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.
NC AHEC’s Registered Nurse refresher course is online and self-paced so that you can balance work, life, and your career. The NC AHEC RN Refresher Program consists of a 24-module, self-paced review of nursing care for a full range of common adult health problems and a 140-hour clinical practicum. This program is a collaborative effort of the NC AHEC Program and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and Digital and Lifelong Learning.
For detailed information visit Nurse Refresher Program at UNC.
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See What Our Recent Graduates Have to Say About
the NC AHEC RN Refresher Program
Jennifer Ewell ~ April 2023
“I am a military spouse, mother, and RN. Unfortunately, due to several factors out of my control I had to step away from my nursing career and work outside of the home. My break in employment was over a ten-year span and although I really wanted to get back to work in the profession I love, I was absolutely terrified. I did not know how my dream to work as an RN again would become reality. Throughout my time away from nursing I kept my license current and decided to complete the Southern Regional AHEC RN – Refresher course in order to build my confidence and to become reacquainted to life as a floor nurse. From the moment I expressed interest to my last clinical hour, Tonja Teter has been there every step of the way. She listened to what was best for me and was able to secure a daytime clinical position at a hospital located close to my home. The floor I precepted on has expressed interest in hiring me and I look forward to working again! Excellent program and thanks for getting me back into the career I love.”
Rebecca Canny ~ December 2022
“I have been fortunate enough to stay home with my kids for many years but as my youngest entered school full time, I felt it was time to rejoin the workforce as a RN. Taking the RN refresher course was the stepping stone I needed to get back into the profession I love so much. Tonja Teter guided me through the process and has given me the tools I need to be a confident nurse again. Thank you!”
Anonymous ~ September 2022
“After focusing on the family and living overseas, I
wanted to return to the nursing profession. The refresher program at SR-AHEC
was a great refresher and the 24 modules of didactic portion and 140 hours of
clinical experience at a local hospital helped me tremendously to regain my
skills and improve confidence to work as a nurse again. Tonja Teter, BSN, RN
helped me from the beginning of this journey, and she was very helpful and
encouraging to help me finish the program.”
Carolyn Haines ~ September 2022
“I had physical challenges to overcome to get through the RN Refresher rogram. The staff
at SR-AHEC is very encouraging to get you through. If I can do it, anyone can do
it. My love of nursing also helped get me through the program.”
Sunny Dixon Sowell ~ July 2022
“After leaving the nursing profession to focus on my family, the refresher course allowed me to return to the career I loved so much. The self-paced didactic piece and the clinical piece were challenging, but thorough. I feel confident returning to the nursing profession after being out for so long. Thank you to Tonja Teter at SR-AHEC and UNC for the trusted and knowledgeable guidance that allowed my success. Also, thank you to my local hospital, Moore Regional, for allowing me to complete my clinical hours. I highly recommend this program for anyone considering getting back into the nursing profession. “
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!”