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Interprofessional Education

AACN's IPE Strategy

AACN strategic plan includes: Lead innovation in academic nursing that promotes team- based, interprofessional health care.

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.

Upcoming Webinars & Events
  •  See the IPEC website for the latest webinars and events.  

2021-2023 IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Revision
In May 2021, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) began a formal process to review and revise the 2016 IPEC Core Competencies with a tentative release in summer/fall 2023. Each of IPEC’s 21 institutional members selected a representative as the voice of their association. AACN’s representative on the Revision Working Group is Dr. Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. View FAQs here.

IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update

IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2011 Original

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competencies 

Team-Based Competencies, Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice

Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework
A product of the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force convened by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, this framework aims to prepare students to participate effectively as members of interprofessional health care teams delivering clinical prevention and population health services.


Interprofessional Education Websites:

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
Established in 2009, IPEC is a coalition of 21 national health professions education associations committed to advancing interprofessional learning experiences and helping prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improved population health outcomes.

IPEC Teaching and Learning Resources
This working collection of available resources features teaching and learning resources regarding IPE for collaborative practice.

IPEC Archived Webinars
These free, dynamic webinars are open to all AACN members.

Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award
Annually given by IPEC and USPHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, this joint award recognizes multidisciplinary efforts to impact community health. The overall winner(s) receive a $2,000 travel stipend and their award plaque at the annual Summer IPEC Member Meeting in Washington, DC, and present a national IPEC webinar on their project and findings.

IPEC Interprofessional Education and Patient Care Scoping Review
In 2020, IPEC partnered with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) to assist in developing and executing a scoping review to evaluate the evidence linking IPE interventions to improving the delivery of safe and effective patient care.

Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC)
A coalition of eleven leading health professions organizations, including AACN, IPC focuses on developing and sharing educational resources related to assessment of interprofessional professionalism. 

Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
Global Forum is an ongoing, convening activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that brings together stakeholders from multiple nations and professions to network, discuss and illuminate issues within health professional education.

National Academies of Practice (NAP)
NAP is an interdisciplinary group of practitioners dedicated to advancing interprofessional healthcare by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
The National Center offers and supports evaluation, research, data and evidence that ignites the field of interprofessional practice and education and leads to better care, added value, and healthier communities.

Online Interprofessional Module on Foodborne Outbreak - Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice
This free, self-paced, interactive, online teaching module demonstrates the importance of interprofessional practice among health professionals to improve and protect population health. 

National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE)
NCICLE provides a forum for organizations committed to improving the educational experience and patient care outcomes within clinical learning environments. 

Clinical Teaching and Learning Experiences without Physical Patient Contact
Designed by diverse educators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this working collection features clinical learning experiences, which can be readily used or easily adapted for specific, local settings, without the need for physical patient contact.

InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global)
IPR.Global is a special interest group of the Interprofessional.Global, promotes and advocates for evidence-informed policies and practices through fostering and facilitating theory-driven, methodologically rigorous IPE and collaborative practice research.

Additional Resources:

IPC Assessment Behaviors, Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment (IPA) Instrument, and Toolkit
These resources aim to evaluate an entry-level health professional’s demonstration of professionalism when interacting with members of other health professions.

This portal contains high quality, peer-reviewed, competency-based learning modules for interprofessional health education.

Compassionate Scholars with Schwartz Center

Reports and Publications:

Zorek J, Ragucci K, Eickhoff J, Najjar G, et al. Development and validation of the IPEC Institutional Assessment Instrument. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. December 2022, 29: 100553.

Khalili H, Lackie K, Langlois S, Wetzlmair LC, & Working Group. Global IPE Situational Analysis Result Final Report. InterprofessionalResearch.Global. 2022.

Hammer D, Anderson MB, Brunson WD, Grus C, et al. Defining and Measuring Construct of Interprofessional Professionalism. Journal of Allied Health. Summer 2012; 41(2):e49-e53.

Holtman MS, Frost JS, Hammer DP, McGuinn K, Nunez LM. Interprofessional professionalism: Linking professionalism and interprofessional care. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2011, 25:383-385.

Featured Webinar Series: A New Era for Academic Nursing

AACN's New Era for Academic Nursing webinar series was designed to highlight outstanding examples of interprofessional engagement happening across the nation in response to recommendations contained in the groundbreaking report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing.

Access the Webinars On-Demand

Download New Era for Academic Nursing Report

Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award​

The Excellence in IPE Collaboration Award is presented to a team of health-professional school-based collaborators who have innovatively addressed a public health issue while making a lasting impact on the community’s health. In addition to including team members representing multiple professions, the proposed project should aim to establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes (community practice, public health education, and/or research).  See past award winners and award criteria. The 2023 submission cycle closes on February 3, 2023.

For additional details and to apply, visit IPEC’s website.