PREPARING YOU TO GET BACK INTO NURSING
The North Carolina RN Refresher Program is for registered nurses (RNs) who have successfully passed the NCLEX exam and have, at some time, been licensed in one of the 50 states. You may be a candidate if you have never practiced or have an expired license. If you do not have a North Carolina license, please contact the Board of Nursing at (919) 782-3211.
For detailed information visit Nurse Refresher Program at UNC.
Accelerated RN Refresher Program
Now more than ever, our state needs nurses. For a limited time, we are offering a discounted, accelerated version of our online, self-paced course for qualified applicants to address our nursing workforce needs.
This program is the same RN Refresher online course we always offer – usually designed to take up to 9 months to complete. We are offering this ambitious 3-month track for the discounted cost of $550 (a savings of $250) to help with healthcare professional shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The enrollment period for this special offer is February 1 through April 30, 2022 for new enrollments only. Participants must complete the course within three months of their enrollment date.
What will I need to complete this course?
The theory course is self-paced and online, designed to balance with other commitments. You will need a computer, email, and high-speed Internet access to complete the online theory course.
Will this renew my license in N.C.?
If you’re a registered nurse who is a legal resident of North Carolina, who has had a lapsed or inactive license from any of the 50 states for 5 or more years, and want to return to nursing in North Carolina, you must enroll in Option 1. Learn more about our program options.
For official and complete information about renewing your nursing license in North Carolina, please visit the State Board of Nursing website.
What if I can’t complete the course in 3 months?
If you are unable to complete your course within that timeframe, you will need to register for the traditional RN Refresher program at full price, for an additional self-paced term of up to 9 months. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances.
How do I get started?
To set up an appointment or for more information, contact: Tonja.Teter@sr-ahec.org Director of Nursing Continuing Education/RN Refresher Coordinator, (910) 678-7246
See What Our Recent Graduates Have to Say About
the NC AHEC RN Refresher Program
Aileen M. Ticzon-Ung ~ December 2021
“I have wanted to refresh my nursing skills and reactivate my nursing license for many years. The program through UNC Chapel Hill and SR-AHEC was such a blessing and answer to what I perceived as a daunting task. It is the ideal “work at your own pace” program in an age where everyone is always busy. While I was able to complete the didactic portion over a summer, finding the time to complete the clinical portion took longer. Tonja, the RN Refresher Coordinator, was a patient guide and mentor through all of it. In the end, she paired me with the perfect preceptor at FirstHealth Moore Regional in Pinehurst. I feel prepared to challenge myself in the next stage of my life as a nurse.”
Kim W. Howard, MSN Ed ~ November 2021
“I have a personal belief that you can’t lead something you can’t follow. I am in charge of the incoming Army lieutenant nurses, and I needed to understand what they do. My background was 21 years of NICU nursing, and although this would be a learning curve, I needed a solid foundation.
I remember when I heard about the UNC-CH Nurse Refresher Program on the morning news. I couldn’t wait to call the number and find out how to get started. I would not trade a moment of my experience. All of the step-by-step videos in the didactic portion were exactly what I needed. When I got placed for my clinical, I was truly blessed with the most wonderful preceptor ever. This is a great investment in learning and experience. I didn’t waste one penny. “
Carol Duca ~ September 2021
“When the pandemic began I decided to come back to nursing to help. Unfortunately I had been out of practice sense 2014. This required me to complete a refresher program in order practice nursing. I was so grateful for the UNC Chapel Hill and Southern Regional AHEC refresher program. It enabled me to complete the online didactic material at my own pace. The material was easy to access and very organized. When it came time for the clinical portion, Tonja worked very hard to find me a site close to where I lived and worked so hard get me started as soon as possible. My clinical site preceptor was very supportive, knowledgeable, and encouraging. All combined aspects of the refresher program helped me feel prepared and very competent to return to the field of nursing.”
Cortney Robertson ~ July 2021
“I have had such a great experience with the RN Refresher course through Southern Regional AHEC. I have been out of the nursing profession for nine years. I had almost given up on returning to the career I was so passionate about. Through the NCBON & Southern Regional AHEC I have now reinstated my nursing license & can return to practice! The online modules were very easy to use & understand. The clinical portion was amazing & gave me so many opportunities to refresh an array of hands on experiences. I cannot brag on Mrs. Tonja Teter enough! She was so supportive & helpful throughout every part of the course. I feel excited & prepared to re-enter the nursing profession all because of this program!”
Phil Bivens ~ November 2020
“I am very grateful for the opportunity afforded me by UNC Chapel Hill and SR-AHEC to take and complete the Accelerated RN Refresher Program. It’s been challenging to say the least but it’s been an awesome experience. Nursing has changed a great deal since I retired 12 years ago. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the caring and professional attitudes and work ethic of all the RN’s I had the privilege of working with during this experience. I would highly recommend this program to anyone desiring to have their RN License reinstated. I am extremely grateful to my RN preceptor, Lisa Lassiter, RN and to the lady who made it all work Tonja Teter, RN, BSN. Thank you to all who made this possible.”
Amy Manchester ~ August 2020
“I found myself in a tricky situation after years of focusing on family and not working. I wanted to find work as a nurse, but needed to reinstate my inactive license in order to do so. Enter the Southern Regional AHEC RN refresher program. Under the guidance of program director Tonja Teter I quickly completed the RN Refresher program at UNC and am now able to pursue employment as a registered nurse.
The program was well organized, beginning with online modules that provided essential updates on nursing theory and ending in a clinical rotation on a med-surg unit at a local hospital. I was assigned an outstanding preceptor on a unit that provided a wide variety of clinical situations and skills to practice. After completion of the RN Refresher program I feel well prepared to begin my journey into acute care nursing. I highly recommend this program for anyone that has been out of practice for an extended period of time and wants or needs to update their knowledge base and clinical skills before returning to the field.”
Dannika Garber ~ August 2020
“I am a foreign nurse who recently moved to the US. I have been out of the field for over 5 years and I wanted to re-enter nursing again. After passing the NCLEX-RN, I enrolled into the NC RN Refresher Program through UNC Chapel Hill and Southern Regional AHEC. I have learned a lot from the theoretical and clinical components of the program. It has helped me advance my knowledge and skills to the current practice.
I also want to give a special mention to the RN Refresher Coordinator, Tonja Teter. From the first time that I spoke to her on the phone, I could tell that she cared about helping refresher nurses. She is professional, genuine, and she worked with my unique situation.
I am grateful that this program is available for nurses like me. This experience has been a valuable one. Thank you!”
Erin Wallace ~ July 2020
“I am very happy with my decision to complete the RN Refresher program through Southern Regional AHEC. I am a nurse who worked for a few years before taking significant time off to stay home and raise my children. Completing both the didactic and clinical aspects of the RN Refresher program has prepared me to confidently re-enter the nursing workforce. From start to finish, I had a very positive experience with SR-AHEC, UNC, and my clinical site. Tonja advocated on my behalf throughout the program and was always very helpful. Among many things, she promptly answered all of my questions, frequently checked in on me during the didactic portion, and facilitated placement at the clinical site and unit of my preference. I am so pleased with my decision to enroll in and successfully complete the RN Refresher program!”