Practice Doctorate Project/Capstone
Practice doctorate projects are systematic investigations of questions about practice and therapies that evaluate and/or translate all forms of evidence into practice. Each student collaborates with an agency to address a real-world clinical problem or health issue. Most often, a student will be engaged in only one phase or step of translating evidence into practice.
Examples of capstone projects include:
- appraising evidence and making recommendations of adapting clinical guidelines to the unique population or characteristics of a specific clinic
- disseminating the latest evidence by training staff
- completion of a needs assessment
- implementing changes
- evaluating the impact of a change in practice or new protocol
- program evaluation
Every DNP student is required to complete a capstone project.
Completed Capstone Projects
You may view a list of past capstone projects that graduates from the UW DNP program have completed.
DNP 1.0 Students (Pre-Autumn 2013 Start)
A minimum of 12 credits of NMETH 801: Practice Doctorate Project/Capstone is required. Implementation of the capstone project may begin after written approval by the supervisory committee.
- Steps for Practice Doctorate Capstone Project Completion for DNP 1.0 Students
- With approval of the supervisory committee, you may register for 2 credits of NMETH 801 in the quarter of preparation and presentation of the capstone proposal. If you wish to take additional credits of NMETH 801 for proposal preparation, supervisory committee permission is required.
DNP 2.0 Students (Autumn 2013 Start and Later)
DNP Practice Doctorate Capstones require 6 credits of NMETH 801: Practice Doctorate Project/Capstone and 9 credits of NCLIN 801 Practice Doctorate Clinical Immersion (total 15 credits). You complete 3 credits of NMETH 801 each in autumn and winter quarters and NCLIN 801 in winter quarter only.