AHEC - North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program

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The NC AHEC Program plays a very active role in the pharmacy profession. It provides educational opportunities for students and professionals, and the AHEC faculty and staff constantly work to meet the Program goal of improving recruitment, retention, and distribution of pharmacy professionals.

NC AHEC pharmacy programs include support for community-based instruction of pharmacy students, pharmacy practitioners, pharmacy technicians, and other health care professionals. Pharmacy student experiential education is achieved through clinical rotations at ambulatory and institutional sites in the NC AHEC regions, where the students learn first-hand about the practice of pharmacy in community settings.

Each of the nine AHECs has one to four pharmacists who hold faculty appointments at UNC-CH or Campbell University Schools of Pharmacy. Overall, the program boasts 22 AHEC pharmacy faculty and over 500 volunteer preceptors who teach pharmacy students from the UNC-CH and Campbell University.

AHEC Pharmacy Programs:

Continuing Pharmacy Education

Continuing pharmacy education is required by legislation as a condition for re-licensure. Increased involvement by practicing pharmacists has had an impact on the demand for accessible, high-quality continuing education. The AHECs have been and will continue to be responsive to the educational needs of practicing pharmacists in their regions. In collaboration with the UNC-CH School of Pharmacy, the AHECs have doubled their CE offerings over the last 10 years. AHEC pharmacy programs will continue to offer a comprehensive selection of educational programs and information services, including curricular offerings, certificate programs, and short-term experiential programs (e.g., mini-residencies).

AHEC Pharmacy Continuing Education: 2012-2013

Pharmacy Education Considerations

The first Doctor of Pharmacy class started in the Fall, 1996, eliminating the Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. A portion of each of the baccalaureate classes graduating in 1996, 1997, and 1998 were permitted to enroll in and complete the PharmD Program as a transition to this change.

The transition to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, with its concomitant doubling the number of clerkships, could not have been accomplished without AHEC student training resources. It also demanded rapid, electronic access to drug therapy information for all clerkship preceptors and their students. Because most preceptors have microcomputers with communications hardware and software, it is possible to link these faculty to an extensive offering of pharmacy information resources through the AHEC Digital Library.

AHEC Pharmacy Education Partners: