaders 3
ELFH 308 Needs Assessment in Healthcare Organizations 3
ELFH 309 Managing Projects in Healthcare Organizations 3
ELFH 410 Fundamentals of Healthcare Human Resource Management 3
ELFH 413 Management of Diversity in Healthcare Organizations 3
ELFH 415 Organizational Change in Healthcare 3
ELFH 416 Principles of Healthcare Leadership and Management 3
ELFH 430 Healthcare Finance and Accounting 3
ELFH 431 Healthcare Information Management 3
ELFH 432 Healthcare Quality Evaluation 3
ELFH 433 Healthcare Law and Ethics 3
ELFH 450 Healthcare Leadership Culminating Undergraduate Experience 3
Total Required Credit Hours 36

Healthcare Leadership Courses Available as Electives

Course List Credit Hours
ELFH 310 Healthcare Presentations and Group Facilitation 3
ELFH 417 Coaching and Talent Management in Healthcare 3
ELFH 418 Conflict Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
ELFH 419 Healthcare Workplace and Information Ethics 3

Course Descriptions

ELFH 307 Prior Learning Assessment for Healthcare Leaders
To provide healthcare leadership students with key university and program resources with learning the process of documentation, and creation of a product for documentation, for workplace learning. In addition, students will be able to identify their own personal and professional competencies while making connections between these competencies and the skills/competencies required for success in the program.

ELFH 308 Needs Assessment in Healthcare Organizations
Students will be introduced to the conceptual and theoretical foundations and process of organizational needs assessment in healthcare organizations. Particular focus will be paid to developing an understanding of the basics of the needs assessment process.

ELFH 309 Managing Projects in Healthcare Organizations
The course provides an overview of project planning and management tools/techniques used in managing projects in healthcare organizations.

ELFH 410 Fundamentals of Healthcare Human Resource Management
This course provides an opportunity to study the human resources management (HRM) functions and roles of performance management and compensation in healthcare organizations.

ELFH 413 Management of Diversity in Healthcare Organizations
Examination of theoretical and practical means of cultural diversity, worldview and multicultural awareness in the workplace from a global perspective. To cover workplace practices that are incorporated internationally, and to examine human resource-related practices from a global perspective within the area of healthcare.

ELFH 415 Organizational Change in Healthcare
Focus on strategies for effecting whole organization and process change in healthcare organizations.

ELFH 416 Principles of Healthcare Leadership and Management
This course provides an introduction to healthcare management, along with concepts, theories, and application of strategic leadership and management principles for increasing the effectiveness of healthcare organizations.

ELFH 430 Healthcare Finance and Accounting
Introduction to healthcare finance and accounting including: health business basics; how services are paid; pricing decisions and profit analysis; planning and budgeting; capital investment decisions; reporting profits, assets, financing, and cash flows; assessing organizational financial condition.

ELFH 431 Healthcare Information Management
Students will be introduced to conceptual and theoretical foundations of healthcare information management. Focus will be paid to developing an understanding about processes used to manage healthcare information management.

ELFH 432 Healthcare Quality Evaluation
Students will be introduced to conceptual and theoretical foundations of healthcare quality evaluation. Particular focus will paid to developing an understanding of the basics of the quality evaluation process.

ELFH 433 Healthcare Law and Ethics
Students will explore and examine the legal, policy and ethical issues that engage healthcare professionals in the ever-changing healthcare system. Particular focus will be on developing professionalism, both personally and organizationally.

ELFH 450 Healthcare Leadership - CUE
The course includes a Culminating Experience reflection, a Program Exit Portfolio, and a Capstone Project. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous CBE Healthcare Leadership courses.

  • General info
    • Is UofL’s Heathcare Leadership program accredited?

      Yes, the BSOLL (Healthcare Leadership) program at UofL has the same accreditation as the university. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).

    • How do I get credit for work/life knowledge?

      One of the first courses that online students will take in this program is the Prior Learning Assessment (ELFH 307). This course counts as three-credit hours toward degree completion, and the activities within the course provides the basis for faculty members to assess the level of competency development gained through past knowledge, skills and experiences that you have accumulated throughout your career.

    • How many college credits can I earn for my work/life knowledge?

      You may earn up to 48 credits hours (of the 120 credit hours necessary for graduation) based on your past work/life development and knowledge, through the Prior Learning Assessment, at no cost to you. This can result in savings up to $23,856 in tuition.

    • When can I start in this program?
      • Term Option students can start in Fall (term 1 or term 2); Spring (term 1 or term 2) or Summer (one term).
      • Flex Option students can start on the first Tuesday of any month, except December (a total of 11 starts per year are available).
    • What happens if I need to stop taking courses for a while?

      For exceptional circumstances, your dedicated Success Coach will outline options for you to follow in order to maintain progress toward degree completion.

    • How long will it take to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree?
      • For Term Option students – students can complete the program within 3-4 intensive semesters, taking two 2-week sessions per semester.
      • For Flex Option students – the length of the program will vary based on your existing competencies, the amount of college credit you obtain for previously-acquired knowledge, your learning pace, and even your professional schedule.
    • What requirements do I have to meet to graduate?

      Graduation is determined based on the following criteria:

      • Successful completion of your General Education courses
      • Successful completion of your Core Content courses
      • You must earn at least 120 credit hours total (this can include: the PLA, articulated transfer credit, institutional credit, CLEP, etc.)
        • At least 50 credit hours must be completed at the 300+ level
      • You must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.3 GPA in the program (B+ or better is 3.3 for the Program)
    • Will I earn my degree from UofL?

      Yes. The “Bachelor of Science” will be granted by the University of Louisville and represented as such on the diploma. The transcripts will reflect the completion of curriculum requirements in Organizational Leadership and Learning, Healthcare Leadership Track.

  • About CBE (Competency-Based Education)
    • What is CBE (Competency-Based Education)?

      Competencies are typically defined as abilities, knowledge and skills that enable a person to do something successfully or efficiently and to act effectively in a job or situation within an organization.

      “Competency-based education” is an innovative learning model that helps working professionals obtain a bachelor’s degree at their own pace and on their own time. CBE students at the University of Louisville may earn up to 48 college credits for their work experience and other types of learning completed previously (training, college coursework, professional development, military service, etc.) through Prior Learning Assessment during the initial phase of the program. The program’s curriculum is based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership competency model, one of the industry leading standards for the development of competent healthcare executives. Additional information about the basis for our competency model can be found at www.nchl.org.

    • How does CBE work?

      According with the U.S. Department of Education, the Competency-Based Education model is a way of transforming learning from seat time to “a structure that creates flexibility and allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. Competency-based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities.”

    • How is CBE course different than a campus or online course?

      The main difference is that a competency-based course allows students to demonstrate proficiencies and competencies in a specific discipline and topic, earn credit for the knowledge they already have, and move ahead through the required curriculum, learning new knowledge at their own pace. Students may choose between two enrollment paths:

      • Flex Option

      Students have 1 to 32 weeks to move through the course material at their own pace, providing more schedule flexibility and individual determination of pace.

      • Term Option

      Students enroll in 8-week courses and complete each course within a pre-determined time frame, offering the benefits of accelerated courses within a more traditional university structure.

    • How are the CBE courses delivered?

      CBE courses are delivered 100% online, using Sagence as a learning platform. Sagence will release the courses once the student has passed the knowledge test. Students can access their course materials, assignments, discussion boards, and group work anytime and from anywhere.

    • Will my diploma identify the CBE or online delivery method?

      Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning, Healthcare Leadership track will receive the traditional University of Louisville Bachelor of Science diploma with no mention of delivery mode or CBE.

    • Will the credits earned in the bachelor’s degree at UofL through the CBE program be transferable to another institution or degree?

      Yes. All credits earned in this program are transferable.

  • Admissions/Enrollment
    • What are the Work Experience requirements for this program?

      Candidates must have a minimum of 2,000 hours (one year) of supervised work experience in a healthcare or healthcare-related organization within the past 5 years. Healthcare experience can be drawn from a very wide range of health services organizations including hospitals, medical clinics, pharmaceutical sales, medical logistics, military healthcare, health insurance, long term care, allied health services, etc. Prospective students can count service that includes administrative, clinical, and/or educational.

    • Do I need to procure and send in my official transcripts?

      Yes. Acceptance into the CBE program will require submission of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Please have your official transcripts sent directly to UofL. Send all admission materials to the Undergraduate Admissions office at the following address:

      University of Louisville
      Office of Admissions, Dept AO
      Louisville, Kentucky 40292
      United States of America
      Or email to: adetran@louisville.edu

    • How long will it take for my transcripts to be evaluated?

      Typically, our admissions team will evaluate transcripts in the order they are received, within one week from receipt.

  • Tuition/Financial Aid
    • Is financial aid available? How do I apply?

      Yes. Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Some restrictions may apply for Flex Option students. Please contact our enrollment counselor who will connect you with the financial aid representative for more details regarding your financial aid application.

    • Can I get a refund if I start the program and do not want to finish my course(s)?
      • Term Option students are eligible for a refund according with standard undergraduate policies.
      • Flex Option students are eligible for a refund only up until they begin a course. Once a student starts in a course, they are no longer eligible for a refund.
    • Is Tuition Assistance available for active duty military?

      Yes, Tuition Assistance (TA) is currently available for active duty military at the rate of $250 per credit hour (subject to change without prior notice).

    • Are other forms of financial aid or scholarships available?

      Some employers may provide tuition support through employer reimbursement programs. You must check with your employer to identify availability of this type of support. There are no scholarships available for the Flex Option program.

    • As a UofL employee, will my tuition remission benefit cover the flex option?

      No, the employee tuition remission benefit will only cover the term option.

    • Can I use my VA benefits to finance this degree program?

      No, students cannot use VA benefits to finance the program (flex or term option).

    If this education opportunity matches your needs and goals, contact us today and we’ll help you get started on the path to success!