Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP)

What Is The Perinatal Continuing Education Program?
In existence since 1984, the Oklahoma Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) provides doctors, nurses and other health care providers across the state with valuable knowledge they use while caring for Oklahoma's most valuable resource, our children. The term perinatal means the time surrounding a baby's birth. It includes the pregnancy and the first days of a child's life.

The Perinatal Continuing Education Program Core Components:

  • Manual skills and cognitive knowledge
  • Multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty participation
  • Self-instructional materials, broad perinatal content
  • Self-assessment of perinatal care goals, resources, and care routines
  • Continuing education credits for participants - maximum of 54 continuing nursing education credits or Category I continuing medical education credits available
  • Varied study tracks available based on area of practice of each participant. Tracks are Maternal/Fetal, Maternal/Newborn, Neonatal, and Perinatal
  • In Oklahoma cost per participant is $100-200 depending on study track desired. Download the PCEP Book Order Form

How Is PCEP Offered In Oklahoma?
PCEP is offered by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Hospitals take PCEP beginning with workshops that are held two times a year. It takes approximately five months to complete the entire program. Any hospital in the state that delivers babies may take the program.  PCEP Book Order Form

Program Effects:

  • Cognitive knowledge increases for all participants
  • Hospital perinatal-care equipment deficiencies decrease
  • Elective patient care becomes more closely aligned with available resources
  • Appropriate care practices increase
  • Communication between disciplines and among care providers improves 

Reasons for Success:

  • Provides effective education; patient care improves
  • Utilizes efficient implementation strategy
  • Facilitates organizational change
  • Provides useful tools for resource assessment, competency evaluation and risk reduction
  • Is cost effective and efficient
  • Allows advance budget planning
  • Adapts to different users and locations
  • Is well-accepted by participants

How Is PCEP Funded In Oklahoma?
PCEP is partially funded by The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Departments of OB/GYN and Pediatrics and participating hospitals.

Dr. Anne Wlodaver explains neonatal transition and assisting ventilation for the depressed newborn

Visit our calendar for dates of the Coordinator's Workshop (January and July)


*  The Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.