Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate

College of Nursing

The Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPCC) certificate is designed to enhance the role of the registered nurse in episodic and preventative care, triage, documentation of health status, chronic disease management — including mental health and substance use disorders — hospital transition management, health coaching, quality improvement and leadership. The certificate will prepare you to practice to the full scope of your license in community-based primary care interprofessional teams. Applicants for the RNPCC certificate must have an active RN license. 

Ready for your next step? Students who complete this certificate may be interested in the RN to BSN program.

Campus Requirements: 100% Online.

Class Format: Classes are offered in a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous, meaning sometimes you will need to attend a class at a particular time and sometimes you will not.

Credit Hours Required: 11

Cost Per Credit Hour: $514.58 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here. 

Admission Requirements: Completion of a Registered Nurse education program, a cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, reside in an authorized state, an active and unrestricted RN license

Time to Completion: One year (approximately 2 – 3 semesters)

Online Primary Care Certificate student Kieonna Stewart smiles in her headshot.
Kieonna Stewart
Current Student
"In primary care, you get the satisfaction of making a long-term change in a patient's life. You get to see the end results and the progress in their health."

Program Tracks

RN to BSN program

Certain courses of your certificate coursework can apply to the RN to BSN program.

Sample Courses

NA 3117

RN Practice in Primary Care (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

This required course will introduce RN primary care delivery and design for population health initiatives.
NA 3114

Care Coordination and Transition in Care (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

This course will address the care coordination and transitions in care when caring for patients. Emphasis will be placed on the needs of patients with chronic diseases to include mental health and substance use conditions with a focus on population outcomes.
NA 3116

Evidence-Based Health Coaching in Interprofessional Practice (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Introduction to evidence-based coaching approaches for lifestyle behavior change as integrated within interprofessional practice.
NA 3115

Telehealth Assessment and Management in Primary Care (Asynchronous)

Application of RN primary care delivery and design for population health initiatives.

Featured Faculty

Associate Professor and Vice Dean
Wendy Bowles
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs

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