CPNP-PC Exam Resources
The Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (CPNP-PC) exam is 3 hours and asks 175 multiple-choice questions based on categories in the content outline, an essential study reference. Create a personal study plan and prepare using the resources below.
Special Note: Beginning in September 2018, the exam administered will align with the revised content outline (published April 2018), which was the result of a formal Job Task Analysis (JTA) process. After the JTA, a passing point determination follows construction of new exam forms and establishes minimum passing scores using standard psychometric methods, such as Item Response Theory and Modified-Angoff scoring.
Please expand the “Essential: Content Outline” section below for more information.
The content outline/test blueprint is your #1 tool to start your study. It describes all subject areas covered by the exam and questions per category.
PNCB certification exams are comprehensive tests, so be sure to study all areas of the content outline.
Tip! This exam tests your ability to apply knowledge and use critical thinking skills to determine one best answer among answer choices.
Download your content outline:
- Planning to test by September 13, 2018? Use this content outline which reflects our 2012-13 research describing role responsibilities and clinical activities of pediatric primary care nurse practitioners in the U.S.
- Planning to test September 17, 2018 or beyond? Use the updated CPNP-PC content outline based on our 2017-18 Job Task Analysis research. This routine, required research ensures that exam content accurately represents current pediatric primary care nurse practitioner practice in the U.S.
Content for the updated exam has not changed considerably. You do not need to study differently, and there is no advantage to taking one content outline's exam over the other. See full details about the latest 2017-18 study in our executive summary of highlights and 2017-18 CPNP-PC Exam PowerPoint.
We recommend you use ONE pediatric textbook that you are familiar with to review for the exam. This text should also focus on the subject areas covered by the exam content outline.
Our primary care exam item writers and committee members have found the most current edition of the following references useful for their review. Additions or deletions to this list are a result of exam committee member input and anonymous faculty surveys.
You do not need to study all the references listed below. PNCB does not endorse nor have any proprietary relationship with any of the following textbooks or their publishing companies.
TEXTBOOKS AND RELATED RESOURCES
- American Academy of Pediatrics - 2015 Red Book
- Kliegman, Stanton, St. Geme, Schor & Behrman - Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
- Burns, Dunn, Brady, Starr & Blosser - Pediatric Primary Care
- Burns, Richardson & Brady - Pediatric Primary Care Case Studies
- Carey, Crocker, Coleman, Ellis & Feldman - Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- Dixon & Stein - Encounters with Children: Pediatric Behavior and Development
- Duderstadt K - Pediatric Physical Examination
- Green (Ed.) - National Center for Education Bright Futures - Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children in Maternal & Child Health and Adolescents
- Hay, Levin, Deterding & Sondheimer - Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment
- Jackson Allen, P. & Vessey, J. A. - Primary Care of the Child with a Chronic Condition
- Johns Hopkins Hospital: Harriett Lane Handbook
- Neinstein, Gordon, Katzman, Callahan, Joffe & Rickert - Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care: A Practical Guide
- Paller, Mancini - Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology: A Textbook of Skin Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
- Richardson - Pediatric Primary Care: Practice Guidelines for Nurses
- Taketomo, Hodding, & Kraus - Pediatric Dosage Handbook
- Weston, Lane & Morelli - Color Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology
- Zitelli & Davis - Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE / PROFESSIONAL ROLE
- Buppert - Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide
- Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, & O'Grady - Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach
- AAP, ACOG, MMWR, CDC, Safekids - Injury Prevention
CPNP-PC Practice Tests offer in-depth rationale for right answers to enhance critical thinking. Score reports can help you focus studies.
The cost is $50 per module. You receive unlimited attempts of 75 questions for 150 days.
PNCB's Test-taking Strategies resource is a free PowerPoint developed to help you learn exam preparation tips, strategies for answering multiple-choice exam questions, and techniques to manage test anxiety. Not a study or a review course.
What review course should I take? Which books are the best? Do you offer a review course?
The PNCB can't conduct a review course because this would be a conflict of interest. We also can't endorse a specific review course or book, but we do recommend you consider the following when selecting a course or title:
- How are the instructors or authors prepared? Do they have rigorous academic credentials? Do they hold the credential you seek? What about their practice experience?
- Are the topics covered consistent with the exam's content outline?
- Do the books offer practice questions after each chapter?
- Does the course offer testimonials? If so, evaluate the comments offered by your peers.
- Does the review course ask for feedback? Do they post survey results on their website?
- Talk to others who have taken a specific review course. Were they satisfied?
You may also want to check your membership organization website for books that are recommended. We hope this gives you an idea of things to look for as you make your decisions.
Sample Questions for the CPNP-PC Exam
Please note that these are only sample question types you may encounter and do not reflect the scope or degree of difficulty of the exam. The answer key is located at the bottom of the page. For more questions with correct answer rationale, consider PNCB's practice tests for your exam.
Select the one answer that is best in each case.
1. The MOST likely cause of bilateral purulent conjunctivitis in a 1 day old is:
2. In a family with a chronically ill child, which of the following circumstances is MOST suggestive of excessive stress?
3. The MOST appropriate treatment for documented Lyme disease in a 5 year old, who weighs 56 lb (25.5 kg) is
4. Significant findings on physical assessment of a 14 year old female who complains of constipation and fatigue include:
5. Which of the following children require a language referral for further evaluation?