Interprofessional Assistive Technology Seminar (IATS): A Set of Interprofessional Workshops

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

Interprofessional Assistive Technology Seminar (IATS): A Set of Interprofessional Workshops

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

6/16/2017 - 2/19/2025

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

  • Didactic learning
  • Workshop, interactive demo, or small group activity

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Roles and Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and team members’ expertise to address individual and population health outcomes.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

  • Improving patient and/or population health outcomes

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

The Interprofessional Assistive Technology Seminar (IATS) implements an interprofessional teaching team, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, assistive technology professionals, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists to bring hands-on clinical training to interprofessional teams of doctor of physical therapy students and masters of occupational therapy students. The teams of physical therapy and occupational students will attend seminar break-out sessions focused on: power wheelchair and drive options, gait trainers and standers, seating systems, manual wheelchairs, assistive technology (AT) that aids manipulation, augmentative and alternative communication, and assistive technology that aids in hearing and communication for adult and pediatric patient populations. There will be a total of seven 45 minute breakout sessions with case-based learning scenarios, wherein interprofessional student teams will apply content information to patient-centered care in a collaborative care environment. Occupational therapy and physical therapy students will be randomly assigned to interprofessional teams and will rotate through a variety of breakout sessions. IPE will be addressed in the following manner:

1. During the beginning of each breakout sessions, facilitators will define roles/responsibilities of a variety of health professionals related to the assistive technology during that session. At the conclusion of each breakout session facilitators will address the need for teamwork and communication across health care professionals dealing with the assistive technology.
2. At the end of the seminar, all students will participate in an interprofessional debrief session to recap content and IPE learning objectives for the seminiar. In addition, a time of facilitator led discussion on how interprofessional communication is needed when implementing assistive technology in a collaborative care environment.
3. Following the event, a student survey for PT and OT students will be given to assess interprofessional practice and education related to the IATS.

Detailed description of breakout sessions:
1. Assistive Technology (AT) Demos: NMES for swallowing, sEMG for swallowing, AT for hearing loss, AT for fine motor impairments, gait trainers, AAC devices, driving adaptions and lifts, manual wheelchairs. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes to through these learning opportunities.
2. Permobil: TiLite manual wheelchairs, Roho cushions, and Permobil power wheel chairs. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes in this section.
3. Easystand standers, seating systems, manual wheelchairs, and AT for ADL's. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes in this section.
4. Sunrise Medical: Power and manual wheelchairs by Quickie, and seating systems by Jay products. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes in this section.
5. Invacare: Seating systems and manual chairs. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes in this section.
6. Pride Mobility: Power wheel chairs and driving options for chairs. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes in this section.
7. Applications of AT demos: Four Assitive Technology Professionals will demonstrate seating systems, pressure relief mapping assessments, and manual wheel chairs. Each interprofessional team will have 45 minutes in this section.

Level of IPE Integration

  • 1. Foundations Level: Consists of introductory learning activities that provide learners with the opportunity to interact and learn from professionals and peers from disciplines beyond their own. The desired outcome for activities offered at this level is that learners will gain a deeper understanding of their profession while gaining an appreciation for the perspective and roles of other professions.

Attendance or Participation in the IPE Experience

  • Certificate credit

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 01. Annually
  • One time only in summer every year.

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 04. 6 to 7 hours
  • IATS is 5-6 hours depending on the year. The day starts at 9:45 with an introduction. Then students go through 5-7 breakouts sessions with teaching facilitators. At the end of the day at 3:45 a wrap up and review of learning outcomes met.

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Lubbock

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 03. 101 to 150
  • 115 students and then they will break up in 16-17 per seven groups for breakout sessions.

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Physical Therapy, DPT
  • Occupational Therapy, OTD

School of Medicine Audiences

School of Nursing Audiences

School of Pharmacy Audiences

School of Population and Public Health Audiences


IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE08. Apply high standards of ethical conduct and quality in contributions to team-based care.
  • VE09. Maintain competence in one’s own profession in order to contribute to interprofessional care.
  • VE06. Collaborate with honesty and integrity while striving for health equity and improvements in health outcomes.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • RR03. Incorporate complementary expertise to meet health needs including the determinants of health.
  • 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.


  • C02. Use communication tools, techniques, and technologies to enhance team function, well-being, and health outcomes.
  • C05. Practice active listening that encourages ideas and opinions of other team members.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT01. Describe evidence-informed processes of team development and team practices.
  • TT05. Apply interprofessional conflict management methods, including identifying conflict cause and addressing divergent perspectives.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Attitudinal and/or perceptions survey

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

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

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Dedicated personnel
  • Integrated into program curriculum
  • The SHP, and the Office of Inter-professional Education is committed to continuing the IATS every year. This IPE event offers a unique way to have health professional students to learn about assistive technology across multiple disciplines.

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • Decentralized school or program funding

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Leadership team members
  • Planning committee members
  • Doug Dendy will coordinate event.

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • School of Health Professions

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

Doug Dendy 806-743-3236,