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 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 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 to not only prepare for the BCGP examination, but also to 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.

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Pricing and Registration; a drop-down will open with 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 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 disase and SIADH
  • Tuberculosis
  • Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection
  • Wellness and health promotion


Continuing Education Units:

  • Number of CEUs:  38.50
  • Accreditation #: 8003-2018-2477-I-P
  • Accreditation Expiry Date: December 31, 2019

Course Availability:

You must complete the course one day before its expiry date; access will be removed after this point.

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 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

Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements until one day before its expiry date: 

  • Complete the program’s online modules (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  • Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
    • Please note: Questions on the multiple-choice exam have been developed to assess the learner’s knowledge on the content of this professional development program and are not designed with the intent to reflect the actual questions on the BCGP examination.
  • Complete the program’s evaluation.

Pre-requisites and target audience

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.

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: Requests for cancellations 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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