Online Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate

College of Nursing
Practice to the full scope of your RN license with this online nursing certificate.

Ohio State's online Registered Nurses in Primary Care certificate is designed for nurses to enhance their RN role in primary care nursing settings. Advance your expertise 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, leadership, and more. This online primary health care certificate program will prepare nurses to practice to the full scope of their RN license in community-based primary care interprofessional teams. Applicants for the RNPCC certificate must have an active RN license. 

Who is this online nursing certificate program for? 

This flexible online certificate program is intended for current nurses who already have their RN license and want to enhance their current role and patient care skillset. The online primary care courses within this certificate prepare nurses for team leadership and strategic communication in primary care settings. 

Ready for your next step? Apply for our highly ranked online RN to BSN program and earn your bachelor's in nursing in as quickly as one year.

Campus Requirements: NONE - 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: Students must have an active and unrestricted RN license, show completion of a Registered Nurse education program, have a cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, and reside in an authorized state.

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

Online Primary Care Certificate student Kieonna Stewart smiles in her headshot.
Kieonna Stewart
"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."

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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