College of Health Sciences

Clinical Leadership & Management


Faculty-to-Student Ratio

small class sizes with accessible and experienced CLM faculty


Advisor meetings

access to an Academic Advisor to meet more than once per semester


Practicum Hours

earn a wealth of professional experience built into the CLM major

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Will Bickers

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building

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  • BHS

The UK Clinical Leadership and Management Bachelor of Health Sciences degree lays the groundwork for graduates to pursue graduate education and careers as competent, evidence-informed, effective leaders and life-long learners prepared to engage in ethical and interprofessional healthcare management practice. Graduates develop fundamental knowledge, values, and skills to lead with cultural humility and promote compassionate, efficient, responsive services to improve healthcare outcomes, the patient experience, access to healthcare, and quality of life for people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.


Grow Your Future

There are currently 4,130 jobs for healthcare managers in Kentucky and this is projected to grow by 20% to about 4,970 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for healthcare managers, which sees this job pool growing by about 16.0% over the next eight years. In general, healthcare managers plan, direct, or coordinate medicine and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Students who graduate from the Clinical Leadership and Management Program are marketable in management positions of healthcare enterprises, able to assume greater responsibilities at their current jobs, more qualified for job promotions within their facility and may continue their studies at a graduate level. The CLM program provides for a more educated allied health care professional workforce for Kentucky communities (and beyond) and their patients, in turn, will be better served.

Classes & Requirements

Year 1 Fall

  • Composition & Communication I (3 hrs)
  • UK Core Citizenship (3 hrs)
  • UK Core Math (3 hrs)
  • UK Core Arts & Creativity (3 hrs)
  • CHS 150 Introduction to Interprofessional Healthcare Seminar (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Year 1 Spring

  • Composition & Communication II (3 hrs)
  • UK Core Statistics (STA 210/296) (3 hrs)
  • UK Core Social Science (PSY 100)  (3 hrs)
  • CLM 104 Mindfulness Practices & Stress Reduction (1 hr)
  • CLM 120  Introduction to Careers in Clinical Leadership & Management (2 hrs)
  • CLM 241  Health & Medical Care Delivery Systems (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Year 2 Fall

  • UK Core Natural Science (3 hrs)
  • UK Core Humanities (3 hrs)
  • Elective (3 hrs)
  • Elective (3 hrs)
  • CLM 300  Healthcare Managers: Write, Speak, Create (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Year 2 Spring

  • UK Core Global Dynamics (3 hrs)
  • Elective (3 hrs)
  • CLM 325  Introduction to Healthcare Management (3 hrs)
  • CLM 335 Health Information Management (3 hrs)
  • CHS 354  Interprofessional Evidence Based Decision Making (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Year 3 Fall

  • Elective (300 level or up) (3 hrs)
  • Elective (300 level or up) (3 hrs)
  • CLM 345  Quality & Productivity Improvement & Evaluation  (3 hrs)
  • CLM 350  Health Policy, Politics, & Law (3 hrs)
  • CLM 353  Ethics in Health Services Management (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Year 3 Spring

  • Elective (300 level or up) (3 hrs)
  • CLA 131  Medical Terminology (3 hrs)
  • CLM 323  Social Determinants in Health (3 hrs)
  • CLM 342  Leadership:  Management Competencies Essential to Lead in Healthcare (3 hrs)
  • CLM 401  Practicum I: Foundations (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Year 4 Fall

  • Elective (300 level or up) (3 hrs)
  • Elective (300 level or up) (3 hrs)
  • CLM 453  Cultural Competencies in Healthcare (3 hrs)
  • CLM 455  Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations (4 hrs)
  • CLM 480  Special Topics (3 hrs)

Total hours: 16

Year 4 Spring

  • CLM 443  Leadership: Strategic Vision, Mission, & Planning in Healthcare (3 hrs)
  • CLM 444   Leadership:  HR Management in Healthcare (3 hrs)
  • CLM 402  Practicum II: Intermediate (3 hrs)
  • CLM 403  Practicum III: Advanced (3 hrs)
  • CLM 495  Capstone (3 hrs)

Total hours: 15

Please note: Some of our classes are currently available in hybrid or online formats and by 2020, all of the remaining upper division CLM major courses will be available in an online format for full-time working students. Additionally, courses may be offered in semesters other than the ones listed in the chart above as we transition to the new curriculum.  You will work with your advisor to address any changes that need to be made with your individualized plan.

Practicum Note:  For full-time students, Practicums II and III will be taken in the final semester as an immersive experience of 8 weeks of placement in the field. The other classes that semester will include 2 part of term courses before the placement begins (CLM 443 and 444), along with Capstone (CLM 495).  If you work full-time in health care, there is an opportunity to complete the practicum at your place of employment with permission from the Practicum Coordinator and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Clinical Leadership & Management.  For more information on the practicum, please contact Dr. Karen Clancy, Faculty Practicum Coordinator, at .

For admissions information, please contact: Mr. William Bickers, Director of Recruitment for the College of Health Sciences, at .

For students interested in more information on the curriculum or information on a part-time model, please contact Dr. Sarah Kercsmar, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Clinical Leadership & Management, at

Graduation Requirements

To receive a Baccalaureate Degree from the College of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership and Management, students are required to complete a minimum of 120 course credits which includes the major core curriculum, completion of the UK Core General Education coursework, and Graduation Composition and Communication requirement. It is advisable that prospective students for consideration in Track A discuss transfer credits from their associate degree program with the CLM Academic Advisor in the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs.

UK Core Requirements

*CLM Prerequisites serving as Core

Arts and Creativity - any3Humanities - any3Social Sciences - PSY100*4Natural/Physical/Mathematical – ANT 2303Composition and Communication 1-CIS/WRD 110*3Composition and Communication 2- CIS/WRD 111*3Quantitative Foundations MA 1234Statistical Inferential Reasoning- Any3Community, Culture, and Citizenship in the USA – SOC 2353Global Dynamics – ANT 160 or GEO 1613Total UK Core32

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement

In order to fulfill the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement, CLM students complete WRD 205 Intermediate Composition.

Premajor Requirements 

CIS/WRD 110 Composition and Communication 1

CIS/WRD 111 Composition and Communication 2

PSY 100 General Psychology

HHS 101 Survey of Health Professions

HHS 102 Survey of Health Professions-Shadowing Experience

CLA 131 Medical Terminology

CLM 241 Health and Medical Care Delivery Systems

WRD 205 Intermediate Composition

CLM Admissions

Health Sciences Undecided/Exploratory Studies Option

Many university students will change their major or career goals at least once during their college years. To assist students in finding a health profession that meets personal interests and professional ambitions, College of Health Sciences has developed an Undecided/Exploratory Studies option for students who have yet to decide the specific program of study that most closely aligns both their interests and goals for becoming a professional in health care. The Health Sciences Undecided/Exploratory Studies option provides students with an educational environment that includes coursework and co-curricular programs to introduce students to a variety of health professionals, health care settings, and the unique opportunity to explore multiple working areas found on the medical campus during their first year in college. For more information or to inquire further, please contact 

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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Will Bickers

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building