RNPCC FAQs

How much does this certificate cost?

You can review anticipated costs associated with the program by consulting the tuition and fee table. Students in the certificate program pay instructional fees, general fees, distance learning fees, and nursing distance learning fees each term of enrollment. As a student in this certificate, you may be eligible for tuition assistance through a HRSA grant. If selected for funding through the HRSA grant, your instructional, general and learning technology fee will be paid for and you will be responsible for payment of all other fees. Full-time employees at Ohio State may be eligible for tuition assistance, which can aid in the costs of this certificate.

Are there additional fees?

Yes, additional fees not covered by HRSA grant include $100 ODEE distance learning and $190 Nursing distance learning fees per semester. There is also a one-time $60 application fee.

I am interested in applying to the RN to BSN program. Will this credit apply towards my degree?

Yes. Up to 50% of your certificate coursework can apply to the RN to BSN program.

What are the advantages of pursuing the Registered Nurses in Primary Care certificate?

The coursework included in this certificate is designed to enhance the role of the RN in episodic and preventative care, triage, documentation of health status, chronic disease management including mental health in substance use disorders, hospital transition management, delegated care for illness, health coaching, supervision of other staff and quality improvement leadership.

Can I use these courses to apply for recertification for CCCTM or Ambulatory Care certification?

Yes. You can learn more about the recertification process on the CCTM website and Ambulatory Care website

Is this a fully online program?

Yes. The courses in this certificate are offered in synchronous and asynchronous format. All class attendance and course requirements may be completed online.

What is primary care?
  • Primary care is the foundation of healthcare. Primary care is the coordination of care across settings and providers. Primary care is defined by the Department of Health and Human Services as the provision of integrated, accessible health services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients and practicing in the context of family and community.
  • Consists of a broad range of healthcare services:
    • Wellness and health coaching
    • Promotion and maintenance of health
    • Prevention of illness and disability
    • Basic care during acute and chronic phases of illness
    • Guidance and counseling of individuals and families
    • Referral to other health care providers and community resources when appropriate
Who are primary care providers?
  • Providers generally include
    • Physicians (MD/DO)
    • Advanced Practice Nurses including Nurse Practitioners and Midwives
    • Physician Assistants
  • Practice in different disciplines
    • General and internal medicine
    • General internal medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • General pediatrics
    • Maternity care
What is the role of the RN in primary care?
  • The role of the RN in primary care is to provide nursing care to a diverse group of patients and families in a community-based setting using the knowledge, skills and abilities of the nursing profession.
  • The RN is a central team member in the delivery of quality and cost-effective primary care services.
  • The RN may be responsible for managing a group of patients who require intensive oversight of a nursing professional.
  • The RN helps individuals, families and groups reach their maximum level of wellness through a variety of techniques including health coaching.
What are the skills of the RN in Primary care?
  • Vast range of skills required for this role The following list provides examples, but it is not exhaustive:
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Health guidance
    • Coordinating care
    • Chronic disease management
    • Telehealth
    • Managing transitions between levels of care
    • Team development
    • Team leadership
    • Patient education
    • Physical assessment
    • Medication administration
    • Vaccine management
    • Injections
    • Specific office-based procedures based on policies and procedures (IV hydration, EKG, Ultrasound, Pap smear, eye and ear exam, diabetic foot exam, phlebotomy, point of care testing, screenings and assessments)
Why should I work in primary care?
  • Looking for a place in nursing where you can build long lasting and trusting relationships with patients, families, and communities
  • Desire to work with diverse populations with diverse health needs and concerns
  • Ability to provide holistic nursing care to patients and families
  • Flexible nursing interventions that are patient specific
  • Focus on health promotion and health protection
  • Work in a truly interdisciplinary environment bringing the knowledge skills and abilities of the nursing profession
  • Have opportunity to work with patients across the age span
Settings in primary care
  • Primary care provider offices and clinics
  • Community health centers Nurse-led clinics
  • Pediatric provider offices and clinics
  • Internal Medicine clinics
  • Family Practice offices
  • Geriatric clinics
  • Clinics within schools
What does top of scope/top of license mean?
  • Working to the top of your scope as a RN requires you to utilize the full breadth of your education, training, and expertise to bring better health outcomes to your patients. It requires the need for the RN to be an advocate for the nursing profession and to role model lifelong learning.
  • Working to the top of your license is regulated by State Boards of Nursing
What should I expect to learn in the Registered Nurses in Primary Care certificate program?
  • The foundations of the dimensions of primary care
  • Work effectively and efficiently in a primary care setting
  • Lead care teams
  • Manage chronic conditions
  • Engage patients and families to become active participants of their care
  • Effectively provide health teaching and health coaching
  • The pillars of connected care
  • Management of medically underserved populations
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Health coaching
  • Facilitation of self-management support
How will completing the certificate program help me reach my professional goals?
  • You will be armed with the knowledge, skills and abilities to work effectively in a primary care setting
  • You will be well versed in evidence-based practice that guides the delivery of primary care including mental health and substance use
  • You will be able to apply the skills you learn in this program to expand your role, create new plans and programs, and become an effective change facilitator
  • This certificate and the knowledge gained will stretch your capacity as a RN and expand your thinking
  • It will help you work in expanded roles in Primary Care
  • Increase your marketability
  • Increase your knowledge on the importance of health equity and social justice
Primary care certificate holders have:
  • Matriculated to FNP programs to work in primary care as advanced practitioners
  • Helped develop new clinical programs in their primary care clinics
  • Expanded their nursing programs by adding RN positions and staff based on model of learning from certificate
  • Connected with their passion and purpose in nursing

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Grant UK1HP31699 entitled Registered Nurses in Primary Care as part of an award totaling $2,763,494. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.