Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning

Healthcare Leadership [competency-based education]

General info

  • What is CBE (competency-based education)?

    - “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.

  • Is UofL’s CBE program accredited?

    -Yes, the CBE 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 is CBE different than a campus or online program?

    - The main difference is that a CBE program allows students to demonstrate proficiencies and competencies in various disciplines, earn credit for the knowledge they already have, and move ahead through the required curriculum at their own pace. A CBE program allows for time flexibility in achieving the desired learning outcomes, while providing learning opportunities customized to the student's needs. Students may choose between two enrollment paths.

    Flex Pace

    Students have 32 weeks to move through the program materials at their own pace, providing more flexibility and self-direction.

    Set Pace

    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 CBE courses different than traditional courses?

    -CBE courses allow students to focus on one or a few competency areas at a time within a discipline. If students demonstrate that they possess the required competencies for a specific topic/course, they have the option to test out and move ahead faster. Students may choose between two enrollment paths.

    Flex Pace

    Students have 32 weeks to move through the program materials at their own pace, providing more flexibility and self-direction.

    Set Pace

    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 course assessment. Students can access their course materials, assignments, discussion boards, and group work anytime and from anywhere.

  • How long is each CBE course?

    - The length of the course varies based on the student’s progression and pace. Students can take as little or as much time, up to 32 weeks per CBE course (flex pace) , as they need to gain the knowledge in each course and then proceed to the next course. Or students can enroll in 8-week courses and complete each course within a pre-determined time frame (set pace).

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

    - One of the first set of CBE courses that a University of Louisville CBE student will take is the Prior Learning Assessment set (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?

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


  • What are the experience requirements for the CBE program?

    - Candidates must have a minimum of 2,000 hours (one year) of supervised work experience in a healthcare or healthcare-related organization. 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 have service that includes administrative, clinical, and/or educational.

  • How would I know whether I qualify for the CBE bachelor’s program?

    - Prospective students who have questions related to the healthcare experience requirement or past undergraduate performance should contact the enrollment counselor at online@louisville.edu or 1.800.871.8635.

  • 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 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.

  • When can I start in this program?

    - Starts for the program are available the first Tuesday of every month, except December. We offer a total of 11 starts per year.

  • What happens if I need to stop taking courses for a while?

    - A student’s admission to the program provides flexibility for temporary absences. For exceptional circumstances, the CBE Success Coach will outline options for students to follow in order to maintain progress toward degree completion.

Tuition/Financial Aid

  • What is the tuition per credit hour?

    - The tuition rate for the academic year is found on the Tuition page. All fees are included. Access to the e-portfolio LiveText application incurs a one-time charge of $115 – access is valid for 5 years.

  • Is financial aid available for the CBE program? How do I apply?

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

  • Can I get a refund if I start the program and do not want to finish my course(s)?

    -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 enrolled in UofL’s CBE program?

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

  • Are scholarships available for the CBE program?

    - No, at this time there are no scholarships available for the Healthcare Leadership CBE program. However, some employers may provide tuition support through employer reimbursement programs.

  • Will my employer pay for all or some of the tuition for my CBE program?

    - You must check with your employer to identify availability of employer reimbursement programs.

Program completion

  • How many credits must I complete to earn a bachelor’s degree through the CBE program?

    - The program requires completion of 120 undergraduate credit hours, including a minimum of 36 credits in General Education and a minimum of 36 undergraduate credit hours in Healthcare Leadership. A student may earn as many as 48 credit hours toward general elective requirements through Prior Learning Assessment during the onset of the CBE courses set of modules. It is preferred that students accepted in the program have at least 24 credit hours from an accredited institution that may be transferred toward degree completion at UofL.

  • How long will it take to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree through the CBE program?

    - 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. The expected range of time to degree completion is 1 to 3 years.

  • Will student support services be available to CBE students?

    - Yes, an extensive set of resources will be available to students enrolled in the CBE program. Resources include: CBE success coaches, student services, access to helpdesk and Sagence support, as well as tutoring and virtual library services.

  • Will the CBE courses be taught by the same professors as the campus program?

    - Yes, the same faculty members who teach the campus and online program will teach the courses for the CBE program, following the same high standards for course quality and learning outcomes.

  • Will I earn my degree from UofL or from a different institution?

    - 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.

  • Will my diploma identify the CBE program?

    - 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.

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