Drug Therapy and Pain Managment CE/CME | 5 Credit Online Course

Aging Gracefully


Course Fee

General Course Fee: $99

CME Credit

This program in its entirety provides 5 hours (0.5 CEU) of ACPE CPE home study, opioids and pain credit AMA Category 2 CME, and CNE pharmacology credit.

Course Expiration Date



This program, Aging Gracefully, was originally presented and recorded October 4, 2019 at a live continuing education seminar for health professionals in Kauai, Hawaii.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:

Performing a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment – Kevin O’Connor (1 hr) 

  • Describe the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and how primary care providers should consider these with respect to “level of care assistance” recommendations.
  • Discuss common diseases which present differently in elders.
  • Identify evidence-based tools to perform comprehensive geriatric assessments.
  • Describe the doctor/patient relationship in regards to geriatric medicine.
  • Identify the role of community resources in preserving the functional independence of older adults.

Acute Pain and Emerging Therapies for Pain Management – Kevin O’Connor (1hr)

  • Define “pain” as per the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
  • Classify pain according to its origin and duration.
  • Identify the basic physiology of pain.
  • List commonly used analgesic drug classes and individual drugs; describe their mechanism of action and identify the potential for both common and major side effects.
  • Describe various pain assessment techniques, using evidence-based tools.
  • Identify preventative and therapeutic measures for opioid-associated side effects.
  • Describe the multimodal approach to pain management, to include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

 Drug Therapy in the Older Adult- Reamer L. Bushardt (2hrs)

  • Discuss key physiologic and pathophysiologic changes of aging that impact drug therapy;
  • Apply age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to patient scenarios;
  • List 9 key questions useful for identifying and managing polypharmacy in older adults;
  • Apply practical tools to screen and appropriately manage complex drug regimens among older adults with or at-risk for drug injury;
  • Discuss high risk drug-drug and drug-dietary supplement interactions commonly encountered in primary care, including best practices in identifying and managing related toxicities.

Drug Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis- Reamer L. Bushardt (1hr)

  • Define treatment goals for patients with or at-risk for osteoporosis;
  • Relate treatment strategies to empiric evidence regarding fracture prevention and treatment;
  • Develop a prevention and monitoring plan for patients at-risk for osteoporosis;
  • Describe pertinent pharmacologic parameters related to pharmaceuticals used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.


Reamer L. Bushardt, Pharm.D., PA-C, DFAAPA

Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences  The George Washington  University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.

Dr. Bushardt,  has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.

Kevin C. O’Connor, D.O., FAAFP 

Associate Professor of Medicine, Senior Medical Advisor, Health Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences; Director, Executive Medicine Program, GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Dr. O’Connor has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.

Registration Instructions

  • Register online by clicking here.
  • You will register and complete your course on our learning management system (LMS).
  • Once registered, you may watch our self paced continuing education course on your computer or mobile device.
  • Course handouts, course post test and evaluation are accessible on the LMS system.

Requirements for Credit

For ACPE, ANCC or AMA Category 2 Credit, you must receive a score of 70% or greater on the multiple choice test and and complete the written course evaluation.

Please complete and test and evaluation online. ULS will receive notification of course completion, and will mail your statement of credit.*

*Pharmacists: Please ensure that we have your NABP# and date of birth on file. ACPE does not allow us to provide you with paper Statements of Credit. Should you need a paper statement of credit, you can access that information via CPE Monitor. All other professionals: An applicable paper Statement of Credit will be issued upon receipt of your post-conference paperwork.

Obtaining CE Credit

Once your course is completed and accreditation requirements have been met, ULS will receive notification of course completion, and email your statement of credit (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and non-US health professionals), report credit to CPE Monitor (pharmacists)  and report credit to other organizations that you specify such as CE Broker. Please provide all necessary reporting information at the time of registration.

Accreditation/ Target Audience


This course provides five (5) hours of AMA Category 2 credit.

American Osteopathic Association (AOA): This course provides five (5) hours of AMA Category 2 credit.

Canadian Physicians:

Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada CFPC : This course provides five (5) hours of AMA Category 2 credit.

Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA): This course provides five (5) hours of AMA Category 2 credit.

Nurse Practitioners

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):  Continuing education hours approved by ACPE meet the ANCC-accredited CNE criteria. This course provides pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics Category 1 Continuing Education Hours for certification renewal. The same hours submitted to renew certification may be submitted to a State Board of Nursing for re-licensure.

National Certification Corporation (NCC): Recognizes any Nursing, Medical, Health Care or Other For Profit or Not for Profit Education Provider. Please contact NCC regarding approval.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP): National Certification Program for Nurse Practitioners accepts ACPE credit.


University Learning Systems is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11409.


University Learning Systems (ULS), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education. All ULS courses carry ACPE credit with the designation for pharmacists (P). Online courses are recognized as home study courses by ACPE.

Title: Aging Gracefully

UPN: 0741-0000-19-025-H01-P
Activity Type: Application
CEU: 5 hours (Opioids & Pain, 1 Hour)
Exp. 10/04/2022

Canadian Pharmacists

Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) accepts courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Other Health Professionals

Contact your respective board regarding approval.