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Capstone advisors are assigned to doctoral students by faculty based on the area of expertise, methodology and availability. Once the assignment is made, the capstone advisor assumes primary responsibility for supervising the student throughout the entire capstone process, although assignments related to the capstone project may be integrated into coursework and submitted to the course instructor as outlined in the capstone timeline. If a student experiences difficulty with the advising assignment and wishes to request a change in capstone advisor, the student is required to submit a formal letter to the DNP Director describing the reasons a change in advisor is being requested. If a change in advisor is granted, the student will be assigned to a committee of faculty to oversee completion of the project.
The BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP student may not enroll in NURS 9620 unless the student has submitted the capstone proposal to the RMU IRB or the IRB at the agency where the project is being conducted. If a student has not submitted to IRB by the start of the semester in which the student is registered for NURS 9620 the student must withdraw.
BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP graduation requires completion of an advisor approved capstone project manuscript and oral presentation to the faculty in adherence with the capstone timeline and requirements for NURS 9620.
If the capstone project is not completed before graduation:
Failure to complete the requirements for NURS 9620 will result in an Incomplete (I) grade in NURS 9620. Thirty days prior to graduation, students who do not anticipate completion must submit a formal, written request for participation in in the graduation ceremony. A determination will be made by the Progression Committee. No student will be permitted to participate in graduation ceremony activities unless he/she has orally presented the capstone project to the faculty. All students are expected to complete the final manuscript within one semester after presenting the project and will be required to register for one credit directed study per semester under the direction of the capstone advisor until the manuscript is completed.
Capstone Timeline - BSN - DNP
8020 (Research and Theory)
potential area of interest
a preliminary literature review
- Begin to
consider type of project
project (with special permission)
Nurs 8150 (Integrating
Research into Practice)
1. Complete written Literature Review
2. Submit draft of project proposal –to include:
Background for Project
Specific Aim and
Projected Outcomes for Project
____design of project
____site for project
____sample or participants
September: DNP faculty and course
instructors will meet to assign Capstone advisees
contact advisors to schedule an appointment before October 30.
present a One page project summary
and graded paper from NURS 8150 to their advisor by October 30.
Capstone advisors will meet as a group with
Statistician to review student proposals and examine methodologies.
Course instructors and DNP faculty
Nurs 8140 (EBP and Advanced
Overview for faculty
IRB Proposal/ IRB
Identify measurement tool (based on
b. Determine data analysis plan
IRB to be
submitted by last day of spring semester
Capstone advisor and course instructors
Course instructor and capstone advisor
Course instructor, advisor and
NURS9130 (Evidence-Based Practice and Information
project and collect data
data into spreadsheet (Excel or data base of choice)
analysis of data (December-January)
Capstone advisor and statistician
NURS 9620 (Applying EBP in Health Care
- Identify potential journal for publication
abstract for professional presentation(NURS 9620)
- Data analysis should be completed on or before March 10.
4. Final draft of manuscript should be submitted to
adviser on or before March 20.
5. Complete manuscript
for publication adhering
front sheet signed
by adviser on or before April 10.
Powerpoint to adviser on or before April 20.
7. Final Powerpoint to adviser on or before April
8. First week of May-complete Powerpoint
**Capstone advisors are expected to get back
to students within 2 weeks of submission.
If this does not occur, student should contact the DNP Director.
9620 course instructor and capstone
CAPSTONE ADVISOR MUST sign final
approval of Capstone Project and PowerPoint presentation prior to the
Capstone Advisors Guidelines/ Responsibilities
- Participation in
capstone review September Year 3 (tentative capstone assignments)
- Formal capstone
advisor assignments finalized Fall Year 3
will submit one page executive summary of project by October 30 –Year 3
- Capstone advisor and
student will meet as needed
advisor and course instructors for NURS 8140 EBP and the Advanced
Practice Role will work together to approve the measurement instrument
proposal to be completed and approved by capstone advisor by last day of Spring
Term Year 3
- Fall/Spring Year 4 -Capstone advisor will review
student data and work with student
on general plan for manuscript/potential journal
and statistician support as referred by capstone advisor
- Spring Year 4-
Capstone manuscript and PowerPoint sign off by April 20
- Guidance of student/
assurance of appropriate academic rigor and adherence to standards
feedback in a timely manner
- Identification and
notification to GCC/Capstone committee of students who fail to meet