NCC Exam Opportunities, Details, and Preparation Suggestions

Option to sit an NCC Exam on-site (paper-pencil format) following the review seminar: Scroll down for full registration instructions and a direct NCC website link.

InPatient Obstetric Nursing Core Exam:

Available at two seminars: Following the InPatient OB Review Seminar or following Labor & Delivery Review: Physiologic Intensive Caring Seminar:
Exam is the following (third) morning and allows 3 hours

Maternal Newborn Nursing Core Exam:

Following the Maternal and Low Risk Newborn Review
exam is the next (fourth) morning, allows 3 hours.

Low Risk Neonatal Nursing Core Exam:
Following EITHER the Maternal and Newborn Review Seminar
(Exam is the next (fourth) morning, allows 3 hours)
NOW AVAILABLE at the NICU Review Seminar (Exam is the third afternoon, allow 3 hours).

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Core Exam:

Following the NICU Review Seminar
Exam is the third afternoon, allows 3 hours


  • You must register separately and at least 21 days prior to exam date
  • You must attend at least one day of the corresponding review seminar

Registration Instructions for an NCC Exam on-site with a PEC seminar:

  1. Complete registration for the PEC Review Seminar:
    On the checkout page, check the box that you are taking the exam on-site. There is a $25 non-refundable Test Administration Fee due to PEC.
    You will receive the PEC class code (Item number) on your receipt at check out.​
  2. Proceed to the NCC website, utilize this URL for direct access to the correct page:
  3. ​Read contents on first page, scroll down and click the button “Register for a PEC exam”
  4. Next on the NCC website page:  Choose and click on the appropriate exam from the list; page opens, answer questions.
  5. The answer to Question #2 “Test site code” is the Item Number on your registration receipt.
    It begins with numbers “18” or “19”.  When you enter the code, a city and test date will appear below the box, be sure it is correct, and corresponds to the city and date of the Review seminar you registered for; otherwise, you have entered something incorrectly.
  6. Proceed through the rest of the NCC questions and then pay the $275 fee due NCC for the exam.  If you are being requested to pay $325 you are registering for the computerized exam, not a paper-pencil exam to follow the seminar.  Go back to the top of these instructions and start again!

Preparation Suggestions for Exam Candidates

It is PEC’s suggestion that all candidates download and review the Candidates Guide specific to the test they are taking from the NCC website. Specifically pay attention to the breakdown of the test question categories. Also review the topics covered and perform a self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. If you identify weaknesses consider studying before you attend a Seminar. We have excellent resources within the Home Study Units for this purpose.
We are happy to answer all of your questions or take your registration over the phone by calling our toll free line at (800)732-2387. Our office is open from 9am to 4pm PST, M-F.

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