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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR7974
Tracking Number - 5179

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change to title, credit hours, course description, objectives, learning outcomes, topical outline, and texbooks
Comments: For DNP in Nursing. Required. To GC. Apprd 3/6/15; to USF 8/28/15; to SCNS 9/7/15. Approved effective 10/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-01-20
  2. Department: Nursing
  3. College: NR
  4. Budget Account Number: 620100020
  5. Contact Person: Dewel Lindsey
  6. Phone: 8133969978
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: NGR
  9. Number: 7974
  10. Full Title: Doctor of Nursing Practice Project
  11. Credit Hours: 1-3
  12. Section Type: Z - Directed Individual Study
  13. Is the course title variable?: Y
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?:
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): DNP Project
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 25
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: NGR 6803
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course provides for synthesis and application of knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses through the development, implementation, and evaluation of a practice improvement project.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Required course offered each semester
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate in nursing or comparable discipline
  29. Objectives: The content and learning activities in this course are designed to help the student achieve the following objectives:

    1. Specify a practice related problem and/or clinical question which can be addressed through application / translation of evidence

    2. Use analytic methods to critically appraise, synthesize, and evaluate existing literature and evidence to determine the best evidence for practice improvement

    3. Design a practice improvement initiative/project

    4. Implement a practice improvement initiative/project

    5. Evaluate practice or project outcomes against professional standards and/or national benchmarks

    6. Disseminate findings from evidence based practice to improve healthcare outcomes

    7. Develop a Doctor of Nursing Practice academic/professional portfolio

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course students will be able to

    • Demonstrate leadership in the translation of evidence into practice

    • Integrate knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses through the development, implementation, evaluation, and presentation of a practice improvement project based on one or more theoretical or conceptual models or frameworks

    • Develop a comprehensive plan consistent with CON evaluation criteria for the Doctor of Nursing Practice project proposal to guide the implementation and evaluation of the practice improvement project

    • Determine the best evidence for practice or gaps in evidence through critical appraisal, synthesis, and evaluation of existing literature and evidence

    • Develop and submit an application for review/approval/waiver of the evidence based project proposal by the USF Institutional Review Board

    • Apply findings to improve practice, care delivery, and/or health outcomes

    • Collect appropriate data to generate evidence for nursing practice

    • Develop data bases and/or information sets that generate meaningful evidence for practice

    • Analyze data/information to inform, predict, and/or evaluate practice/practice improvements

    • Summarize project results in a scholarly written report consistent with CON evaluation criteria for the Doctor of Nursing Practice project scholarly report

    • Disseminate the results of the Doctor of Nursing Practice project through a formal oral presentation and/or poster presentation consistent with CON evaluation criteria for the Doctor of Nursing Practice project presentation

    • Develop a Doctor of Nursing Practice academic/professional portfolio

    *The Doctor of Nursing Practice project is completed over a minimum of two semesters and in accordance with the guidelines delineated in the DNP Student Handbook. Students may complete an individual project or participate in a multi-phase group project. The specific learning outcomes for each student are developed in collaboration with course faculty and delineated in a Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Learning Agreement each semester. Student learning outcomes are individualized based on the project option selected, the student’s progression in the course, the status of the project, and other relevant variables as determined by course faculty in collaboration with the student.

  31. Major Topics: • Differentiating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and research

    • Fundamentals of translation science

    • Models/conceptual/theoretical frameworks to guide development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence based practice

    • Managing the practice improvement project

    • Project proposal development

    • Problem or practice question specification

    • Critical appraisal of evidence for practice/clinical decision making

    • Evaluating the strength of the evidence

    • Ethical considerations for evidence implementation projects

    • Implementation of evidence in practice/clinical/community settings

    • Practice improvement evaluation strategies

    • Internal and external dissemination of results

    • DNP academic/professional portfolio requirements

  32. Textbooks: American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Retrieved from of Nursing Practice essentials.pdf.

    Dearhold, S.L., & Dang, D. (2012). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: Model and guidelines (2nd ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

    Poe, S.S., & White, K.M. (2010). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: Implementation and translation. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Melnyk, B.M., & Fineout-Overhold, E. (2011). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.

    Graduate level statistics textbook relevant to evidence based practice

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Attendance




  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: DNP
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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