Practice Doctorate Capstone Projects

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 aspect of translating evidence into practice.

Examples of capstone projects include, but are not limited to:

  • appraising evidence and making recommendations of adapting clinical guidelines to the unique population or characteristics of a specific clinic or community
  • disseminating the latest evidence by training staff/community members
  • completion of a needs assessment
  • implementing changes in practice/organizational workflow or policies
  • evaluating the impact of a change in practice or new protocol
  • program development or evaluation
  • policy development or evaluation

Every DNP student is required to complete a capstone project.


DNP 2.0 Students (Autumn 2013 Start and Later)

The DNP Practice Doctorate Capstone experience requires 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.

DNP 1.0 Students (Pre-Autumn 2013 Start)

A minimum of 12 credits of Capstone credits are required. For students completing through Summer 2015, these will be 12 credits of NMETH 801: Practice Doctorate Project/Capstone. For those DNP 1.0 students completing their capstone in fall 2015 or winter/spring 2016, a combination of 12 or more NMETH 801 and NMETH 600 credits are required. Implementation of the capstone project may begin after written approval by the supervisory committee.