Arcadia University Collaborates with Salus University for Interprofessional Education Opportunity

By Emily Horowitz | June 2, 2023

Arcadia University and Salus University recently collaborated for an interprofessional education (IPE) opportunity between Arcadia’s Physical Therapy (PT) program and Salus University’s Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Occupational Therapy (OT) programs. 

The program split students from the three programs into approximately 20 groups, with all programs represented in each group. In the groups, students were various patient model examples and discussed treatment methods for the patients involving an interprofessional approach from OTs, PTs, and SLPs. Students worked together to discuss how the different professions could work together towards a common goal of helping the patient recover. 

IPE programs of this nature help improve patient care outcomes, student satisfaction, and allow faculty to bring theories in programmatic practice principles to life through real-world applications, according to Robert Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP, Salus University SLP program director and chair.

Alyson Fowler, physical therapist and IPE coordinator at Arcadia University said, “it is a wonderful opportunity for both Arcadia and Salus University students to work with different disciplines outside of their field, and outside of the programs at their respective universities. We have opportunities to work with Physician Assistant students and Public Health students at Arcadia, but coming to Salus we are able to work with OT and SLP students who are part of the core of rehab departments and teams.”