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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Overview


Welcome to the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) page. On this page, you will find the resources you need to complete the DNP doctoral project.

Doctor of Nursing Program Capstone Resources


Welcome to the DNP Project Website, your one-stop shop for all your DNP Project resources. Below is a step-by-step guide to completing your project, including links to the resources you’ll need along the way. The project process is collaborative and iterative, and we recommend reviewing the steps below when you begin the DNP program. Bookmark this page as well, so you can refer back to it often.


Step-by-Step Process to Completing your DNP Project

Step 1: Review DNP Project Process Guide before starting your first course

Step 2: Start NURS 8110: Scientific Foundations for Nursing

  • Develop PICO question and/or problem statement
  • Review project process manual
  • Always keep your project at the forefront of your work in the class; plan for the end at the beginning.

Step 3: Nominate Chair in Week 6 of NURS 8110

  • Include three faculty members as options and  your topic and your problem statement
  • Add your prospectus draft (if available)


Step 4: Review the DNP Project Prospectus Guide, Rubric, & Template

Step 5: Register and work in your NURS 8700: DNP Project Mentoring classroom

  • Start working with your chair on project prospectus while completing your other coursework, practicum, and field experience (if applicable)
  • Post your quarter plans and drafts in your NURS 8700 classroom every week that you complete revisions
  • Use the Writing Center Resources (Grammarly, webinars, paper reviews, etc.):

Step 6: Work your chair when you’re ready to submit your final draft of your prospectus into MyDR

Step 7: After prospectus approval, repeat steps 5 and 6 to complete your proposal.

  • Review Oral Defense Information & Request Forms when you get closer to completing your final draft of your proposal

Step 8: Prepare for and present your Oral Defense of your proposal

Step 9: Once the chair has uploaded your proposal for URR review in MyDR, you can start the ethics review process with IRB by completing Form A

·         Your chair will be automatically copied. Your chair does not need to review Form A in advance.

·         You will receive an emailed set of “next steps” from IRB within 10 business days. To prevent delays, please copy your chair on all correspondence with IRB.

Step 10:  Conduct study or project and collect data.

Step 11:  Complete sections 4 and 5 with your chair’s feedback.

  • Review feedback and revise as needed, using the DNP Project Checklist.
  • DNP Project Checklist.
  • Use the Writing Center Resources (Grammarly, webinars, paper reviews, etc.):
  • Work with your chair to submit final drafts through MyDR.

Step 12: After your final paper is approved by your committee, complete the Form & Style process.

  • F&S resources:
  • Remember to check for any feedback and revisions from Form & Style.
  • Complete all recommended editing changes and provide clean edited copy to the chair to review before uploading to the final committee rubric analysis.


Step 13: Schedule, prepare for, and attend the Final Oral Defense

  • Revise as needed.

Step 14: Submit the final project final paper with abstract to chair, member, and URR.

  • Once approved by the entire committee, the URR will upload for CAO approval.

Step 15: CAO provides feedback and requests for revision or approves.

Abstract Resources

  • Student completes revisions and resubmits as needed.

Step 16: Submit approved study for publication in ProQuest/UMI, using instructions provided.