USD Nursing Chair Leading Statewide Interprofessional Health Care Group

Carla Dieter, Ed.D, R.N., FNP-BC, chair of Nursing at the University of South Dakota, is serving as chair of the South Dakota Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative, a statewide group advancing the implementation of interprofessional health care practice and education.

Representatives from medical institutions, higher education and government agencies across South Dakota are participating in the ground-breaking collaborative. Interprofessional approaches to health care blend decision-making partnerships between teams of health and human service providers to better serve patients, families and communities. This concept is now viewed as the most effective approach to delivering health care services, and efforts to increase knowledge about and utilization of interprofessional applications are underway across the country.

Dieter’s group works closely with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education based at the University of Minnesota and is serving as the catalyst for interprofessional development in South Dakota.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News