To meet complex patient needs in the current health care setting, many health care professionals must combine efforts to provide the highest quality of care. These interdisciplinary (INT) and interprofessional (IPE) approaches are particularly effective for addressing problems that are beyond the expertise of one practitioner.
- Northwest AHEC INT and IPE programs are designed to advance the skills of health care professionals in all disciplines, encouraging a comprehensive team approach to patient care.
- Northwest AHEC is able to provide continuing education credits needed by health professionals to maintain their certifications and credentialing privileges.
Continuing Professional Development staff work with state and local health associations, universities and community colleges, hospitals and community organizations to serve constituents in the Northwest AHEC 17-county region.
For information about specific program credits, please visit the NWAHEC site.
Continuing Professional Development Credits
Northwest AHEC provides a variety of continuing education (CE) credits to help you meet the CE expectations of your profession. For a listing of credits provided for individual CE activities, please consult the event brochure or other marketing materials. Target audience will determine credits offered. Each activity is different.
Continuing education requirements for your specific profession are subject to change. Please check with your individual board or organization to remain informed about your profession's requirements.
Northwest AHEC Allied Health Continuing Education provides activities that renew clinical, technological and professional skills. Allied health professionals are given the opportunity to network and collaborate with others who share passion for the profession and its challenges. The focus is on clinical skills, evidence-based practice, workforce development issues and cultural concerns.
Northwest AHEC works with state and local allied health associations, community colleges, universities, hospitals, faculty of UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences, faculty of Duke University School of Medicine and other AHEC allied health coordinators.
Northwest AHEC oral health provides clinical/hands-on training programs, and in-service training for clinical staff/faculty.
Northwest AHEC interdisciplinary education programs are designed to advance the skills of healthcare professionals in all disciplines, encouraging a comprehensive team approach to patient care.
View currently scheduled activities in Interdisciplinary.
The Northwest AHEC provides CME activities in partnership with the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME). The OCME is committed to providing superior, ethical, and timely continuing medical education to healthcare professionals, especially physicians. Physicians are supported in constant self-evaluative improvement and lifelong learning of biomedical knowledge which better enables them to provide optimal and safe patient care leading to the improved health and well-being of the general public.
How to Apply for CME Credit
Considering the wide array of accreditation guidelines, licensing requirements, commercial support regulations and institutional policies that must be followed in today’s health care environment, planning and executing a continuing medical education (CME) activity can be quite confusing and even overwhelming.
The staff members of the closely aligned Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Northwest Area Health Education Center are here to help you navigate the necessary requirements while helping to ensure that your CME activity is successful, timely and of the highest quality.
Office of CME Support Staff
The Office of Continuing Medical Education is available to assist you with your CME event, applications and other documentation needed to claim professional credits for your CME activity. Please contact one of our coordinators below with any questions.
Christina Clarke, DrBH, MS, HS-BCP
Cherelle Blakely, MHS
Michael Hulme, PhD
Faculty Committee Coordinator
Northwest AHEC Behavioral Health Continuing Education is committed to addressing consultation and training needs of mental health professionals within our 17-county region. Our Behavioral Health Coordinator is available to provide consultation services.
We respond to individual and staff training requests through collaborations and partnerships.
Northwest AHEC Nursing Continuing Education strives to enhance nursing practice through education, consultation, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Nursing focuses on continuing education programming with an emphasis on clinical interventions and outcomes, certification preparation, population/cultural concerns, and workforce issues. Partnering with other organizations, disciplines, and AHECs continues to be a major strategy used to maximize outcomes.View currently scheduled activities in Nursing
UNC-Chapel Hill RN Refresher Program
The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (NCAHEC) Registered Nurse (RN) Refresher Program was developed in the late 1980s in response to an ongoing nursing shortage.
The NC AHEC RN Refresher Program consists of a 24-module self-paced medical-surgical nursing review and a 160-hour clinical practicum. This program is a collaborative effort of the NC AHEC Program, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Upon successful completion of both the didactic and clinical portion of the course, the participant is eligible to apply for reinstatement of his/her nursing license through the North Carolina Board of Nursing.Contact Us
For more information and to determine program eligibility, call 336-713-7700.
Nursing CoordinatorsAlana Dodson, RN, MBA
Ellen Hohf, MSN, RN, CHSE
Nurse Educator/RN Refresher Coordinator
Northwest AHEC Pharmacy Continuing Education partners with several organizations to provide continuing education and certificate programs to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within our 17-county region. Programs are also co-sponsored by the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Northwest AHEC Pharmacy faculty are also actively engaged in ambulatory clinical pharmacy practices, student and resident education, and collaborative research.
The Northwest AHEC Public Health Section addresses educational needs of healthcare professionals who work primarily in county public health departments. Most of these healthcare professionals are nurses, environmental health specialists, health educators, nutritionists, and social workers – all prioritizing health promotion and disease prevention.
These AHEC educational activities also often appeal to those working in rural health, migrant health, and community health settings. Northwest AHEC strives to address these educational needs through partnerships with various divisions/sections of the state public health department, local health‐linked agencies, community colleges, universities, NC Institute for Public Health, faculty of UNC Gillings School of Global of Public Health and other AHEC public health coordinators.