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Interprofessional Education and Practice



About Us

The Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences and the office of interprofessional integration is a coordinating center for activities with all our professions and campuses. Integrating the needs and interests of health professions at NSU to prepare professionals to practice collaboratively improving outcomes for our patients, clients and/or athletes. We achieve our goals through curriculum development, engaging students and faculty with active learning strategies, and assessment of interprofessional interactions.

What is IPE?

“Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), (2010).

Why is IPE Important? 

For decades, education for health care professionals has been delivered in silos by individual experts in their discipline. Now with the increasing complexity of healthcare delivery today, an interprofessional team with shared decision making, joint accountability of client/patient care and improve outcomes is needed.

To achieve these healthcare goals, formal interprofessional education was created to provide structure and opportunities for assessment. IPE supports interprofessional students learning from, with and about each other to gain a clear understanding and knowledge of each others’ roles to optimize collaboration.

  • Introduce (Exposure): Students gain a deeper understanding of their own profession while gaining a preliminary appreciation of the existence of different worldviews and of the roles of other professions
  • Reinforce  (Immersion): Students already have more advanced knowledge of their professions. They will learn the perspectives and roles of other professions as well as the contributions they can make to patient care.
  • Practice (Mastery): Students have a clear sense of who they are as practitioners and the role of their professions in the provision of care. They will develop advanced-level critical thinking skills, a high degree of self-reflection, and a deeper understanding of the contributions each profession makes within the health and human service delivery systems.


Competencies are based on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice2016 Update.

Values/Ethics: Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.

Roles/Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.

Interprofessional Communication: Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.

Teams/Teamwork: Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.


Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice (Weblink coming)

National Links

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
This center is a public-private partnership that aims to create a transformational “nexus” to incubate ideas, define health care, and guide program development and research. It provides several resources about integrating health professions education with practice as well as information about educational offerings and research projects across the country. In February 2019, together with the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative, it released Guidance on Developing Quality IPE for Health Professionals.

American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC)The AIHC offers the Leadership Webinar Series, a forum for leaders committed to reshaping systems through showcasing significant transformational interprofessional education and collaborative practice efforts.

MedEdPORTAL Interprofessional Education (IPE) PortalThis portal is designed to foster the identification, development, and deployment of educational resources aimed at supporting team-based or collaborative care essential to training an interprofessional workforce.




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