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Leavitt School of Health

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 Leavitt School of Health 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.

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

Keith Smith, Ed.D., MBA, MA
Executive Dean / Senior Vice President
Michael O. Leavitt School of Health

Scott W. Jones, MBA
Vice President, Academic Operations
Michael O. Leavitt School of Health

Anmy Tran Mayfield, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Vice President and Dean, College of Nursing
Michael O. Leavitt School of Health

Health Professions Program Council

Brent James, M.D., M Stat
CMedical Quality Guru
Quality Science

Dallas Ducar, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNL
Transhealth Northhampton

Geoffrey Roche, MPA
Senior VP
National Health Care Practice & Workforce Partnerships

Jan Jones-Schenk, D.HSc, RN, FAADN, FAAN
Executive Dean Emeritus

Marcus Osborne, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
RightMove Health

Michelle Edwards, DNP, FACHE, FAANP

Mike Leavitt
Former HHS Secretary
Governor of Utah

Wheeler Coleman
CEO and Executive Partner
Executives Consultants United LLC

Dr. Richard Walker Jr., MD, MBA
Founder & CEO
Walker Health Care Holdings, Inc, TVP-CareLLC, and Canopy Health

Nursing Advisory Council

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

Kate Fitzpatrick, DNP, RN, ACNP, FAAN, NEA-BC
Chief Nurse Executive Officer
Jefferson Health

Sylvia E. Morris, MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente

Jason Orlandi, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Mad River Community Hospital

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Sylvain "SYL" Trepanier, RN, DNP, CENP
Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Joseph Berumen, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Medical City Las Colinas

Kim Hedley, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Health Sciences Division Chair and Associate Professor
Sunny Adirondack

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. 

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CAHIIM accreditation: The Health Information Management accreditor of Western Governors University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the baccalaureate degree in health information management has been reaffirmed through 2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM; 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100; Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at


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.