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DNP Project

Doctoral education, whether practice or research, typically requires that you complete a specific project that demonstrates synthesis of your work and lays the groundwork for future scholarship. Your final DNP project produces a tangible and deliverable academic product focusing on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care.

The final DNP product documents outcomes of the student’s educational experiences, provides a measurable medium for evaluating immersion experiences, and demonstrates the student’s growth in knowledge, expertise, and leadership.

All DNP Projects Should:

  • Focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care.
  • Have a systems (micro-, meso-, or macro- level) or population/aggregate focus.
  • Demonstrate implementation in the appropriate arena or area of practice.
  • Include an evaluation of processes and/or outcomes (formative or summative).
  • DNP Projects should be designed so that processes and/or outcomes will be evaluated to guide practice and policy. Clinical significance is as important in guiding practice as statistical significance is in evaluating research.
  • Provide a foundation for future practice scholarship.

Types of DNP Projects

This list reflects a range of types of DNP projects. This is a sample list and is not exhaustive.

  • Translate research into a practice change
  • Quality improvement (care processes, patient outcomes)
  • Implement and evaluate evidence based practice guidelines
  • Analyze policy: develop, implement, evaluate or revise policy
  • Design and use databases to retrieve information for decision making, planning, evaluation
  • Conduct financial analyses to compare care models and potential cost savings, etc.
  • Implement and evaluate innovative uses of technology to enhance/evaluate care
  • Design and evaluate new models of care
  • Provide leadership of inter-professional and /or intra-professional collaborative projects to implement policy, evaluate care models, transitions, etc.
  • Collaborate with researchers to answer clinical questions
  • Collaborate on legislative change using evidence
  • Work with lay and/or professional coalitions to develop, implement or evaluate health programs (such as health promotion and disease prevention programs for vulnerable patients, groups or communities)
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