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National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC)

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The National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC) invites all ACAPT individual members who are involved with or interested in interprofessional education (IPE) to join our consortium - for free!


  1. The NIPEC shall advance physical therapy as an integral component of interprofessional education and practice through collaboration with other organizations nationally and internationally.
  2. The consortium shall serve as a resource and forum for faculty at member institutions involved in interprofessional education efforts.
  3. The consortium shall promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice within the physical therapy community through the ACAPT.


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*For issues or suggestions on the NIPEC website, please contact Samantha Brown (skbrownPT@gmail.com)


Support ACAPT's mission to promote excellence in physical therapy education by:

  1. Disseminating information on IPE and collaborative practice among physical therapy education programs.
  2. Providing a mechanism for engaging academic and clinical educators to address matters related to integration of interprofessional education into academic physical therapy (Cultural Transformation)
  3. Fostering a culture of innovation, intellectual engagement, and leadership among faculty in interprofessional education (Cultural Transformation)
  4. Facilitating collaboration with other health professions educational programs for education, practice and scholarly activity related to interprofessional education (Cultural Transformation)
  5. Developing mechanisms for enabling entry-level physical therapists to meet the core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice as a coordinated effort with the ACAPT and the APTA. (Excellence)1
  6. Disseminating information related to interprofessional collaborative practice to the physical therapy community in coordination with the ACAPT.
  7. Serving as a resource related to interprofessional collaboration to the ACAPT and to the national associations of schools of the health professions to promote and advance IPE experiences in education and practice.

What is Interprofessional Education?

"Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when students, or members from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes and services. Interprofessional education is a necessary step in preparing a “collaborative practice-ready” health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs. A collaborative practice-ready health worker is someone who has learned how to work in an interprofessional collaborative team and is competent to do so." Source: World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice

What are the four IPEC IPE Core Competency Domains:

  1. Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  2. Roles/Responsibilities
  3. Interprofessional Communication
  4. Teams and Teamwork

See the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.


Check out the National Center of Interprofessional Practice and Education You Tube channel!


Watch a free IPEC webinar featuring speakers from the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE). Practice and Policy in a Pandemic: Accreditation, Regulations, Future Implications.


Nexus Real Stories with Real Impacts: What Worked for Accelerating Initiative Teamsa series of virtual webinars provide insight into how selected sites addressed the gap between health professions education and health care delivery in a community setting.

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) maintains an archive of free webinars. 

IPEC hosts two annual team-based faculty development institutes to identify and plan institutionally-based projects that embed interprofessional education within their health professions schools. This free collection includes posters describing the development and implementation of these projects.



Globally, the advent and rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption to health professions education and practice including interprofessional education. Health professions programs around the world have made a dramatic shift to virtual learning platforms in response to closures of academic institutions and restrictions imposed on learners accessing practice settings. Telehealth has been established in many countries as a revolutionized practice in the current environment.


The current pandemic situation requires ongoing evolution leading to reflections on future directions for the interprofessional education filed and its role in shaping future practice model. The current pandemic situation provided the awareness of a silver lining that provides an opportunity for future growth.



The current pandemic offers a unique opportunity for educators, practitioners, and researchers to retain what has to retain what has served interprofessional education and practice in the past and begin to imagine and new. 



Langlois S, Xyrichis A, Daulton BJ, Gilbert J, Lackie K, Lising D, MacMillan K, Najjar G, Pfeifle AL, Khalili H. The COVID-19 crisis silver lining: interprofessional education to guide future innovation. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2020. DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1800606




Allvin R, Thompson C, Edelbring S. Assessment of interprofessional competence in undergraduate health professions education: protocol for a systematic review of self-report instrumentsSyst Rev. 2020;9(1):142. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32532308/

Hinyard L, Toomey E, Eliot K, Breitbach A. Student Perceptions of Collaboration Skills in an Interprofessional Context: Development and Initial Validation of the Self-Assessed Collaboration Skills Instrument. Eval Health Prof. 2019;42(4):450-472. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29334770/

Steinheider B, Shortridge A, Hoffmeister V, Randall K, Ciro C. Revisiting the attitudes toward health care teams scale: Developing a short version for graduate health care education [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 23]. J Interprof Care. 2020;1-8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32323634/


Interprofessional Education:

Bethea DP, Smith N, Allison LK, et al. Live Standardized Patient Scenario Improves Attitudes Toward and Readiness for Interprofessional Education in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Students. J Allied Health. 2019;48(2):81-87. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31167008/

Byerly LK, Floren LC, Yukawa M, O'Brien BC. Getting outside the box: exploring role fluidity in interprofessional student groups through the lens of activity theory [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 23]. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2020;10.1007/s10459-020-09983-w. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32705403/

Charrette AL, Sullivan KM, Kucharski-Howard J, Seed S, Lorenz L. Physical therapy and pharmacy interprofessional education in the context of a university pro bono physical therapy setting. J Interprof Care. 2020;34(3):315-323.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31538507/

Dawes D, Rusticus S, Beck C, et al. Development of five online modules for teaching evidence-informed healthcare: the West coast Interprofessional Clinical Knowledge Evidence Disseminator (WICKED) Project [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 27]. BMJ Evid Based Med. 2020;bmjebm-2020-111399. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32719052/

Dyess AL, Brown JS, Brown ND, Flautt KM, Barnes LJ. Impact of interprofessional education on students of the health professions: a systematic review. J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2019;16:33. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31710802/

Edwards Collins ME, Bell CS, Migliarese SJ, et al. Student Perceptions of a Live Standardized Patient Interprofessional Education Scenario: A Multi-Year Study. J Allied Health. 2020;49(1):8-13. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32128533/

Hsia S, Tran DN, Beechinor R, Gahbauer A, Fitzsimmons A, Brock T. Interprofessional peer teaching: The value of a pharmacy student-led pharmacology course for physical therapy students. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2020;12(10):1252-1257. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32739063/

Smith LJ, Ascione FJ, Ruffolo MC. Large-Scale Asynchronous Online Interprofessional Learning Experience. J Allied Health. 2019;48(4):e123-e130.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31800667/


Interprofessional Collaboration:

McCave EL, Aptaker D, Hartmann KD, Zucconi R. Promoting Affirmative Transgender Health Care Practice Within Hospitals: An IPE Standardized Patient Simulation for Graduate Health Care Learners. MedEdPORTAL. 2019;15:10861. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32051844/

Ulrich G, Homberg A, Karstens S, Mahler C. Attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration in young healthcare professionals. J Interprof Care. 2019;33(6):768-773.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30943816/

Mountain A, Patrice Lindsay M, Teasell R, et al. Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations: Rehabilitation, Recovery, and Community Participation following Stroke. Part Two: Transitions and Community Participation Following Stroke [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jan 27]. Int J Stroke. 2020;1747493019897847. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31983292/


NIPEC's nominating committee is now accepting nominations for the upcoming elections.  Open positions include:

  • Vice Chair: Three-year term, 2021-2024 
  • Directors at large (3): Three-year term, 2021-2024 
  • Nominating committee member: Three-year term, 2021-2024

See position descriptions by scrolling down below.  Send your nominations to brandy.schwarz@unthsc.edu by February 15, 2021.

Meet the NIPEC Leadership Team

NIPEC Leadership and Board Member Information

NIPEC Leadership Team





   Nominating Committee

   NIPEC Website 

   ACAPT Liaison

   APTA Liaison



Leadership Team Positions

The ACAPT National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC) holds elections in the spring-summer during the ACAPT election cycle.  If you are a member of NIPEC, you are registered to vote. If you have not yet joined NIPEC, do so now by clicking on the "Request to Join" box above. As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

Persons elected to a leadership position are expected to attend the annual ACAPT Education Leadership Conference where the NIPEC annual business meeting will be held, in addition to monthly teleconferences.

NIPEC Leadership Positions and Description of Responsibilities

The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Consortium and shall be an Exofficio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. S/he shall be the designated liaison to the ACAPT Board of Directors unless otherwise determined by the NIPEC Board of Directors. The Chairperson will assure currency of essential information on the ACAPT NIPEC Website and attend the ACAPT annual meeting.

Vice Chair:
The Vice Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson at the request of the Chairperson or in the absence or incapacitation of the Chairperson and oversee NIPEC ad hoc committees as a voting committee member.  The Vice Chair shall serve as the Parliamentarian during the Annual and Special meetings. The Vice Chair shall represent the NIPEC related to any Program Planning responsibilities for ELC. 

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all NIPEC and Board meetings; notify NIPEC members of the date, time, and place of NIPEC meetings; maintain the NIPEC’s archives and correspondence; and make NIPEC’s minutes and rules and regulations available to the membership and to ACAPT’s executive office. 

Nominating Committee Member:
The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members.  Those eligible to serve are NIPEC members elected by the membership for three (3) year terms, with one (1) member being elected each year.  The senior member of the committee shall serve as Committee Chair for the last year of his/her term.

The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of one (1) or more names for each office to be filled.  The slate (i.e. list of candidates) shall be published on the NIPEC website and distributed to the membership prior to the election.  The Nominating Chair will provide the slate, together with the information on each candidate, at least 30 days in advance of the election.


Chair will provide the slate, together with the information on each candidate, at least 30 days in advance of the election The Directors at Large shall serve on the Board of Directors to provide broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a liaison where assigned and perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Consortium.

NIPEC's annual membership meeting took place on October 16, 2020.

Other upcoming conferences

  • APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) - February 24-27, 2021
  • National Academies of Practice (NAP) Forum  - March 18-20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
  • CAB VIII - October 17, 2022 in Quebec, QC

Please see IPE resources here for a list of organizations that hold regular conferences and workshops for the most up-to-date information.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)



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One of NIPEC's primary initiatives is to connect people and institutions in an effort to further develop interprofessional education and practice. Please use this list to find partners in IPE and collaborative practice and to connect with others who may provide invaluable resources.

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