The UNC Greensboro School of Nursing has received a $100,000 grant from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program to support the school’s undergraduate program that offers working registered nurses (RN) the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).
The educational mobility grant, which runs through June 2021, will help fund the School of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN cohorts in the medically underserved counties of Davidson, Forsyth, Gaston, and Person. The funding will cover nursing faculty and staff salaries, educational materials, supplies, and facility expenses.
UNCG offers eight outreach locations for RN-to-BSN students to take hybrid courses that are taught by School of Nursing faculty members. The grant will support five of those locations: Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, Gaston College in Dallas, Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and Kernersville, and Piedmont Community College in Roxboro.
UNCG received the grant through the Northwest AHEC, a regional collaborating office of the North Carolina AHEC.
“We are proud to be able to bring our program to the outreach locations to give nurses in more rural areas an opportunity to earn their degree from UNCG without needing to travel to Greensboro for classes. Students attend class one day per week and take two courses at a time. This delivery offers flexibility to our working nurses. We are grateful to the Northwest AHEC for their continued support of UNCG and nursing education in North Carolina.” – Dr. Carrie Hill, UNCG clinical assistant professor and director of the RN-to-BSN program
Approximately 140 registered nurses are enrolled in the School of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN program.
Photography by Martin Kane, University Communications