The Health Sciences Leadership and Development* degree is a unique bachelor's degree completion program which enables professionals with an associate degree in any healthcare field to build upon their existing degree to earn a bachelor of science focused on healthcare leadership and management, healthcare education, or teammate development. 

*This is a new program which is awaiting accreditation approval from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)


The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Leadership and Development (HSLD) program focuses on “preparing healthcare leaders to manage, lead, and develop exemplary healthcare providers”. The curriculum progressively builds upon associate degree healthcare programs to enhance the student’s current clinical knowledge through integration of healthcare business concepts, leadership theory, and techniques for developing future healthcare The HSLD program will place a strong emphasis on the dynamics of interprofessional teams, the development of exemplary communication skills, and managing teams through change.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Leadership and Development program are:

  • To educate and prepare allied health professionals for expanded roles in leadership and workforce development.
  • To provide multiple pathways for allied health professionals to obtain master’s level education.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate the roles of the interprofessional healthcare team.
  • Effectively communicate in the professional environment.
  • Practice diverse leadership skills appropriate to the profession.
  • Implement best practice decision-making strategies to effectively oversee clinical staff or clinical students.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to adapt to the current trends in healthcare.
  • Evaluate legal and ethical behaviors in the healthcare setting.
  • Interpret quality and compliance measures associated with healthcare delivery.
  • Apply best practices in workforce education and development.