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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. 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.


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 Nursing Highlights


  • Get on board the Nursing Management Institute! This is a twelve–hour online course providing a comprehensive educational program in nursing management. Continuing education credits are awarded for passing scores on each post-test. A certificate in nursing management will be awarded upon the successful completion of 10 courses.
  • 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. If you or someone you know has let his/her registered nurse license expire and/or needs a refresher course, contact Patty L. Collins, MAEd, BSN, RN.
  • Interested in working in ambulatory care?  Check out UNC Chapel Hills’ online Primary Care RN Certificate Program.