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Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research

Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER)

Better Care Through Collaboration

Collaboration among healthcare professionals is key to delivering better care to improve the patient experience. The Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) is the catalyst for interprofessional education and practice for Creighton University and CHI Health, our primary academic health partner. CIPER is part of the Nexus Innovations Network supported by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.


Interprofessional Education

This innovative enterprise, one of the first in the nation, ensures students in Creighton’s health sciences programs receive an interprofessional education that prepares them to collaborate and share knowledge with other healthcare professionals in their future careers. Our IPE courses and tools are also made available to educators, clinicians and students outside Creighton.

Creighton IPE Courses and Resources

The Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research provides IPE tools and resources as well as IPE and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) courses for clinicians, faculty and students of the Creighton community.

Vision Statement

Cultivate leaders who act as moral agents and transform health care and promote health through intentional interprofessional collaboration.


Grounded in the principles of social justice, CIPER is a catalyst for interprofessional education, research, and collaborative care with excellent educational programs, cutting edge scholarship, and optimal clinical outcomes to promote health for all.

This was a highlight of my experience thus far as a Creighton trained medical professional. The effective communication and teamwork shown across a variety of disciplines showed me what it means to work inter professionally.
— 2022 School of Medicine Student

CIPER Omaha Team

CIPER Omaha Team Photo 2022

From left to right - back row: Jennifer Jessen, Gail Jensen, Amy Lounsberry, Kim Begley, Tom Lenz

From left to right - front row: Jennifer Brady, Sharene Sterling, Andrea Thinnes, Kate Martens Stricklett, Joan Lappe

Not pictured from the CIPER Team: Kimberly Beran-Shepler, Amy McGaha, Kathryn Onorato, and Scott Shipman

CIPER Phoenix Team

Ciper Group Photo PHX 2022

From left to right: Wendi Carlton, MD; Emily Richards, Jennifer Feirstein, MSPAS, Kimberly Somers, DPT