Geriatric Pharmacy

Geriatric Pharmacy Practice specializes in applying the knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medications in older adults to optimize therapeutic outcomes.   Currently there are more than 4,400 BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists.

The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP), founded in 1997 by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), became part of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in 2017.

The BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) provides pharmaceutical care to the elderly, including wellness, treatment, monitoring and patient safety services. As the clinical role of pharmacists continues to expand, the BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to focus on the special needs of older patients who may have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications.

Note: all practice eligibility requirements must be met prior to the candidate sitting for the examination

The minimum requirements for this specialty certification are:

  • Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside the U.S. that qualifies the individual to practice in the jurisdiction;
  • A current, active license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction;
  • Completion of two (2) years of practice experience, post- licensure, with at least 50% of time spent in geriatric pharmacy activities as defined in the 2018 BPS Geriatric Pharmacy Content Outline;  and
  • Achieving a passing score on the Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination.
  • Domain 1: General Principles of Aging (20% of the examination)
  • Domain 2: Person-Centered Care (60% of the examination)
  • Domain 3: Population and Public Health (20% the examination)

How many credits do I need to recertify?
You need 75 credit hours to recertify at the end of the five-year recertification cycle. When you recertify at the end of the seven -year certification cycle, you will need 100 credit hours.

How many credits do I currently have?
Please contact our CE providers directly to inquire on how many credits you have completed so far. ASCP may be reached by e-mail at education@ascp.com and ASHP may be reached at this link: https://www.ashp.org/contact-us.

When you access your ASCP/ASHP transcript(s), the module or program should say “BCGP” or “Geriatric Recertification” if it is approved for BCGP recertification.

When will I receive my recertification certificate?

BCGP recertification certificates are mailed out every 3 months. When you have completed your recertification, your BCGP certificate will be sent out in the next scheduled mailing.

Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists must pay a Certification Administration Fee of $125 per year for six out of seven years of the certification cycle.  However, BPS only charges one Administration Fee regardless of the number of credentials a pharmacist holds.  In addition, BPS charges a $400 renewal fee once every 7 years.

BPS bills their certified pharmacists for the Certification Administration Fee on an annual basis each May. Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists will be included in this annual billing beginning in May 2018. Pharmacists who became initially certified in 2017 will pay the normal fee of $125 per year beginning in 2018.

Pharmacists who are due for renewal of their geriatric credential on or after September 1, 2017 will pay the $400 renewal fee, but will not pay any Certification Administration Fee until May 2018.  They will then pay the normal fee of $125 per year beginning in 2018.

Pharmacists who are due for renewal of their geriatric credential between January 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017 will pay the $400 renewal fee and the normal CCGP $250 Certification Administration Fee, unless they hold an additional certification from BPS.  Those who are dually certified are already paying the $125 Annual Fee.

Pharmacists who are currently certified and have pre-paid Certification Administration Fees will be credited for these prepaid funds. Instead of $125 per year, a lower amount per year may be charged until these prepaid funds are consumed.

The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP), founded in 1997 by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), became part of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in 2017.

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Geriatric Pharmacy Practice specializes in applying the knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medications in older adults to optimize therapeutic outcomes.   Currently there are more than 4,400 BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists.

The BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP):

  • Applies the pharmacist patient care process to provide person-centered care to older adults with complex medication regimens and multiple comorbidities.
  • Provides direct patient care, education of other health care providers, advocacy for appropriate medication use in older adults and collaboration with interprofessional health care teams.
  • Improves public health by identifying, preventing, and resolving medication-related problems in older adults, while promoting optimal therapeutic and humanistic outcomes.

To become a BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, a pharmacist must:

  • Graduate from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside of the S. that qualifies the individual to practice in that jurisdiction
  • Maintain a current, active license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction
  • Complete two (2) years of practice experience, post-licensure, with at least 50% of time spent in geriatric pharmacy activities (as defined in the BPS Geriatric Pharmacy Content Outline); and
  • Achieve a passing score on the BPS Geriatric Pharmacy Certification Examination.

Recertification is required every seven (7) years and can be accomplished by:

  • Earning a minimum of 100 hours of continuing education provided by the geriatric professional development programs offered by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

OR

  • Achieving a passing score on the BPS Geriatric Pharmacy Recertification Exam

Becoming BPS board certified enables pharmacists to:

  • Provide more comprehensive and complex patient care
  • Be prepared to step into pharmacy’s evolving position on the interdisciplinary treatment team
  • Experience increased recognition by other healthcare professionals, employers, patients and insurers
  • Improve their standing in a competitive employment market

Board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® is the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through the rigorous examination standards mandated by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties®, the BPS board certified pharmacist is uniquely trained and educated to meet the continually expanding expectations of other healthcare team members and the specialized needs of the patients they serve.