Oregon State University College of Pharmacy’s IPE program intentionally connects students from different health professions within our local community to learn how to provide interprofessional collaborative care to patients and their families. Utilizing the Interprofessional Education Collaborative’s (IPEC) Domain of Interprofessional Collaboration, our IPE program focuses on the core competencies of values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teamwork.

The IPE program is integrated across the curriculum, with formal educational programming spanning the P1 and P2 years and practice-oriented experiences through Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).


P1 Year

All P1 students participate in the year-long Fundamentals of Interprofessional Collaboration course (Phar 711), a collaborative course incorporating students from Oregon State's College of Pharmacy, Western University's College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest), and Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC). The first-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students engage with Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students from COMP-Northwest and Nursing and Medical Assistant students from LBCC. The course typically has around 280 students and is organized into five modules, each delivered over three 1.5 hour sessions. Four of the five modules cover a specific disease state or condition along with a specific student skill centered around a full group discussion and the associated student team activities. The final module is a team project designed to specifically address real and current challenges faced by our local community non-profit organizations in accomplishing their mission of service.

Facilitator Free

Roughly two-thirds of the course is independently lead by student co-facilitators responsible for team discussions, guiding group activities, and completing assignments for each session. Teamwork is a core competency of interprofessional collaborative practice. Having students independently lead their own IPE small group activities is an opportunity for young practitioners to build and practice leadership skills in a student team environment.


P2 Year

All P2 students participate in the year-long Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice course (Phar 712) at the Portland campus. The P2 students travel to the Portland campus for opportunities to engage with a wide range of professional health care disciplines. The course has approximately 700 students from 15 different health disciplines, divided into interprofessional teams of 15 students each. The small student groups meet on three occasions during an academic year, for four hours each, as well as complete two independent student team projects. The second-year IPE series focuses on Patient Safety, delivered through a combination of active learning and case discussions. The following programs and schools participate in the course with our P2 pharmacy students:

  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU):
    • School of Dentistry
    • School of Medicine
    • Physician Assistant Program
    • Nutrition MS/dietetics
    • Radiation Therapy Program
    • Medical Physics Program
    • School of Nursing
  • Oregon Tech (OIT) Medical Lab Scientist and Emergency Medical Technician

For more information on the Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice course, please visit the OHSU Interprofessional Education website.

Being Team and Practice-Ready

As students begin their IPPE and APPE rotations, interprofessional collaborative care is a key aspect of all their academic experiences. Our goal is to develop pharmacists that are team- and practice-ready to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to improve individual and population health outcomes.

Other student interprofessional experiences include:

Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic

Campus for Rural Health interprofessional education initiative



For more information about the College's interprofessional education programs, please contact Dr. Susan Morley at susan.morley@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8031 about the first-year program and Dr. David Bearden at beardend@oregonstate.edu for the second-year program.

For evaluation-related data outcomes, contact Dr. Tanya Ostrogorsky at ostrogot@oregonstate.edu or 503-494-6567.