Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Preparation Course

This course provides pharmacists with thorough preparation for the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) exam, and focuses on how to deliver effective patient care for the elderly population.


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Pharmacists in most practice settings have an important role to play in identifying and preventing drug-related problems in the older adult population. Older adults are more vulnerable to drug-therapy problems as a result of the numerous physiological changes that occur as they age, and many of them also have multiple disease conditions that lend themselves to polypharmacy.

This CCCEP-accredited professional development program consists of online modules and a multiple-choice assessment. It covers various disease states and essential skills for geriatric pharmacy practice based on the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) exam content outline. The program is designed to help participants not only prepare for the BCGP examination, but also increase their expertise in delivering pharmacy care to the older adult population. The program is taught by clinical experts in geriatric care, many of whom are credentialed themselves.

Please note that the program does not provide participants with the BCGP credential.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify medical conditions commonly seen in the elderly
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geriatric pharmacotherapy and the knowledge and skills to provide pharmaceutical care to the elderly
  • Interpret and understand current clinical practice guidelines for older adults
  • Describe and communicate the role of the pharmacist in managing various diseases in the elderly
  • Assess patient cases to aid in translating knowledge into practice

Course outline:

This course consists of the following modules:

  • Introduction
    • Introduction to Geriatric Medications Management
    • Population Specific Activities
  • Anticoagulation
  • A Practical Approach to Laboratory Abnormalities
  • Dementia, Depression and Insomnia
    • Dementia and Behaviour Disturbances
    • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    • Insomnia
  • Arrhythmias
  • Aging
    • Biology and Socioeconomics of Aging
    • General Principles in Caring for Older Adults
    • Geriatric Syndrome
    • Urinary Incontinence and Urinary Tract Infection
    • Wellness and Health Promotion
  • Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Heart Disease in the Elderly
    • Dyslipidemia in the Elderly
    • Heart Failure
    • Hypertension in the Elderly
    • Ischemic Heart Diseases
    • Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks
  • Asthma and COPD
    • Asthma
    • COPD
  • Infections in the Elderly
    • Infections in the Elderly – General Principles
    • Herpes Zoster in the Elderly
  • Common Elderly-Related Illnesses
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Influenza
    • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Gout
    • Osteoporosis
    • Pneumonia
    • PUD and GERD
    • Medical Deprescribing
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Diabetes in the Older Adult
  • Pharmacological Management of Pain in the Elderly
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Erectile Dysfunction
  • Assessment and Evaluation
    • Final Multiple Choice Exam
    • Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 36 CEUs
  • Available until April 1, 2023
  • 36 hours to complete
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2020-3016-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

There is no prerequisite to register for this program. This program supports pharmacists interested in writing the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Examination. This program also benefits those pharmacists who do not wish to take the BCGP exam, but who want to enhance their knowledge and expertise in geriatric pharmacy practice.

Development Team:

  • Alina Lalani, RPh (PharmD, CGP)
  • Barbara Coulston, RPh (BScPhm, ACPR)
  • Brenda Pawliw, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, BSP)
  • Carlos Rojas-Fernandez, RPh (PharmD, PhD)
  • Chris Fan-Lun, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Debbie Daly, RN (MN, GNC)
  • Heather Kertland, RPh (PharmD, FCSHP)
  • Feng Chang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Frances E. Grundwald, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Freda Leung, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, CDE, CRE)
  • Janet Chong-Lee, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, CDE)
  • Jeff Nagge, RPh (PharmD)
  • Jennifer Lake, RPh (PharmD)
  • Jenny Ng, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Justin Lin, RPh (PharmD, BPS)
  • Karen Riley, RPh (PharmD, CGP, CDE, BPS)
  • Kristi De Buono, RPh (PharmD)
  • Laura Tsang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Lawrence Jackson, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Louise Mallet, RPh (PharmD, CGP)
  • Luis Viana, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, ME)
  • Marisa Bettistella, RPh (PharmD)
  • Mark Edlund, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Natalie Chan, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Rosemarie Patodia, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Sharon Yamashita, RPh (PharmD)
  • Sophia Francis-Pringle, RPh (PharmD, CGP, BCACP, CDE)
  • Susie Jin, RPh (BScPhm, CDE, CPT, CRE)