Course Description

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Primary Care RN Certificate is online and self-paced, helping you continue to balance work, life, and your career. The certificate is designed to prepare a Registered Nurse to work in a primary care or an ambulatory care setting. It is also designed as a continuing professional development course for a Registered Nurse currently working in primary care. 

The Primary Care RN Certificate reviews common issues in contemporary primary care settings and incorporate how changes to patient care delivery systems impact RN practice. The course describes how the RN can practice to the full extent of his/her license in:

  • preventative care
  • quality and legal and ethical issues
  • interprofessional collaboration
  • acute and chronic care management

This broad overview of primary care will help RNs currently working in acute or long-term care to become familiar with primary care terminology, concepts and basic skills. Every module culminates in a 20- to 25-question multiple-choice exam that assesses your mastery of the learning outcomes.

The Primary Care RN Certificate is offered by UNC-Chapel Hill’s nationally ranked School of Nursing, the Friday Center for Continuing Education, and the North Carolina AHEC (Area Health Education Centers).

Course Outline

The course is designed to be finished in 6 months. At the end of the course, after successful completion of all 5 modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Center for Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. This course provides 5 CEUS or 50 contact hours, which are approved and provided through the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Continuing Education as advised by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation standards.

The course modules include:

  1. Contemporary Nursing in the Primary Care Setting
  2. Primary Care Funding, Systems and Principles of Quality and Safety
  3. Role of the RN in the Primary Care Setting
  4. The RN management of common chronic and acute complaints in the primary care setting
  5. Policies, Procedures, and Protocols in Primary Care


You will be expected to abide by the following policies and restrictions.

  • Fees must be paid in full at the time of enrollment.
  • The enrollment period begins on the day your application is processed and ends 6 months from that day. 
  • You may proceed at your own pace through the modules. However, in order to ensure that you absorb and process the information, we recommend that you take at least 2 months to complete.  No additional time will be provided for any reason.
  • If you withdraw within 30 days of enrollment, you will receive a refund of $200. No refunds are made after 30 days.
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Primary Care RN Certificate
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $350.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes

This course is completely online. Please ensure you have ready access to a device connected to the internet to complete your work. While phones and tablets will work with most of our content, a laptop or desktop is HIGHLY recommended.

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