Contact Us  Clinical Precepting Learning Opportunities

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.


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 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.