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DNP Projects

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 health care 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 health care 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)
Professors discussing DNP projects on the Monmouth University campus