In 1993, the NC AHEC Rural Primary Care Initiative received funding from the NC General Assembly to support rural primary care, community-based education. As a result, an Office of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE) was created at each of the nine AHEC's (Area Health Education Center) to facilitate the teaching of medical students in community settings.
In 1995, additional funds were allocated from the General Assembly to include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants. The ORPCE mission expanded once again in 1997 with state funding to support Pharm D students from UNC-CH School of Pharmacy.
Since it's creation in 1993, ORPCE has seen a huge increase in community-based student months across the state. The number of community-based preceptors has increased significantly as well. ORPCE currently works with nine different schools, sixteen different programs, and over 140 community-based, primary care courses.
The Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education Department of the Charlotte AHEC is committed to serving the educational needs of pharmacy practitioners and students throughout our eight county region.