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College of Health Professions

Education for Better Patient Outcomes

Healthcare professionals save lives every day. And having the right training ensures they are prepared for their important work. That is why the College of Health Professions works with health organizations on the local and national level to provide the support and education that medical professionals need in order to succeed. WGU's faculty works with students to ensure personalized learning while meeting industry standards.

“America needs a healthcare workforce that looks like America, equipped with cutting edge technical skills, and laser-focused on the competencies of care. At WGU, we provide students with a supportive community of care and mentorship, a mastery-focused tech-enabled education, and a curriculum designed in close partnership with employers. Our mission is to transform learners into leaders who improve the health of our nation.

—Jan Jones-Schenk
Senior Vice President, College of Health Professions
(Retired April 2022)

Recent Highlights

  • Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. Only 1% of nursing programs across the United States earn this designation.
  • Launched two non-degree offerings through the Center for Professional Learning: Chronic Care Coordination and Behavioral Health Care Coordination.
  • Redesigned RN to BSN degree program to include six professional development certificates.
  • Launched two post-master certificates in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Management.
  • Created a value-based care certificate through the Institute for Advocating Health Care Value and the Center for Professional Learning.


WGU Executive Staff

Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSc, RN, FAADN, FAAN
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Executive Dean / Senior Vice President
College of Health Professions

Scott W. Jones, MBA
Vice President, Academic Operations
College of Health Professions

Janelle Sokolowich, PhD, MSN, RN
Academic Vice President, Dean
College of Health Professions

Health Professions Program Council

Wheeler Coleman 
CEO and Executive Partner 
Executive Consultants United, LLC 

Andrew Croshaw
Leavitt Partners, Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Michelle L. Edwards, DNP, FACHE, FAANP
Chief Experience Officer
Providence, Renton, WA

Dr. Paul Handel
Board of Directors
Medecision, Inc.

Dr. Brent James
Medical Quality Guru
Quality Science, Salt Lake City, UT

Governor Mike Leavitt
Founder of Leavitt Partners
Former HHS Secretary and Governor of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

David Nash, MD, MBA
Founding Dean Emeritus
Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA

Delphene (Dell) B. Oliver, MSN, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer
Mountainside Hospital, Hackensack Meridian Health, Monclair, NJ

Dale Prestipino, BSEE
Executive VP, CIO
Price Waterhouse Coopers, Philadelphia, PA

Marcus Osborne
Senior Vice President 
Walmart, AR 

Carol Ann D. Wilhelm, MPH, RHIA
Consultant and Adjunct Instructor
Loma Linda University, Cypress College, Loma Linda, CA

Nursing Advisory Council

David Benton RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Linda Knodel RN, FAAN
AONE Past President
Chief Nurse Executive, Senior Vice President, National Patient Care Services
Kaiser Permanente

Sylvain Trepanier DNP, RN, CENP
Regional Chief Clinical Executive
Providence St. Joseph Health

Chief Executive Officer
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, ACNP, FAAN, NEA-BC
Executive Vice President, Jefferson Health
Connelly Foundation Chief Nurse Executive Officer (CNEO)

Laurie Bigham RN, BSN, Med, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Ardent Health

Stacey Pfenning DNP, APRN, FNP, FAANP
Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Sylvia E. Morris MD, MPH
The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

Vital Flexibility for Health Professionals

Health professionals have heavy demands placed on them, which make education, although important, difficult to achieve. Adding to the challenge are schedules that don't fit into traditional education timeframes. The College of Health Professions has crafted their support model, learning approaches, and schedule to provide health professionals the education they need in a way that fits into their lives. 

Where WGU Graduates Work


CCNE accreditation: The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

CAHIIM accreditation: WGU's B.S. Health Information Management degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


Laurie Charles

Meet two-time WGU College of Health Professions graduate, Laurie, who is shining a light on the darkest of problems. As a forensic nurse, she helps the fight against human trafficking.