Arizona College of Nursing
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Executive Director of Academic Operations
Andrew Nydegger came to Arizona College of Nursing – Salt Lake City in July, 2020 with prior experience as a Program Director and Assistant Dean. His specialties in nursing are mental health and long-term care.
As Executive Director of Academic Operations, Dr. Nydegger ensures that students receive a high-quality nursing education and that they are well prepared to become excellent, safe nurses. He is committed to the success of his students and delights in their achievement.
Executive Director of Enrollment Services
I am a mother of two beautiful girls, a 12 year old and a 1 year old. I have a love for education and specialize in the healthcare industry. I grew up on a ranch in the hill-country outside of Austin, Texas and moved to Utah in 2013. I absolutely love the outdoors and love that Utah has all four seasons. Autumn is my favorite. I’m a homebody and love to spend time with my girls and my husband at home. My hobbies include running and crafting.
Dean of General Education
M.S. in Molecular Biosciences and Bio-engineering, University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa
M.S. in Entomology and Nematology specializing in Forensic and Medical, University of Florida
B.S. in Forensic Science, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Angelique began her career in education as a Lead Adjunct instructor in 2010 with Chaminade University of Honolulu’s nursing program. She has over 10 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level and served as a science adjunct for Arizona College of Nursing before being named Dean of General Education at the Salt Lake Campus. In addition, she is an AVID trained teacher with vast experience in student engagement and WICOR-based strategies to increase student master of content and higher-level thinking skills.
As Dean of General Education, Angelique guides and supports nursing students through their general curriculum requirements.
Dean of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing – Grand Canyon University
Master’s Degree, Nursing Education – University of Phoenix
Bachelor’s Degree, Nursing – University of Phoenix
Dr. Heather Panek has joined Arizona College with 13 years experience working in nursing education. She has been involved in leadership positions with several colleges in Utah as a Director and Dean (PN, ADN, BSN programs). Dr. Panek has taught in didactic (online & on campus), lab, simulation, and clinical (PN, ADN, BSN, DNP/FNP programs).
Her specialties in clinical background are in Medical, Surgical, Orthopedics, Mom/Baby, OR, Community, Home Health, Hospice, and Telehealth. Dr. Panek holds positions on multiple advisory boards for other colleges in Utah and believes in collaboration to help educate all student nurses to help each student succeed. Dr. Panek holds an Advanced Holistic Nursing Certification and believes in a holistic approach with both her students and patients.
BSN Program Manager
MBA in Business Management and Strategy, Western Governors University
BS in Business Management, Western Governors University
AS in Accounting, Eagle Gate College
Mickie currently works as the BSN Program Manager for Arizona College. She recently began her employment for Arizona College in November 2021.
With over 13 years of experience, Mickie continues to inspire students to fulfill their dreams with coaching and encouragement. She has held several different positions at other institutions which include Director of Student Records, Registrar, Campus Director, Associate Academic Dean Nursing and Academic Dean of Online Learning.
Mickie’s central focus is student success. She reviews student academic files and schedules to ensure completeness and accuracy, monitors student progression, evaluates transcripts for transfer credit eligibility, and orders student textbooks. She assists students with their questions and needs. All of which help to strengthen the student experience at Arizona College. Mickie attends all Campus Management and Faculty meetings for Arizona College, Salt Lake Campus. Additionally, Mickie works closely with the Admissions team to make certain that students are reviewed for approval into the Nursing program in a timely manner.
Before entering into her career in higher education, Mickie worked in a number of professions as a Master Esthetician Instructor, Book Keeper, and Veterinary Practice Manager. She has a wide range of experiences that have continued to benefit her throughout her career as a leader.
Mickie, her husband Randy and their 9 children, 1 of which still lives at home, live in Mapleton, UT. They enjoy spending time with their 13 grandchildren and dogs.
1 The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).
2 All Arizona College of Nursing and Arizona College campuses are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a U.S. Department of Education-recognized national accrediting agency.