The Nurse Refresher Program is for registered nurses who have successfully passed the NCLEX examination and have, at some time, been licensed in one of the fifty states. It consists of a Theory Course—Medical-Surgical Nursing Review—administered through the Friday Center, and a Clinical Practicum administered through the North Carolina AHEC program.
The Nurse Refresher Program addresses a full range of common adult nursing problems. Depending on your needs, you may take both parts of the program or you may choose to take only the Theory Course. The Clinical Practicum is available only to residents of North Carolina.
The Theory Course is approved for 140 contact hours, which is equivalent to 14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Successful completion of the Clinical Practicum provides an additional 160 hours (16 CEUs). You must complete the Theory Course prior to beginning the Clinical Practicum.
If you are a registered nurse who is a legal resident of North Carolina, who has had a lapsed or inactive license from any of the fifty states for five or more years, and who would like to return to nursing, you must enroll in Option 1. Option 1 will meet both your educational and relicensure needs.
Prior to enrolling in Option 1, you must establish your eligibility for this option at a North Carolina AHEC office (see How to Register for additional information). Upon successful completion of both parts of Option 1, you will be eligible to apply for reinstatement of your nursing license in the state of North Carolina.
If you have an active North Carolina license but have not worked in five or more years, Option 1 may also be the best choice for you, since it provides the current clinical experience that many clinical agencies require for employment.
If you wish to review, expand, or update your knowledge base in the field of medical-surgical nursing, you may choose to enroll in the Theory Course alone. This option is intended primarily for licensed nurses who have been practicing during the past five years and desire to update their knowledge of medical-surgical nursing, but do not need a supervised clinical experience.
Nurses who plan to change practice areas, such as from nursing administration to direct patient care, may also benefit from Option 2. Residence in North Carolina is not required for this option, which does not satisfy relicensure requirements in North Carolina.
You may enroll in the Theory Course at any time. There are two ways to take the Theory Course—via correspondence or online.
If you choose to take the correspondence version of the Theory Course, your course materials, which include 23 modules, support resources, and examinations, will be sent to you in four printed manuals. Once you receive your course materials, you may proceed through the modules at your own pace. When you complete each module, you will take a final examination and submit it by mail to the Friday Center. An instructor at the UNC‑Chapel Hill School of Nursing will grade your examinations, and the Friday Center will return the exams to you.
If you choose to take the online version, you will need a computer, e-mail, and high-speed access to the Internet. The online course is designed to be accessible to people with a wide range of experience using computers, so you don’t need to be an expert, but you will need to be comfortable sending e-mail and navigating the Internet. Your course materials will be delivered to you primarily via the Internet, in the form of 23 online modules. You will also receive a two-volume printed Reader. As in the correspondence version, you will work at your own pace to complete the online modules. After each module, you will complete an online final examination.
The examinations for the correspondence and online courses are identical. In order to receive continuing education credit for the Theory Course, you must pass the exam for each module with a grade of 80 percent and may fail no more than five examinations, including retaken examinations.
You will have nine months in which to complete the Theory Course, but you may finish it in less time. Experience has shown that most students take four to six months to complete the Theory Course.
You will be expected to abide by the policies listed below:
The following fees apply:
Persons residing in North Carolina should follow these steps:
Persons living outside North Carolina should follow these steps:
Click here for a map and contact information for the NC regional AHEC offices.
For questions on enrollment, contact:
For questions on the content of the course, contact:Nurse Refresher Coordinator