Center for Interprofessional Education, Practice, & Scholarship

Rooted in the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, the Center for Interprofessional Education, Practice, and Scholarship collaborates with the community and provides interprofessional educational opportunities to prepare highly competent healthcare professionals who improve health outcomes by excelling in interprofessional service, scholarship, and person-centered practice.

Formerly the CHCI (Center for Healthcare Initiatives), the Center for Interprofessional Education, Practice and Scholarship (CIEPS) is a leader in interprofessional engagement, including, but not limited to, service, scholarship, and education of students, faculty, practitioners, and the community. 


The Center for Interprofessional Education, Practice and Scholarship provides the following learning opportunities to support its objectives:

  1. Develop a shared culture, understanding, and appreciation of Interprofessional Education by faculty, staff, students, and the community
  2. Establish an Interprofessional Education team for the purpose of ongoing evaluation and revision of the IPE curriculum
  3. Integrate Interprofessional Education and Ethics across all learning contexts
  4. Maintain knowledge on the dynamic and evolving best practices for integrating Interprofessional Education
  5. Promote interactive learning for students and faculty
  6. Integrate the values and guiding principles of Interprofessional Education with the Franciscan value system at Briar Cliff University


  • Cultural Conference - An annual continuing education seminar for the health care community that covers a variety of topics related to providing culturally sensitive care.
  • IPEC Day - A day of learning that brings together students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and department of Social Work at Briar Cliff University, along with the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Western Iowa Tech Community College, to work through a patient case study in an Interdisciplinary Team Meeting format.


Meet the Director

Dr. Soren Long Grieve grew up in Des Moines and Sioux City, graduating from East High School. After finishing graduate school in 1997, she worked as a physical therapist at the University of Minnesota hospital before moving back to Sioux City to join the PT department at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Grieve has provided physical therapy for adults of all ages in acute care, skilled care/long term care, acute rehab, home health care, hospice, and outpatient rehab. 

In 2017, Dr. Grieve completed programs through Evidence in Motion and the International Spine and Pain Institute leading to certifications as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist and as a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist. After working for several years as adjunct faculty in the PT program at Briar Cliff, she joined the program as an assistant professor in 2020.

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Participating Departments
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (developing program)
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Kinesiology
  • Health Care Administration
  • Education