Posted: April 14, 2015

Innovative Tools for Assessing Interprofessional Competencies


Although many schools across the United States are now creating Interprofessional education (IPE) programs, there are very few validated assessment tools for evaluating interprofessional competencies in the classroom and clinical practice settings. Such tools are needed to increase the ability of IPE programs to assess learner outcomes and evaluate program effectiveness. The schools of Medicine and Nursing at UCLA have developed six assessment tools for use in IPE focused on the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice to test students' knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors. These included a video assessment, workplace observation tool, intrinsic association test, knowledge test, Objective Structured Clinical Exam, and 360 degree tool. We then tested the usefulness and feasibility of applying the assessment tools to the evaluation of learning outcomes of an IPE course and interprofessional clinical experiences.


Interprofessional, Population Health, Assessment, Competencies, Public Health Sciences, IPEC Spring 2015


LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Margaret L. Stuber, MD, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Mary Ann Shinnick, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, UCLA School of Nursing

Steve Y. Lee, DDS, UCLA School of Dentistry

Diana Messadi, DDS, UCLA School of Dentistry