Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competencies

The core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice were released in 2011 and updated in 2016 (IPEC, 2016). These competencies were developed by an expert panel, sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, which included representatives from six different professional education organizations.

One of the first steps needed to implement the core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice is to ensure that faculty, preceptors and students are all on the same page by being aware of these competencies. To see the specific competencies listed for each of the core competency domains presented below, click on the IPEC link at the bottom of the page.

There will be a series of short videos developed that will introduce each of the four competency domains described below. These videos will be accessible from this web page once they are available.


Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice:

"Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values" (IPEC, 2016. pp. 11).

Based on the common goal of providing high quality, patient-centered health care, demonstrate mutual respect, trust, integrity, high standards of ethics while valuing differences when working with members of other health professions.



"Use the knowledge of one's own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients and populations served" (IPEC, 2016, pp. 12).

Understand the roles and responsibilities of the different health care professionals on the team in providing safe, efficient, and effective patient-centered health care that optimizes outcomes.


Interprofessional Communication:

"Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease" (IPEC, 2016, pp. 13).

Communicate effectively with patients, families and other health professionals by responding respectfully, listening actively, and seeking common understanding.


Teams and Teamwork:

"Apply relationship-building values and principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable" (IPEC, 2016, pp. 14).

Demonstrate effective team work by applying principles of team dynamics, process improvement, and conflict management.


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