Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice

The Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice course is a University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) interprofessional course for new entry-to-practice students attending UMB schools.

The course is required for entry-into-nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader master’s students.

What is it?

The Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice is a no-charge, non-credit, pass/fail course required for graduation. It introduces students from multiple disciplines to concepts such as communication, roles, teamwork, and ethics that will enable diverse disciplines to work collaboratively to enhance patient-, family-, and community-focused health care.

Why are you required to complete this?

In 2009, in response to the rising complexities seen today across all sectors of health care, the national associations for schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health formed the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) to promote and encourage interprofessional learning experiences for health profession students.

IPEC instituted the following four Core Competency Domains for health profession students:

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams  and Teamwork

The University of Maryland Baltimore is committed to providing its students with the skills to practice collaboratively. Collaboration among professions is critical to providing safe, high-quality, accessible, person-centered care and improved population health outcomes.

More information about the domains and additional resources.

How will you complete the requirement?

4 Modules, All Online

Students complete four interprofessional learning experiences over two semesters with other UMB disciplines (medicine, pharmacy, dental hygiene, and physical therapy).




Nos. 1 and 2 fall semester all online via BlackBoard
Nos. 3 and 4 spring semester

The dates and times will be emailed to you.


How does scheduling work?

Fall Admits: All fall-admitted students begin the course with Modules 1 and 2 in the semester they enter.

  • For BSN students, Modules 1 and 2 are completed in NURS 349.
  • For CNL students, Modules 1 and 2 are completed in NURS 507.

Spring Admits: All spring-admitted students begin with Modules 3 and 4 during the spring semester and complete Modules 1 and 2 during the following fall semester.

  • For BSN students, Modules 3 and 4 are completed in NURS 356.
  • For CNL students, Modules 3 and 4 are completed in NURS 514.

Where will completion of this requirement be documented?

Once the IPE course is completed successfully (both semesters are required), it will be indicated on your transcript.