Continuing Education Credit

Please Note

Materials for CME/CEU credit submission for PCEP books with a copyright date of 2007 will only be accepted until September 1, 2012


Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is available for every perinatal health care provider who studies the Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) books. The American Medical Association’s AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or Contact Hours/continuing education units (CEUs) are available to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, respiratory therapists, and any other professional who provides care to pregnant women or newborn babies.


Accreditation and Designation Statements

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 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards 0.1 CEU per contact hour to each nonphysician participant who successfully completes this educational activity.  The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training activities that meet specific educational planning requirements.  The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded CEUs.


Disclosure of Financial Relationships

All the authors and editorial board members listed in the books have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.


Credits Available

Credits are for the written cognitive material only, not skill units or skill practice and demonstration, with credits awarded by book, not individual unit. 

American Medical Association (AMA) credits can only be granted by the institution where a program was developed.  For this reason, AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™  for PCEP are available only from University of Virginia (UVA).

Because this activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ it is deemed acceptable as contact hours for ANCC certification.  In addition, some hospitals choose to apply separately for nursing credits, enabling their nurses to receive credits for books and skills they complete.

Some hospitals will pay for continuing education credits, rather than reimbursing for book cost.  In general, however, it is left up to the individual to decide whether or not to seek credit, and, hence, pay the submission fee of $15.00/book.


Credit breakdown by 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



One contact hour is equivalent to 0.1 CEU, making 54 contact hours the same as 5.4 CEUs.  It is possible to submit some book(s) for credit in one year and other book(s) in the next year, which may be useful to meeting requirements of certification or licensure cycles. 

Most nurses who have become certified in one of the perinatal care areas, welcome participation in PCEP, in part because it provides many credits for exceptionally low cost, especially when compared to conference registration and travel expenses.  Likewise, physicians often heartily welcome PCEP for the chance to obtain a significant number of credits at minimal cost and no interruption of practice time with travel and conference attendance.


How to Get Credits

A participant can take the practice tests for each unit as many times as desired.  Practice tests may be accessed at  No fee is charged for completion of the practice tests but you must be registered on the PCEP Continuing Education Program’s webpages accessed via

To obtain credits, a Book Exam must be completed and passed at 80% correct.  The Book Exam has test items taken from the individual unit post-tests and will include about 110 test questions each for Books I, II, and III, with fewer questions for Book IV.

When you have completed the practice tests and are ready to take the book exam, go to and click the PCEP link on the left menu bar, then scroll to the bottom of the page to access the PCEP CME on-line evaluation system.   Choose the book exam and certificate link, choose the appropriate book exam and complete these five steps:

1.     Sign in again and enter your password

2.     Pay your registration fee ($15 per book)

3.     Click the ‘Click to Continue’ button

4.     Complete the Book Exam, scoring 80% correct

5.     Complete the Book Evaluation form 

After successful Book Exam completion, a certificate, listing the number of credits earned, can be downloaded and printed.