PLEASE NOTE: Greensboro AHEC is now known as Piedmont AHEC. The organization’s name changed on February 1, 2023.

Charlotte AHEC is now known as South Piedmont AHEC. The organization’s name changed on June 5, 2023.

Since 1990, with a special funding appropriation from the NC General Assembly, NC AHEC has assisted schools of nursing with the creation of more than 500 new clinical sites for the education of nursing students. The NC AHEC Program has awarded up to $20,000 over two years for each innovative project, based on its ability to expand clinical capacity, improve access to clinical education in rural and urban underserved communities, and provide experiences in areas of “special need” such as:

  • interprofessional education,
  • mental health,
  • community health,
  • long term care,
  • primary care,
  • pediatrics,
  • rehabilitation,
  • public schools, and
  • hospice.
Sampson community college nursing students
Sampson Community College students provide health screenings to farmworkers.

For example, a past Nursing Grant for Clinical Site Development was awarded to the Sampson Community College nursing program to work with the NC Farmworker Health Program. The funding helped students visit farms to provide health screenings and education to farmworkers, a large, underserved group in great need of health education.

Nursing programs from North Carolina community colleges and public universities are eligible for grant funding. The new clinical sites may support any level of nursing education, from LPN through PhD and DNP. AHEC nurse educators in each of the AHEC regions provide important assistance to the schools of nursing throughout the annual process of proposal preparation, administration of grant funding, and evaluation of project outcomes.

Awards for July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019:


School of Nursing: Wilson Community College
Site: Wilson Medical Center
City: Wilson

Charlotte AHEC

School of Nursing: Central Piedmont Community College
Site: Atrium Health’s Behavioral Health
City: Charlotte

School of Nursing: Foothills Nursing Consortium at Isothermal Community College
Site: St. Luke Hospital
City: Columbus

School of Nursing: Gaston College
Site: Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center
City: Davidson

School of Nursing: South Piedmont Community College
Site: Autumn Care
City: Marshville

School of Nursing: UNC Charlotte
Site: Wilson Hidden Valley Elementary, Newell Elementary
City: Charlotte

Eastern AHEC

School of Nursing: East Carolina University
Site: ECU Laboratory School, South Greenville Elementary School
City: Greenville

School of Nursing: Lenoir Community College
Site: North Carolina State Veterans Home
City: Kinston

Greensboro AHEC

School of Nursing: UNC Chapel Hill
Site: Chatham County Council on Aging (two sites)
City: Siler City, Pittsboro

Mountain AHEC

School of Nursing: Western Carolina University
Site: Catamount School
City: Sylva

Northwest AHEC

School of Nursing: Appalachian State University
Site: Ashe Memorial Hospital
City: Jefferson

School of Nursing: Mitchell Community College
Site: Iredell Memorial Hospital and Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
City: Statesville and Mooresville

School of Nursing: Winston-Salem State University
Site: Saint Stephen Missionary Baptist Church
City: Winston-Salem

Southern Regional AHEC

School of Nursing: Robeson Community College
Site: Cape Fear Hoke Hospital
City: Raeford


School of Nursing: NC Central University
Site: Cornwallis Road Public Housing Community
City: Durham

School of Nursing: Wake Technical Community College
Site: WakeMed Raleigh Campus
City: Raleigh