Primary Care RN Certificate Program

This collaborative training program is designed to promote academic-practice success through building RN preceptor capacity through completion of the Primary Care RN Certificate Program.

We intend to support professional development of a total of ten RNs in the region through our Primary Care Certificate Program, which was established in 2017 in response to requests from partner agencies in the region for specific post baccalaureate training for RNs to prepare them for work in primary care settings.

Program Description: This program is designed to prepare a Registered Nurse to work primary care in an ambulatory care setting. This five-module program is a self-paced program (50 Contact Hours) that reviews common practice and patient issues in contemporary primary care settings and incorporates how changes to patient care delivery systems impact RN practice. The course describes the role of the RN in preventative care, quality and safety, and basic primary care skills. Educational, legal and ethical issues and interprofessional collaboration are also included in these modules. This broad overview of the primary care setting will help RNs currently working in acute or long term care settings to become familiar with primary care terminology, concepts and basic skills.


Preceptor Role

Nursing preceptors assist and guide nursing students as they gain and practice clinical skills through internship training and capstone projects. Preceptors play a critical role in supporting and orienting students to community-based primary care centers. Participation in the Invest in Nursing Primary Care RN Certificate Program will prepare participating RNs to serve as preceptors and mentors for the participating students.


PHS Registered Nurses can access Invest in Nursing related materials by visiting the Sakai site.