Primary Care of Older Adults (PCOA) Program

The goal of HIPCOA is to build the capacity of the healthcare workforce in geriatrics. This will be accomplished by a multi-modal education intervention aimed at improving the knowledge and skill sets of primary care providers, faculty members and students. Through the creation, testing, and nationwide dissemination of a series of primary care-focused online learning modules, the PCOA program will create a systematic approach to embed in primary care settings patient- and family-centered and evidence-based care that is responsive to the particular needs of older adults.

Modules are availabe in the HIGN's clinical nursing website and elearning center. Visit

Topic covered include the following: 

Module #1- Medicare Annual Wellness Visits and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Older Adults
Module #2 Common Screening for Older Adults
Module #3 Cancer Screening
Module #4 Presentation of Illness in Older Adults
Module #5A Dementia- - Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence-based Care Guide for Primary Care Providers
Module #5B Dementia - Collaborative Care Approach to Memory Disorders in Primary Care
Module #6 Advance Directives
Module #7 Palliative and Hospice Care
Module #8 Multiple Chronic Conditions
Module #9 Persistent Pain in Older Adults
Module #10 Medication Management

This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.