Accelerated MSN students during a clinical rotation at UCMC

Interprofessional Collaboration

Interprofessional education emphasizes a collaborative approach to develop health care students as team members, resulting in improved outcomes for patients. Our close proximity to UC's health colleges and several acclaimed hospitals gives nursing students unique opportunities to collaborate with other health professionals.

Four of the University of Cincinnati'€™s 14 colleges comprise what'€™s known as the UC Academic Health Center. The College of Allied Health Science, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy are dynamic centers of education and research and serve as the foundation for training exceptional patient care providers across a range of health fields and specialties.

Nationwide, the relationship between Academic Health Centers and colleges of nursing is becoming increasingly important as health professionals’ respective roles change to meet current health care needs, both nationally and globally. Nurses provide 90% of all health care services worldwide and their evolving roles — including their increasing responsibilities as primary care providers – make our relationship with UC’s Academic Health Center even more relevant.

UC College of Nursing has seized opportunities both within our Academic Health Center and across the university to have nursing students work in unison with other professions to improve health outcomes and create new learning opportunities. This synergy enables our students' growth and helps us prepare nurse leaders of the future.

Here are some of the ways we're collaborating across the university.

Interprofessional Degree Programs

Offered in partnership with the College of Pharmacy, this program allows students currently enrolled in PharmD and advanced-practice nursing degree programs the opportunity to focus their required coursework, professional development and real-world learning experiences on acquiring the evidence-based skills needed to expertly care for underserved populations and advance health care equality. Learn more.

A collaborative effort with the College of Medicine, this program immerses students in telehealth formats and teaches the business and operational aspects needed to provide telehealth services. Learn more.

This unique interdisciplinary undergraduate program pulls together expertise from seven of UC's colleges, representing a range of public health and social sciences. Offered as a major or minor, the program focuses on key aspects of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, communities and individuals. Learn more.

Design + Nursing Collaborative

The Design + Nursing Collaborative started in 2008 and runs every other academic year. This partnership with the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) allows accelerated master's in nursing students to collaborate in teams with industrial design students to solve real-world problems by creating new health-related products or processes. The most recent session focused solutions on lasting issues caused by COVID-19.

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