Preceptors & Students


Contact Us The Office of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE) at Area L AHEC is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic primary care practitioners interested in teaching medical, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and PharmD students in their community-based practices. We would love to have you listed as a preceptor in our program. Please contact Patty Collins at or by phone at (252) 972-6958 for more information.   The purpose of the Office of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE) is to facilitate and enhance high quality, community-based education for health science students from all North Carolina academic centers. Funding for these efforts is provided through the North Carolina AHEC Rural Primary Care Initiative.   ORPCE staff serve as the liaison between community practices and health science schools. We support preceptors and assist students and schools in the following ways:   Health Science Schools   The ORPCE staff works with university course directors and clinical coordinators to identify teaching sites and coordinate clinical community-based placements within the five-county (Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson counties) region of Area L AHEC. The ORPCE attempts to match the requirements of the course and the interests of the students with the appropriate teaching sites.   Preceptors   The ORPCE staff supports approximately primary care community preceptors through preceptor development activities, access to the AHEC Digital Library (ADL), facilitating the faculty appointment process, computer technical assistance support, and preceptor payments when available. The office also serves as a preceptor advocate in local and statewide discussions.   Students   Students are supported through site identification, information technology assistance, local educational seminars and workshops, and student housing. Area L AHEC maintains 8 apartments in Rocky Mount and Wilson to serve the needs of students rotating within the region.  


Area L AHEC is pleased to provide housing for students during community-based training experiences within Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson counties.  Seven apartments are maintained in Rocky Mount and Wilson. Each apartment is completely furnished, including cookware, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, and washer/dryer.  Wireless Internet access is also provided.  Students are responsible for bringing sheets (twin bed), towels, blankets, toiletries, and other expendable items. Students are also expected to help keep the apartments clean and in good condition.  Each apartment can accommodate up to four students (two twin beds per room).  Student spouses or family members cannot be accommodated.  Pets are PROHIBITED. When AHEC housing is available, students are requested to use this lodging.  Students who choose not to utilize available AHEC housing are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging.   Students from the following schools are considered to have an affiliation with the NC AHEC program:  
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wake Forest University
Housing is available at the following locations:   Application for Housing   Applications are processed in the order they are received, so early reservations are advised.  Submit your application as soon as your rotation dates are confirmed.  Other applications will be accepted, space permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit an application as soon as rotation dates are confirmed, even if you are not AHEC affiliated. It is advised that all students make reservations as early as possible.   Forms   Register for Housing