The nursing education component of Area L AHEC offers individually tailored, on-site education programs at each of the area hospitals. Additionally, guest faculty present programs for all nursing professionals in the area through regularly scheduled regional programs. These programs are developed based on specific needs identified both during on-site assessment, and through the assistance of Area L AHEC’s Nursing Education Advisory Committee.
As an integral part of its mission, each of the nine AHEC centers is committed to promoting educational mobility for all nurses. North Carolina continues to require more nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level and above. AHEC-sponsored off-campus degree programs provide flexible options for working nurses who wish to advance from RN to the BSN or MSN level. Additionally, the state’s need for advanced practice nurses continues to increase making accessibility of these programs even more important. For more information on educational mobility options for NC nurses visit the College Foundation of North Carolina web site.
Area L AHEC is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the North Carolina Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Area L AHEC Nursing Highlights
- Primary Care Certificate
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Primary Care Certificate is online and self-paced, helping you continue to balance work, life, and your career. The certificate prepares an RN to work in a primary care or ambulatory setting or provides continuing professional development for RN’s currently working in primary care. For more information, please contact Patty Collins, or visit UNC Chapel Hills’ online Primary Care RN Certificate Program.
- Area L AHEC offers on-site, webinar, and online courses. These programs are developed based on specific needs identified both during on-site assessment, and through the assistance of Area L AHEC’s Nursing Education Advisory Committee.
- Area L AHEC provides contract programs at reasonable rates for agencies interested in providing educational programs for their staff.
- The Nurse Refresher Program offers an opportunity for the nurse who has been away from practice to gain skills needed to return to the workforce. For further information about the RN Refresher program, please contact Patty Collins or visit The Nurse Refresher Program.
- Interested in working in ambulatory care? Visit UNC Chapel Hills’ online Primary Care RN Certificate Program.
- Clinical Site Development: Each year, the NC AHEC Program may allocate funds to eligible schools of nursing within the community colleges and the constituent institutions of UNC to develop new clinical training sites for nursing students. For more information, click here.
- Education Mobility: Interested in returning to school for BSN, MSN, PhD or DNP? Current workforce data suggest that the need for advanced practice nurses will continue to increase over the next decade. For more information regarding educational mobility options available, visit The College Foundation of North Carolina.