Area L Credit Credits Offered

For participating in the program in its entirety, Area L AHEC will award 0.1 contact hours for each contact hour of the program.  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 for each contact hour of the program.  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.  Statements of credit can be viewed and printed in CPE Monitor.  You should always check your record in CPE monitor two weeks after attending an Area L AHEC CE event to be sure that your credits have been added.  Corrections can only be made within 60 days of attending an event.


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.



 Category A NC Psychology credit
This credit is for Masters or PhD prepared and licensed professionals in the field of Psychology. Category A requirements can be met through attendance at formally organized courses, seminars, workshops, symposiums, and postdoctoral institutes; or through completion of on-line or correspondence courses.  Topics for Category A requirements fall within the following areas: ethical and legal issues in the professional practice of psychology, and the maintenance and upgrading of professional skills and competencies within the psychologist’s scope of practice.  This includes, but is not limited to, training in empirically supported treatments, the application of research to practice, and training in best practice standards and guidelines.  Eighteen hours are required every two years with 3 hours being in ethics.  Psychologists must attend the entire program to receive credit. They must sign in at the beginning of the program and at the completion of the program.


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


Dental Institutions providing dental education have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In doing so, some information or presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references.  The Area L AHEC office acknowledges that there is potential risk to participants using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into their practices, especially when the continuing education program has not provided them with supervised clinical experience in the techniques or procedures to ensure that they have attained competence.  Sponsorship of continuing education courses by the Area L AHEC office does not imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or procedure by this institution.

Disclosure Statement/Conflict of Interest:
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.  As a continuing education provider, the Area L AHEC office is responsible for ensuring the content, quality, and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided.  The Area L AHEC office is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.



Area L AHEC was accredited in 2018, by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Substance Abuse:

Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (SAC) is for substance abuse professionals that have the license of CSAC, LCAS, CCS, and CSAPC.  Sixty hours of continuing education is required with 30 hours being Substance Abuse Specific (SAS).  Three hours must be in ethics and 6 hours on HIV/AIDS/STDS. All training must be approved by the board.  One hour of credit is awarded for each contact hour.


CHES for Certified Health Education Specialists:

Sponsored by North Carolina AHEC Program, Area L AHEC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC).  To recertify, each CHES® must earn 75 CECH every five years, with at least 45 hours being provided by NCHEC-preapproved designated providers (Category I).  CHES® who are due to recertify October 1st must have all continuing education requirements completed by September 30th; CHES® who are due to recertify April 1st must have all continuing education requirements completed by March 31st.


Speech Language Pathologists:
Area L AHEC provides continuing education for Speech Language Pathologists.


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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.