Welcome! Before you can become a consultant or senior care pharmacist, you’ll need to spend some time exploring your options and getting ready for your career change. Below are some suggestions, tools and resources to help guide you along the path. Also check out:
Become a Member
If you aren’t already a member, joining ASCP is perhaps the single most important thing you can do! The Society will be an excellent resource for learning more about senior care and consulting career paths.
Becoming a member is easy -- follow this link to learn more about the benefits of membership and complete your registration online.
Look For a Local Chapter
Connecting with Consultant Pharmacists and ASCP members in your area is a great way to network and learn more about starting your own practice. Find an ASCP Chapter near you.
Meet a Senior Care Pharmacist
Jobs & Business Opportunities
Shop our Store
ASCP membership allows you to take advantage of substantial discounts on our many publications designed specifically for consultant pharmacists! You can shop the ASCP Store. Specific recommendations for new consultants include:
Check out our Journal
The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of ASCP. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP.
Attend an ASCP Meeting
Attending a national or regional ASCP Meeting is another great way to network and learn more about becoming a consultant. See the full listing of upcoming meetings.
Consider Becoming Certified
One way to distinguish yourself from other pharmacists and hone your clinical skills is to sit for the board certification exam in geriatric pharmacy, the CGP, which is issued by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP). Not only will preparing for the exam help you better understand the clinical issues unique to senior citizens, it will also make you more marketable as a consultant pharmacist. The CCGP Web site is excellent and will direct you toward invaluable study tools.