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

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Certificate preparation

Pharmacists in most practice settings play an important role in identifying and preventing drug-related problems in the older adult population. Older adults are more vulnerable to drug-therapy problems because of the numerous physiological changes that occur as they age. Many 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 prepare for the BCGP examination and 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.

Note: the program does not provide participants with the BCGP credential.

How to Register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Pricing and Registration. A drop-down menu will provide pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on Add to Cart to start the registration process.

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Program Outline

This blended program consists of the following online 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 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, Paget’s disease and SIADH
  • Tuberculosis
  • Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection
  • Wellness and health promotion


Number of Continuing Education Units 

Accreditation #

Accreditation Expiry Date
December 31, 2019

Please note that learners who purchased this course prior to December 31, 2019, will have their course access extended until new expiry date (likely December 31, 2020).

Course Availability
You must complete the course one day before its expiry date (see above); after this point, access will be removed.

Learning Format
Online, didactic learning modules

Learner Assessment
Multiple choice assessment

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • Identify medical conditions commonly seen in the elderly.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geriatric pharmacotherapy and have 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 help translate knowledge into practice.

Program Completion

To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements before the day preceding the course's expiry date: 

  • Complete the program’s online modules. Instructions will be emailed after registration.
  • Complete the multiple-choice exam, achieving a score of 70 per cent or higher within a maximum of two attempts.
  • Note: questions on the multiple-choice exam have been developed to assess the learner’s knowledge of this professional development program's content and are not designed to reflect the actual questions on the BCGP examination.
  • Complete a program evaluation.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

This program has no prerequisites. This program supports pharmacists interested in writing the Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Examination. This program also benefits pharmacists who do not wish to take the BCGP exam but who want to enhance their knowledge and expertise in geriatric pharmacy practice.

For more information about the BCGP examination, please visit

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • 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)

Last updated: July 27, 2018

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
2018 BCGP Course   $574.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
2018 BCGP Course   $1,148.00 Add to Cart 
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