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The School of Nursing partners with the NC Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to provide continuing nursing education and training in communities throughout the state to meet the primary health care needs of North Carolinians.

Nine regional centers comprise the North Carolina AHEC system and are supported primarily by state and local funds. Each NC AHEC Program (Mountain, Northwest, Charlotte, Greensboro, Southern Regional, Wake, Area L, Eastern, and Coastal) is staffed by an interdisciplinary faculty, including one or more nursing educators. Since the program’s beginning in 1972, nursing education and clinical training have been an integral part of its mission to expose nurses to new technology and innovative methods and models of professional nursing practice.

The School of Nursing’s involvement with AHEC nursing occurs in several ways.

  • We provide faculty to the NC AHEC Program to teach continuing education programs around the state, averaging 50-60 programs each year.
  • We provide technical assistance, which usually takes the form of a faculty member providing information or training to health professionals in their own setting.
  • The School of Nursing works collaboratively with the NC AHECs to provide off-campus degree programs for working nurses.
  • The NC AHEC Program also supports graduate students’ housing for clinical experiences, according to standard AHEC travel reimbursement policies and provides reimbursement to preceptors of nurse practitioner students. The NC AHEC Program and its Offices of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE) work cooperatively with UNC Chapel Hill in identifying, developing and recognizing nurse preceptors.
  • Statewide coordination of a self-paced RN refresher program is also provided by the UNC School of Nursing NC AHEC Program office.

Meet the Team

Mary Schuler, EdD, RN, CNE
Statewide AHEC Nursing Liaison


Annie Taft
AHEC Program Assistant


Mailing Address:

UNC School of Nursing
L601 Carrington Hall
Campus Box 7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday