Medication Therapy for Older Adults – Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Preparation Course

Maximize your potential for successful completion of the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) exam with this CCCEP-accredited course.


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As we age, our need for prescription drugs increases. Older adult populations use more prescription drugs than any other age group. According to the Canadian Health Institute, one in four Canadian seniors were prescribed 10 or more drug classes in 2016.

The increase in prescription drug use among older adult populations is expected as multiple disease conditions may develop with age. This, however, presents a challenge to pharmacists as older adults are more vulnerable to drug-therapy problems.

Canadian studies show that older adults prescribed a myriad of medications are more likely to be hospitalized for an adverse drug reaction (ADR).

Pharmacists in most practice settings have an important role to play in identifying and preventing drug-related problems in the older adult population. Ensuring that patients are receiving only the medications they need is essential in preventing adverse effects and polypharmacy.

This CCCEP-accredited professional development course covers various disease states and essential skills for geriatric pharmacy practice based on the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) exam content outline. The course 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. It is taught by clinical experts in geriatric care, many of whom are credentialed themselves.

Note: This course 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 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:

  • Anemia in chronic kidney disease
  • Anticoagulation
  • A practical approach to lab abnormalities
  • Arrhythmias
  • Asthma
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction
  • Biology and socioeconomics of aging
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Constipation
  • Dementia and behavioural disturbances
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dyslipidemia
  • General principles of caring for older adults
  • General principles of infectious diseases in older adults
  • Geriatric syndrome
  • Heart failure
  • Herpes zoster
  • Hypertension
  • Influenza
  • Insomnia
  • Introduction to geriatric medications management
  • Ischemic heart disease: acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and chronic stable angina
  • Medication deprescribing
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care and end of life care
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Pneumonia
  • Population specific activities for geriatric pharmacists
  • Stroke and transient ischemic attacks
  • Thyroid, adrenal, padget’s disease and SIADH
  • Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection
  • Wellness and health promotion

Course at a glance:

  • 36 CEUs
  • Available until 01/03/2021
  • +40 hours to complete
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2020-3016-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules and achieve a score of 70 per cent or higher on the multiple-choice exam (two attempts). Note: Questions on the multiple-choice exam are developed to assess the learner’s knowledge on the content of this professional development course and are not designed with the intent to reflect the actual questions on the BCGP examination.

Who should take this course:

This course supports pharmacists interested in writing the BCGP exam. Pharmacists who want to enhance their knowledge and expertise in geriatric pharmacy practice are also welcome.

For more information about the BCGP exam, please visit:

Development Team:

  • Brenda Pawliw, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, BSP)
  • Carlos Rojas-Fernandez, RPh (PharmD, PhD)
  • Chris Fan-Lun, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Debbie Daly, RN (MN, GNC)
  • 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)
  • 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)