DNP final project

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 final 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 final project.

The DNP Project requires 6 credits of NMETH 801: Practice Doctorate Project 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.

Steps for completing a DNP project

Step 1: Review objectives

Review the course objectives for each quarter of NMETH 801.

Step 2: Review school policy for clinical sites

Familiarize yourself with Student and Academic Services Memorandum 41: Students in Clinical Sites.

Step 3: Project matching

As you progress through your didactic and clinical coursework, be mindful of potential projects. Bring these to the attention of the designated track faculty who will explore and examine the pros and cons of possible projects. Faculty will contact agency/agencies to discuss interest in collaborating with the UW School of Nursing on the proposed project.

Note that an Affiliation Agreement (AA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) needs to be in place before any project can start. If one is not already in place, establishment of a new AA or MOU can take up to several months depending on the agency. Faculty will check to see if an Affiliation Agreement exists. If one does not exist, faculty may initiate the process to secure such an AA or MOU.

An Affiliation Agreement (AA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) needs to be in place before you can start. This can take up to 12 months. Check to see if an Affiliation Agreement exists or if a new agreement needs to be negotiated by contacting Jenn Rathe at She will help you determine if the existing agreement needs to be renewed or a new one needs to be negotiated.

Faculty will encourage agencies to complete the DNP Potential Project online form.

Mid-summer – about July – you will receive a menu of approved DNP project opportunities. Review the list and submit your top five choices, along with rationale, using the DNP Final Project Match Request form. Course faculty and designated track faculty will review requests and match students with projects based on available information.

Students will be notified no later than Aug. 15 of DNP project match information and be assigned to an NMETH 801 course section for registration purposes.

Students will be provided with agency contact information at the start of NMETH 801 planning quarter (Autumn).

Step 4: Register and complete planning coursework

Register and complete 3 credits of NMETH 801: Planning in Autumn Quarter. You will successfully complete each of the below activities in order to receive course credit:

  • Written project plan (proposal), which includes the development of a process/workflow map to guide implementation of the project. This requires identification and collaboration with key agency personnel in developing the proposal.
  • Verbal presentation of DNP project plan (Proposal), articulating overarching project and individual goals and the student’s specific role in the project
  • Formulation and execution of statement of mutual agreement with site/community/organization
  • Obtain Human Subjects approval, if indicated.
  • Completion of onboarding activities at the project agency, if required.
  • Supervisory committee evaluates and reviews project with the DNP Project Proposal Rubric.

Step 5: Submit forms to Student and Academic Services

Submit a copy of approved DNP project proposal, committee approval of project form (evaluation rubric), and the DNP Project Proposal Rubric no later than the end of Autumn Quarter to:

  • Betsy Mau at, if in a Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics or Family and Child Nursing track
  • Maria Tong at, if in a Psychosocial and Community Health track

Step 6: Register and complete implementation coursework

Register and complete 3 credits of NMETH 801: Implementation in Winter Quarter.

You will spend this quarter completing the project and working on final products, including a concise written report of project findings and implications to be shared with agency and materials for initial dissemination of project findings.

Step 7: Submit request for final exam

Submit your request for your final exam to the Graduate School online via your MyGrad – Student View page at least two weeks before the exam is scheduled. You will need the date, time, and room of your exam, which will be provided to you at the beginning of the quarter.

Step 8: Final examination with DNP supervisory committee

You will present your project to your committee as the final examination at the end of Winter Quarter. Submit a copy of the final project evaluation, executive summary and project abstract at the end of the quarter to Betsy Mau at

Step 9: Follow up

Express appreciation to the agencies and persons with whom you have collaborated, and provide them with executive summary/report.