Spring 2018


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Laura Halldin

Content Expert

Vivian Johnson


This capstone addresses interprofessional and collaborative learning and aids in answering the following question: What are the benefits and challenges of integrating Interprofessional Education into vascular sonography coursework? Teaching team-based care can be accomplished by integrating Interprofessional Education (IPE), a complementary curriculum that teaches students to collaborate with other health science students, into an already existing health science specific curriculum. The author addresses the need for finding new ways to teach IPE. IPE is typically taught in a half-day or full- day event with students from multiple health disciplines working together in one large room. The author weaves Interprofessional Education curriculum into current vascular sonography lesson plans in a private university setting. By using a backward design approach to curriculum development and case study assignments, this new curriculum cultivates collaborative learning skills while concurrently mastering vascular anatomy, physiology, and pathology. The author examines project limitations in developing IPE curriculum and creates collaborative opportunities between Sonography students and Radiography students, fostering advanced problem-solving and patient care skills. This can improve patient health outcomes when entering the clinical healthcare setting.

Project Type



Adult Education, Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Leadership

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