Each year the North Carolina AHEC Program Office sends out a request for proposals to all state supported nursing schools across the state. Each regional AHEC is responsible for the Schools of Nursing in their area. The clinical site grants help develop clinical sites throughout the state in order to facilitate educational efforts of students in North Carolina. The development of these sites targets rural and underserved communities, at-risk populations, primary care, workforce shortage areas, long-term care, public school settings, and clinical sites for nursing education graduate programs.
The clinical site grants are reviewed by each regional AHEC. The final review and selection of these grants is then completed by the North Carolina AHEC Program Office.
As an integral part of our mission, each AHEC is committed to promoting educational mobility for all nurses. North Carolina continues to encourage more nurses to be 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 BSN, MSN, and PhD. Additionally, the state's need for advanced practice nurses continues to increase making accessibility of these programs even more important. Visit the College Foundation of North Carolina for more information on educational mobility options for NC nurses.
NC AHEC offers a self-paced RN Refresher Program for registered nurses who want to return to active practice. The NC AHEC RN Refresher Program is designed for RNs with an inactive license greater than 5 years. It is also available to RNs with an active license who want to update their knowledge and skills. The program consists of an online theory component and a clinical practicum. The theory component has 24 online modules which review adult nursing concepts. The modules are offered by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill Digital Lifelong Learning. The clinical component is 140 hours of precepted clinical experience and is coordinated by South Piedmont AHEC. Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, please email Katie Fitzpatrick or call 704.512.6579.