Western University of Health Sciences Interprofessional Western University of Health Sciences

Online Collaborative Learning Course


The IPE 6000/6100 interprofessional
education course involves learning in an online team format.  Over 1000 students from California and Oregon
work in learning teams of 5-9 students representing diverse healthcare
professional programs.  Western
University of Health Sciences with campuses in southern California and Oregon partners
with Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University to provide
interprofessional education. Students from osteopathic medicine, optometry,
dental medicine, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy,
nursing, and pharmacy engage in online discussion in a variety of healthcare

The course is divided into modules
allowing the learning team to engage in conversation, expand knowledge and
share experiences on current health related matters. Module topics include
expectations of team members, leadership and collaboration, communication,
ethical and moral dilemmas in healthcare, follow-up and communication in teams,
patient advocacy, and professional responsibilities. 

Learning Objectives 

Upon successful
completion of the course, students will:

  1. Develop enhanced asynchronous communication skills that
    will translate into more concise face-to-face communication skills.
  2. Gain understanding of why collaborative care is important
    within their profession and understand the differences between coordination,
    cooperation and collaboration. (Collaboration)
  3. Discuss the benefits of teamwork and the importance of team
    structure and leaders in healthcare, and describe the roles and
    responsibilities of the members who make up a highly functioning team. (Team
  4. Expand their knowledge of other team members’ scope of
    practice and the responsibilities and capabilities of their own profession
    through team learning activities. (Scope of Practice)
  5. Expand their knowledge of the patient beyond presenting
    conditions with a view towards the “whole organism,” including social,
    spiritual, relational, and environmental influences on health. (One Health /
    Whole Care)

For more information, please contact:

Pat Callard, MSN, RN, CNE

Pat Callard, MSN, DNP(c), RN, CNE, CNL 
Director, Interprofessional Education (IPE), Phase 2
College of Graduate Nursing