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Programs: DNP Doctoral Project

DNP Doctoral Project Resources


DNP Doctoral Project Template (APA 6)
This template is for students finishing doctoral capstone studies by December 31, 2020, and who have decided to continue with APA 6 as a style guide with faculty approval.

To prepare for the form and style review, we recommend using the following checklist, which is the same checklist we use when we review capstone manuscripts and the checklist we return to the student and committee along with the completed review.


Form and Style Review Checklist (APA 6)
This checklist is for students finishing doctoral capstone studies by December 31, 2020, and who have decided to continue with APA 6 as a style guide with faculty approval.

About the DNP Doctoral Project

A DNP doctoral project is a formal manuscript written to address a problem in nursing practice. Walden DNP doctoral projects consist of five sections.

You can access the Center for Research Quality's Doctoral Capstone and Project Resources for information on the process, checklists, and rubrics for the capstone project, and you can also access samples of published dissertations through the Walden Library. If you have writing or APA questions for the proposal or final capstone project, contact

APA 7 Doctoral Capstone Templates Now Available

APA 7 templates are now available for all doctoral capstones. If you have already been writing in an APA 6 template, please see the Grace Period update on the APA 7 Transition page to learn whether you have the option to continue using APA 6 format as you complete your capstone document.

If you would like to update an existing capstone document created with the APA 6 template to meet APA 7 rules, use the cheat sheet below to learn how to adapt the APA 6 template to APA 7. Alternatively, you can cut and paste your text into the new APA 7 template.

Using the Doctoral Capstone Template

Walden editors are currently revising and updating the template instructional video.

Please review the 2019 Capstone Writing Clinic presentation, Using the Capstone Template.

In this video, form and style editors Dr. Joe Gredler, Carey Little Brown, and, Sam Herrington demonstrate and discuss how to use the Walden capstone templates.

The opening and introduction in this recording, about the first 20 minutes, covers

  • introduction to the template document and editing resources,
  • capstone formatting expectations and resources, and
  • where to locate and download the templates.

The second portion of this recording, from about 20 minutes in (until the end), includes a visual demonstration of using the actual template in MS Word, including

  • contents of the template,
  • formatting embedded in the document and how to use it,
    • Including page breaks, section breaks, and the pilcrow,
  • tagging headings and updating the Table of Contents,
  • reference list formatting,
  • editor responses to student questions, and
  • general discussions of best practices for using the template and ensuring Walden and ProQuest formatting requirements are met.

In addition, Walden editors suggest students review the SMRTguides on document formatting and Correcting Common Errors in the Capstone Template Table of Contents.