TeamSTEPPS® 3.0 Fundamentals Course: An Interprofessional Training

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

TeamSTEPPS® 3.0 Fundamentals Course: An Interprofessional Training

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

1/29/2017 - 6/10/2025

Criteria for Registering the IPE Experience

  • Involvement of two or more professions.
  • Opportunities to learn about, from, and with one another.
  • Significant interactivity between participants.
  • Teaching and/or learning about interprofessional practice and education is intentionally integrated into the activity. Interprofessional practice and education constructs are targeted with IPE learning objectives are also discussed, trained, reviewed, and/or assessed as part of the learning activity.

Type of IPE Experience

  • Team-building event
  • TeamSTEPPS® training within an interprofessional environment

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Communication: Communicate in a responsive, responsible, respectful, and compassionate manner with team members.
  • Teams and Teamwork: Apply values and principles of the science of teamwork to adapt one's own role in a variety of team settings.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

  • Improving patient and/or population health outcomes
  • Enhancing the experience of care

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have developed TeamSTEPPS, a teamwork system that offers a powerful solution to improving collaboration and communication within institutions. Teamwork has been found to be one of the key initiatives within patient safety that can transform the culture within health care. Patient safety experts agree that communication and other teamwork skills are essential to the delivery of quality health care and to preventing and mitigating medical errors and patient injury and harm. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based program aimed at optimizing performance among teams of health care professionals, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise. This curriculum was developed by a panel of experts, incorporating more than 25 years of scientific research that has been conducted on teams and team performance. TeamSTEPPS is a highly interactive interprofessional experience designed to enhance team dynamics with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and outcomes.

Fundamental Modules of TeamSTEPPS include:
Team Structure
Leading Teams
Situational Monitoring
Mutual Support
Implementation and putting it all together

Students participating in TeamSTEPPS 3.0 Fundamental training will gain knowledge and skills to:
1. describe the impact of medical error and the importance of communication and teamwork in error prevention.
2. recognize barriers to effective teamwork and identifying team structure to include the role of the patient.
3. describe how communication affects team processes and outcomes identifying skills of SBAR, call-out, check-back, and handoff.
4. describe the tools for leading teams, including briefs, huddles, and debriefs.
5. understand how a shared mental model affects team effectiveness.
6. describe how mutual support affects team processes and outcomes and identify skills of feedback, assertiveness, 2-challenge rule, and CUS.

Level of IPE Integration

  • 2. Immersion Level: Consists of development learning activities that provide learners with the opportunity to learn about, with, and from other professional learners in an active learning situation where they are applying learning during the activity. The desired outcome for activities offered at the immersion level is that learners will develop critical thinking skills as part of an interprofessional view that incorporates multiple perspectives and acknowledges and encourages diversity in providing quality health and human services.

Attendance or Participation in the IPE Experience

  • Voluntary basis
  • Certificate credit
  • Portfolio credit
  • TeamSTEPPS Training Certificate

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 01. Annually
  • TeamSTEPPS Training occurs across the AY depending on the curriculum of the students participating in the training.

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 03. 4 to 5 hours
  • TeamSTEPPS training is a 4 hour course that can be broken down into sections based on student schedules.

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Abilene
  • Amarillo
  • Dallas
  • Lubbock
  • Midland
  • Odessa

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 01. up to 50
  • 02. 51 to 100
  • 03. 101 to 150
  • 04. 151 to 200
  • 05. 201 to 300
  • 06. 301 to 400
  • 07. 401 to 750
  • Course size varies by professions trained.

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

  • Biomedical Sciences, PhD
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences, PhD
  • Biomedical Sciences, MS
  • Biotechnology, MS
  • Graduate Medical Sciences, MS
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MS

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Athletic Training, MAT
  • Audiology, AuD
  • Healthcare Management, BS
  • Medical Laboratory Science, BS
  • Rehabilitation Science, PhD
  • Healthcare Administration, MS
  • Molecular Pathology, MS
  • Physical Therapy, DPT
  • Rehabilitation Science, ScD
  • Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, MS
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, BS
  • Speech-Language Pathology, MS
  • Addiction Counseling, MS
  • Medical Laboratory Science (Certificate)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (Second Degree), BS
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Second Degree), BS
  • Occupational Therapy, OTD
  • Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional), OTD-P

School of Medicine Audiences

  • MS 1
  • MS 2
  • MS 3
  • MS 4
  • Residents

School of Nursing Audiences

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate MSN
  • Post-Master’s/Advanced Practice
  • RN to BSN
  • Second Degree BSN
  • Traditional BSN
  • Veteran BSN

School of Pharmacy Audiences

  • P1
  • P2
  • P3
  • P4
  • SOP Residents

School of Population and Public Health Audiences

  • Public Health, MPH Traditional
  • Public Health, MPH Online


IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE07. Practice trust, empathy, respect, and compassion with persons, caregivers, health professionals, and populations.
  • VE08. Apply high standards of ethical conduct and quality in contributions to team-based care.
  • VE11. Support a workplace where differences are respected, career satisfaction is supported, and wellbeing is prioritized.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • RR01. Include the full scope of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of team members to provide care that is person-centered, safe, cost-effective, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  • RR04. Differentiate each team member’s role, scope of practice, and responsibility in promoting health outcomes.
  • RR05. Practice cultural humility in interprofessional teamwork.


  • C02. Use communication tools, techniques, and technologies to enhance team function, well-being, and health outcomes.
  • C06. Use constructive feedback to connect, align, and accomplish team goals.
  • C05. Practice active listening that encourages ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • C07. Examine one’s position, power, role, unique experience, expertise, and culture towards improving communication and managing conflicts.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT04. Use shared leadership practices to support team effectiveness.
  • TT01. Describe evidence-informed processes of team development and team practices.
  • TT06. Reflect on self and team performance to inform and improve team effectiveness.
  • TT07. Share team accountability for outcomes.
  • TT03. Practice team reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • TT02. Appreciate team members’ diverse experiences, expertise, cultures, positions, power, and roles towards improving team function.
  • TT05. Apply interprofessional conflict management methods, including identifying conflict cause and addressing divergent perspectives.
  • TT09. Operate from a shared framework that supports resiliency, well-being, safety, and efficacy.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Attitudinal and/or perceptions survey
  • Knowledge assessment
  • Self-reflection with facilitated debrief

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

TeamSTEPPS assessment protocols.

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from faculty, facilitators, and/or preceptors
  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from learners
  • Facilitated debrief with planning committee

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Integrated into program curriculum
  • TeamSTEPPS is integrated into the curriculum of multiple schools.

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • In-kind contributions

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Facilitators
  • Instructors and/or preceptors
  • Trainers and facilitators.

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • Office of Interprofessional Education
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy

Contact Person(s) and Contact Information for the IPE Experience

Michelle Kiser, Ed.D.
Assistant Managing Director
Office of Interprofessional Education
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th St | STOP 6231 | Lubbock, TX 79430-6231
806-743-9190 |