Perinatal Continuing Education Program

The 3rd edition of PCEP books have been released and ANCC Contact Hours are available!  

To purchase site licenses for the PCEP e-books please contact American Academy of Pediatrics, Email:  or Phone: 630-626-6000

Be sure to take the Practice Unit Tests before attempting the book exams.

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PCP General Information

PCEP Practice Unit Tests

PCEP Book Exams

To purchase the PCEP hard copy and e-books

For more than 35 years, the Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP)
has enhanced the knowledge and skills of physicians, nurses, nurse midwives, respiratory therapists,
and other providers of care for pregnant women and newborns.  The PCEP, 3rd edition workbooks have been brought up-to-date with leading-edge procedures and techniques.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, or ANCC contact hours and hours of participation are available to all perinatal health care professionals: physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and all others who care for pregnant women or newborns based on their accreditation bodies.

The American Medical Association’s AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (CME credits) are available to physicians.  ANCC contact hours are available to nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives.  Hours of participation are available to respiratory therapists and any other healthcare professional that provide care to pregnant women or newborn babies for submission to their professional organizations to satisfy their continuing education requirements.

Accreditation and Designation Statement

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 54 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards 54 hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

The University of Virginia School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The University of Virginia SONCE awards 54 contact hours for nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

 How to Earn CME Credits, ANCC Contact Hours or Hours of Participation

To prepare for the book exam each PCEP participant should study the material of each unit and then take the practice unit test for that unit.  Practice unit tests can be repeated as many times as desired.  No fee is charged for completion of these tests but you must be registered on the website.  When ready to take the book exam click on the link to ‘Book Exam and Certificate’.  Participants must pay the $15 fee prior to starting the book exam.

After passing the book exam at a level of 80% correct or greater, PCEP participants must choose to Display Certificate and print it at that time, otherwise they will not have access to their certificate at a later point.  The certificate lists the number of hours of participation or CME credits earned.

Credit breakdown by PCEP book:

14.5 hours for Book I: Maternal and Fetal Evaluation and Immediate Newborn Care
15.5 hours for Book II: Maternal and Fetal Care
16.5 hours for Book III: Neonatal Care
7.5 hours for Book IV: Specialized Newborn Care

You can access your  educational transcript any time of the day or night by clicking the Transcripts button and following the instructions.

It works best on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox and your computer must allow pop-ups for this site.  Please do not take these book exams using Safari on MAC O/S computers.

Please Note the Following:

  1. CME credits, ANCC contact hours or hours of participation will be granted only for books with a copyright date of 2017. The book copyright date is given on the reverse side of the title page in each book.
  2. Each learner needs to register at this website so they can access the complimentary practice unit tests associated with the educational units as they progress through each book.  As learners complete the practice unit tests they may access the online exam.   There is a separate exam (and cost) for each online exam attempted.  Prior to taking the exam for each book learners can take practice unit tests as many times as necessary to master the subject material.   CME credit, ANCC contact hours or hours of participation are given for completion of the book exam at a passing rate of 80% and certificates are also available for printing online.
  3. NOTE: Please do not pay for or start an exam unless you have time to complete and submit it.  Once you start either a (practice) unit post-test or book exam you cannot stop and save your work or suspend progress.


Difficulty printing your certificate?  Please be sure to enable pop-ups for our website and use Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer (version 9 and higher) to take the book exams.  Also, if you cannot print your certificate please go to and print out your transcript which will be your proof of completion.

Regarding the PCEP program and how to purchase the individual PCEP books, please visit and under shop by topic enter Neonatology-Perinatal and scroll down to find the current PCEP books.   The PCEP books are available in hard copy and as e-books.

To purchase site licenses for the PCEP e-books please contact American Academy of Pedicatrics, Allison Durocher, Email: or Phone: 630-626-6000

For PCEP testing questions (book exams) please email

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