Credits Offered

CEU:  For participating in the program in its entirety, Area L AHEC will award 0.1 CEUs.  CEUs are calculated by tenths. Example: 0.1 CEU = one contact hour of participation.  The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized measure of participation in an approved non-credit continuing education program.

Contact Hours:  For participating in the program in its entirety, Area L AHEC will award 1.0 contact hour.  Many licensure boards accept contact hours including social work, nursing, counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc. Contact your licensing board for specific questions.

Nursing Contact Hours
Area L AHEC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  An APO # will be assigned to the program and will appear in marketing and on verification of attendance forms.

Pharmacy – ACPE

Area L AHEC provides continuing education for pharmacists in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  To receive CE credit, attendance MUST be acknowledged at the registration desk upon arrival at the program.  No partial credit will be awarded.  The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Physical Therapy
Area L AHEC is a pre-approved provider for NCBPTE Continuing Competence Activities.

The North Carolina AHEC Program is an approved sponsor of programs that provide Category A NC Psychology credit.  ( – Paragraph d.)

Oral Health

The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers are an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Area L AHEC was accredited in 2018, by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), to provide AMA PRA Category 1TM – accredited programs for physicians.

Substance Abuse
Application may be made to the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board for either General Skill Building (GSB) Credit or Substance Abuse Specific (SS) Credit.

CHES for Certified Health Education Specialists
The North Carolina AHEC Program is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Speech Language Pathologists
The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

Athletic Trainers
The NC Area Health Education Center Program is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.

Other discipline-specific credits may be offered when appropriate.  Please contact for more information.

If you are planning a program, would like to be a speaker, or seeking continuing education credit, please email us or contact us at 252-972-6958.