The Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana has achieved Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education on its first attempt, according to Dr. M. Jane Swartz, Center director. Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve health outcomes.
USI’s continuing education programs and conferences have always been accredited through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and specific health professions’ commissions, but earning the distinction of “joint accreditation” puts the university in an elite group and better reflects USI’s commitment to interprofessional education.
“We are one of only 64 institutions – both healthcare and educational organizations – in the nation which hold joint accreditation,” said Swartz. “Joint Accreditation is the leader in interprofessional collaborative practice, so now that we are jointly accredited, we have the opportunity to provide medical, nursing, pharmacy and health profession continuing education for the health care team through a single, streamlined application process.”
Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, said the new accreditation is a “testament to excellent interprofessional continuing education offerings and the hard work and expertise” of the Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning.
For a list of organizations jointly accredited to provide continuing education for the health care team, visit http://www.jointaccreditation.org/accredited-providers