Inter-Professional & Intra-Professional Education

The goal of the Interprofessional education program is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for collaborative Interprofessional practice. The working definition of Interprofessional Education (IPE) is “when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” IPE involves interactive learning focused on active collaboration.

The IPE program addresses four core competencies for Interprofessional collaborative practice at the exposure, immersion, and competence levels of learning:

  1. Values/ethics for Interprofessional practice
  2. Roles/responsibilities
  3. Interprofessional communication
  4. Teams/teamwork

IPE Activities

April 13, 2017

Making Connections: Interprofessional Students Working Together!

Occupational therapy students participated in the Developmental Outreach Clinic, Teaching and Learning Clinic (TLC) at UCA as part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. The purpose of the TLC Clinic is to provide interprofessional evaluation and follow-up of children, ages 6 months – 5 years, in families who have limited access to specialized services. Disciplines include occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education, speech language pathology, audiology, nutrition, physician, and nursing. All disciplines share their findings and recommendations to the family. Samantha Phillips and Lindsay Hobson are the 2017 OT LEND trainees.

April 12, 2017

UCA OT Students Step Forward as Leaders in Assistive Technology!

10 students volunteered to learn about Assistive Technology (AT) so they could teach small groups of Occupational Therapy Assistant Students visiting our campus from the Arkansas Tech University, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (Ozark Campus).

 The small-group teaching and learning demonstrations occurred at the UCA Occupational Therapy House on April 11, 2017. AT in five domains were presented including: Communication, Hearing, Vision, Computer Access, and Environmental Activities of Daily Living! Awesome job OT students!!! The OTA students did a great job sharing what they knew about AT and interacted with AT in each domain! Mutually beneficial experiences like these prepare OT and OTA students for their future collaboration! Way to Go!
February 2017
Interprofessional learning going on!  Way to go!  
Faculty and students from Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, and Psychology and Counseling departments are working to help local students, grades 3-6, improve their reading skills. The 10 week intervention includes individual reading instruction and small group psychoeducational training in brain plasticity; all with the assistance of Nibs, the Occupational Therapy Program Facility Dog. The group meets on Wednesday evenings at the Speech Language Hearing Center on UCA’s campus.  If you are interested in this project or future interprofessional collaboration and training, contact Tracey Zeiner, Lavona Traywick, Sunjung Kim, and/or Heather Martens.