DNP Handbook

Decker School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Handbook

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed for individuals seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice. This Decker School of Nursing DNP Handbook was updated in March 2018.

Table of Contents

Goals of the DNP Program

Provide students with the education, experiences and skills to (shown in bold after each goal are end-of-program objectives associated with the goal):

  • Employ high-level consultative and leadership skills with intraprofessional and interprofessional committees to create change in healthcare and complex healthcare delivery systems. II, V, VI, VII

  • Function in an academic culture and organizational structure that supports clinical scholarship for robust experiential-learning opportunities. III, VIII

  • Improve patient care and transformation of healthcare through information systems and technology. III, IV

  • Implement and evaluate a content-sensitive clinical-practice guideline to improve healthcare practice and/or policy outcomes for diverse patient populations, including those who are vulnerable and/or live in rural areas, I, III, IV, V, VIII

  • Complete a DNP project designed to meet the criteria of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, with emphasis in clinical leadership, as well as advocacy for ethical, social and healthcare regulation. III, IV, V, VIII 

Role of the DNP Academic Advisor 

  1. Schedules regular meetings as needed to review the student's academic program of study
  2. Meets with the DNP student as needed regarding program progression and completion of degree requirements
  3. Assists students with resolution of academic dilemmas per University policies
  4. The DNP academic advisor may change when the student selects his/her DNP Scholarly Project Committee and chair in NURS 651

DNP Essentials, Competencies and Program Outcomes 

A task force of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) published Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies in 2011 with revisions in 2016 (NONPF, 2016). This document identifies the entry-level competencies for all nurse practitioners (NPs) completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)/practice doctorate program. These competencies are built on the core and population-focused competencies for NPs (see Appendix A).

The American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) developed the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nurses (AACN, 2006). The Essentials document outlines and defines the eight foundational DNP Essentials and provides some introductory comments on specialty competencies/content. The specialized content, as defined by specialty organizations, complements the areas of core content defined by the DNP Essentials and constitutes the major component of DNP programs. DNP curricula should include these two components as appropriate to the specific advanced-nursing practice specialist being prepared. Additionally, the faculty of each DNP program has the academic freedom to create innovative and integrated curricula to meet the competencies outlined in the Essentials document. The number and title of each AACN DNP Essential is listed in the table where they correspond with the Decker School of Nursing (DSON) DNP end-of-program objectives (see Table 1, below). 




ESSENTIAL I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

OBJECTIVE I: Develops new practice approaches based on theory and scientific evidence to transform healthcare delivery and improve health outcomes for diverse patient populations, including those who are vulnerable or live in rural areas.

ESSENTIAL II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking

OBJECTIVE II: Enacts leadership, management and communication skills within complex healthcare systems to ensure the delivery of safe, effective, ethical and fiscally responsible quality care in order to improve patient outcomes.

ESSENTIAL III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

OBJECTIVE III: Evaluates implementation of evidence-based quality improvement initiatives that address practice patterns, healthcare organizations and variances in health outcomes in order to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.

ESSENTIAL IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Healthcare

OBJECTIVE IV: Constructs methods for assessing outcomes of care, care systems and quality improvement initiatives using healthcare information systems and patient care technology while honoring the ethical and legal protections related to personal health information and health communications.

ESSENTIAL V: Healthcare Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare

OBJECTIVE V: Formulates evidence-based and consumer-oriented nursing and health policies that encompass equity and social justice at the institutional, local, state and/or federal levels.

ESSENTIAL VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes

OBJECTIVE VI: Employs collaborative and consultative leadership skills, using effective verbal and written communication skills, to resolve complex practice problems and organizational issues through development and implementation of practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, standards of care and/or other scholarly works.

ESSENTIAL VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health

OBJECTIVE VII: Collaborates with the healthcare committee to ensure the provision of evidence-based, culturally sensitive clinical prevention and population health services for individuals, aggregates and populations based on the analysis of epidemiological, biostatistical and environmental data.

ESSENTIAL VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice

OBJECTIVE VIII: Delivers comprehensive, evidence-based nursing care within their chosen area of specialization, demonstrating advanced levels of clinical judgment, understanding of health systems and healthcare policy, and adapted to meet the needs of diverse clients in order to improve patient outcomes.


OBJECTIVE IX: Demonstrates accountability for personal and professional conduct exemplifying core nursing values and ethical behaviors, and consistent with the legal scope and standards of practice.

Program Plans

Full-Time DNP Post-Master’s Program Plan






NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing


NURS 579: Advanced Diagnostics and Clinical Reasoning


NURS 610: Evidence-Based Practice


NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation


NURS 540: Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics OR
Graduate-level elective for students who have this course or equivalent

1 or 4


NURS 651: DNP Scholarly Project I

3 (2)*
120 hrs










NURS 548: DNP Organizational Behavior


NURS 615 Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare


NURS 652: DNP Scholarly Project II

3 (2)*
120 hrs

NURS 653: DNP Scholarly Project III

3 (2)*
120 hrs

Graduate-level elective


NURS 650 or NURS 6555: DNP Practicum Experience

180 hrs







* numbers in parentheses denote course's clinical credits; clinical hours are listed respectively

Part-Time DNP Post-Master’s Program Plan






NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing


NURS 579: Advanced Diagnostics and Clinical Reasoning


NURS 540: Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics OR
Graduate-level elective for students who have this course or equivalent

1 or 4


NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation






 YEAR 02





NURS 610: Evidence-Based Practice


NURS 651: DNP Scholarly Project I

3 (2)*
120 hrs

NURS 548: DNP Organizational Behavior


NURS 615: Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare











NURS 652: DNP Scholarly Project II

3 (2)*
120 hrs

NURS 653: DNP Scholarly Project III

3 (2)*
120 hrs

Graduate-level elective 3 NURS 650 or NURS 655: DNP Practicum Experience 3
180 hrs
* numbers in parentheses denote course's clinical credits; clinical hours are listed respectively

Course Descriptions

See the Binghamton University Bulletin for course descriptions.

NURS 540: Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (1–4 cr.)
NURS 548: DNP Organizational Behavior (4 cr.)
NURS 579: Advanced Diagnostics and Clinical Reasoning (3 cr.)
NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3 cr.)
NURS 610: Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr.)
NURS 615: Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare (3 cr.)
NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation (3 cr.)
NURS 651: DNP Scholarly Project I (3 cr./120 hrs. clinical hours)
NURS 652: DNP Scholarly Project II (3 cr./120 hrs. clinical hours)
NURS 653: DNP Scholarly Project III (3 cr./120 hrs. clinical hours)
NURS 650 or NURS 655: DNP Practicum Experience (3 cr./180 hrs. clinical)
NURS 700: Continuous Registration for DNP and/or PHD (1 cr.)

Learn more about continuous registration.

DNP Scholarly Project Courses

The DNP curriculum includes three scholarly project courses:

  • NURS 651: DNP Scholarly Project I (3 cr./120 hrs. clinical hours)
  • NURS 652: DNP Scholarly Project II (3 cr./120 hrs. clinical hours)
  • NURS 653: DNP Scholarly Project III (3 cr./120 hrs. clinical hours)

DNP Scholarly Project

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare advanced-practice nurses who will apply current research in evaluating practice and implement clinical innovations to change practice. The implementation of evidence-based research in clinical practice is the foundation of clinical scholarship.

Dreher (1999, p.26) describes clinical scholarship as the process of “challenging traditional nursing interventions, testing our ideas, predicting outcomes and explaining both patterns and exceptions. In addition to observation, analysis and synthesis, clinical scholarship includes application and dissemination, all of which result in a new understanding of nursing phenomena and the development of new knowledge.”

The DNP Scholarly Project is designed to meet the criteria of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. The DNP Scholarly Project should include planning, implementation and evaluation components.

All DNP Scholarly Projects should:  

  • Focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes, either through direct or indirect care
  • Have 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 outcomes (formative or summative)
  • Include a plan for sustainability (e.g., financial, systems or political realities, not only theoretical abstractions
  • Provide a foundation for future practice scholarship 

The DNP Scholarly Project must also meet the following criteria developed by National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) to meet the competencies of the practice doctorate:

  1. The project is related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefits a group, population or community rather than an individual patient.
    • Often arises from clinical practice
    • May be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group, etc.
  2. The project leadership may be solo or collaborative, depending on the scope of the project and university requirements.
  3. The scholarly project addresses identified needs, (healthcare policy and/or clinical practice issues).
  4. The literature review suggests an evidence base for the project or supports the need for the project.
  5. Description of the innovation is adequate for others to use (essential components for success, cost, etc).
  6. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards.
  7. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings, etc.)
  8. The project is conducted according to ethical principles.
  9. Dissemination modes are (is) a professional and public (peer review is included) demonstration of the student's scholarly project.

Read the NONPF Recommended Criteria for NP Scholarly Projects in the Practice Doctorate Program.

DNP Scholarly Project Exemplars

1. Translating research into practice projects

a. Quality improvement analysis related to patient care and outcomes
b. Development of evidence-based practice guidelines
c. Analysis of organization, state or national policy and the development, implementation or revision of policy
d. Development and/or evaluation of care models or patient-care programs to address health promotion and/or disease prevention
e. Analysis and/or development of informational technology for the purpose of planning the enhancement and/or evaluating patient care and outcomes
f. Analysis of financial cost/benefit of care models for the purpose of improving cost-savings with the utilization of specific care models
g. Joint interprofessional collaboration with PhD researchers to implement current research

2. Evaluate interventions or innovations in care techniques

a. Obtain baseline data related to a specific healthcare problem and design an evidence-based interventional plan and evaluation process
b. Collaborate with other APNPs or interdisciplinary colleagues to compare/evaluate group interventions
c. Analyze data on a significant healthcare problems and the effectiveness of treatments with recommendations for change
d. Evaluate the management of patients with mental health disorders and develop and evidence-based treatment-management program
e. Evaluate peer-led support groups and measure outcomes
f. Evaluate pain control within palliative-care models and measure outcomes
g. Promote patient safety with the implantation of medication-administration program and measured outcomes
h. Evaluate home-care interventions and compare patient satisfaction between physicians and APRNs

3. Health promotion and community-health related projects

a. Compare strategies for health promotion/disease prevention within community health departments
b. Evaluate trends and patient satisfaction with patient visits and the effects of outreach program
c. Launch interprofessional collaborative healthcare promotion programs within a vulnerable community population and evaluate outcomes
d. Compare and contrast patient-monitoring tools or screening programs and evaluate their effectiveness, cost-savings and/or outcomes
e. Evaluate community resources and program responses to community disasters
f. Develop and evaluate transition protocols to promote continuity of care across care settings

4. Policy-related scholarly projects

a. Evaluate and/or compare extended-care facility policies for the treatment of chronic pain and compare with national guidelines
b. Evaluate high-risk patient populations and develop plans for risk-reduction related to policy changes
c. Evaluate employer policies regarding employee health and potential cost-savings of new policies
d. Evaluate and/or develop evidence-based policies related to high-risk populations within the NICU

5. Integration of technology in care and informatics-related projects

a. Create a database for monitoring childhood injuries in urgent-care settings and evaluate the outcomes
b. Develop and/or evaluate informational technology's impact on care related to patient's transfer of care
c. Develop and/or evaluate protocols that integrate technology in patient assessments within urgent-care settings

Timeline for Scholarly Project completion: The progression of assignments in the scholarly courses is presented in Appendix D.

DNP Scholarly Project Committee

The purpose of the DNP Scholarly Project Committee is to facilitate the process of clinical scholarship for the doctoral student. Students are encouraged to secure DNP Committee members during the first DNP course, NURS 651. The DNP Scholarly Project Committee must be composed of doctorally prepared faculty members and one outside healthcare mentor. Students must obtain committee members' signatures on a DSON document titled "DNP Doctoral Committee." See an example of this form in Appendix E.

Committee chair: The DSON DNP Committee must be chaired or co-chaired by a doctorally prepared DSON tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Other members: Other members of the DNP Scholarly Project Committee may be junior faculty supervised by the tenured faculty member(s) and/or clinical experts who add to the scholarship of the Scholarly Project. The role of the other committee members in the arena of the student’s area of inquiry is to facilitate the student’s Scholarly Project with the knowledge and resources within a specialty area. Specialty areas may include, but are not limited to: community health, pediatrics, women's health, family practice, palliative care, family psychiatric mental health and adult-geriatrics. One of the committee members may be an organizational mentor outside the University to aid in the navigation of resources within a community/population for the implementation of the DNP Scholarly Project.

Pre-Award Compliance System (PACS)

The Pre-Award Compliance System (PACS) is an integrated, electronic system that will provide investigators a single portal for grant-proposal development, submission and award acceptance, as well as for research protocol preparation, submission, review and approval.

DNP Scholarly Project Guide

  • The report must conform to APA standards for style.
  • Title Page: States the title of the project and the author, and provides for committee members to acknowledge approval by signature
  • Acknowledgements: Allows student to thank and acknowledge helpful individuals or institutions
  • Table of Contents page
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Executive Summary: Summary of the entire project

Chapter 1. Problem Statement

Address the specific clinical or policy issue. The outline for this chapter usually includes the following: Introduction, Problem Statement, Conceptual/Theoretical Framework and Purpose and Objectives of the Project, but may vary according to DNP Scholarly Committee chair and members. Documentation of the existence and scope of the problem and the effects on individuals and the health system is presented. Provide any definition of terms. Describe a conceptual framework that will be used to clarify the issue and its resolution. This framework should be used to guide your project thesis.

Chapter 2: Review of the Literature

Review all pertinent literature related to documentation of the issue/problem, its historical development, any attempts/interventions to address the issue and outcomes related to resolution of the problem. Identify levels of evidence of literature. Use your conceptual framework to organize your literature review.

Chapter 3: Plan for Resolution

Describe in detail your plan for addressing the issue/problem. Identify the process and methods for developing your project and collecting information. Describe the targeted population, the process for obtaining Human Subjects Research Review Committee approval, if required, data collection instruments and/or interventions used in the plan. Provide documentation of the latter in the appendix.

Chapter 4: Outcome/Evaluation

Describe in detail the outcomes of the plan for resolution, including any actual or potential impacts on individuals, the healthcare delivery system or agency. When appropriate provide outcome data. If a product was created (such as a teaching plan or community-intervention plan) it should be described here and included in the appendix. If the outcome is a media presentation, a copy should be provided and retained by the Decker School of Nursing.

Chapter 5: Summary (Conclusions, Recommendations for Future Action)
Provide a brief summary of the project and its outcomes. Describe any conclusions that can be drawn from the process and outcomes of project and discuss vis-à-vis (with regard to) the literature review. Describe any recommendations for future action to address the issue or its resolution.


DNP Scholarly Project progression: Students are expected to meet the requirements for each DNP Clinical Practicum to progress with their project. Each student will be evaluated for progression within their clinical site by relevant faculty.

Required DNP Scholarly Project Dissemination

Upon completion of DNP Scholarly Project and Practicums I–III, NURS 651, 652, 653, and 650 or 655, the DNP student must successfully complete the Scholarly Project Dissemination to be eligible for graduation. The oral presentation (using PowerPoint or via other digital media) will take place at the Decker School of Nursing. The defense will be open to the public. All committee members are expected to be in attendance. Practice mentors and stakeholders are encouraged to attend, and invitations will be sent by the Graduate Program Office.

All DNP presentations must be scheduled ahead of time in coordination with the DNP Committee chairperson, DNP Committee members and graduate program director. The presentation will be posted on the DSON calendar and will be publicized throughout the Decker School of Nursing. The dissemination will be facilitated by the DNP Committee chair. The student candidate will present a 30-minute explanation of his/her project, after which the DNP Committee chairperson will open the floor for questions/discussion from the DNP Committee and audience. A written evaluation with recommendations, as appropriate, will be provided to the student. All members of the DNP Committee will sign the DNP Scholarly Project Evaluation Form. A copy must be submitted to the graduate program director.

Dissemination of the DNP Scholarly Project

The DSON DNP student is encouraged to disseminate findings publically. Dissemination of the project may include:

  • Presentation of a poster at a regional, state or national conference
  • Podium presentation at a regional, state or national conference
  • A journal publication

The chairperson or member of a scholarly committee may assist the DNP student/graduate with choice of dissemination options. The DNP student/graduate is to be first author of manuscripts.

DNP Advancement-to-Candidacy Form

Note that advancement-to-candidacy submitted by the DSON Graduate Program Office occurs only after chapters 1, 2 and 3 have been successfully written and approved by the student's DNP Committee chair AND after the student has obtained IRB approval. This must be completed by week 4 of NURS 652.

Checklist for Completion of DNP Degree Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to review and meet all items as outlined on the document titled, Checklist for DNP Graduation Requirements. These requirements must be complete prior to graduation (see Appendix C).


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2006) The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Author. Retrieved from ://

Dreher, M. (1999). Clinical scholarship: Nursing practice as an intellectual endeavor. In Sigma Theta Tau International Clinical Scholar Task Force. Clinical Scholarship Resources Paper, (pp. 26–33).

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) (2016). Nurse practitioner core competencies. 

Appendix A: NONPF 2016 Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies

The following competencies are from NONPF (2016, pp. 3–5).

Scientific Foundation Competencies

  1. Critically analyzes data and evidence for improving advanced nursing practice.
  2. Integrates knowledge from the humanities and sciences within the context of nursing science.
  3. Translates research and other forms of knowledge to improve practice processes and outcomes.
  4. Develops new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory and practice knowledge.

Leadership Competencies

  1. Assumes complex and advanced leadership roles to initiate and guide change.
  2. Provides leadership to foster collaboration with multiple stakeholders (e.g. patients, community, integrated healthcare committees and policy makers) to improve healthcare.
  3. Demonstrates leadership that uses critical and reflective thinking.
  4. Advocates for improved access, quality and cost-effective healthcare.
  5. Advances practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change.
  6. Communicates practice knowledge effectively, both orally and in writing.
  7. Participates in professional organizations and activities that influence advanced-practice nursing and/or health outcomes of a population focus.

Quality Competencies

  1. Uses best available evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice.
  2. Evaluates the relationships among access, cost, quality and safety, and their influences on healthcare.
  3. Evaluates how organizational structure, care processes, financing, marketing and policy decisions impact the quality of healthcare.
  4. Applies skills in peer review to promote a culture of excellence.
  5. Anticipates variations in practice and is proactive in implementing interventions to ensure quality.

Practice Inquiry Competencies

  1. Provides leadership in the translation of new knowledge into practice.
  2. Generates knowledge from clinical practice and patient outcomes.
  3. Applies clinical investigative skills to improve health outcomes.
  4. Leads practice inquiry, individually or in partnership with others.
  5. Disseminates evidence from inquiry to diverse audiences using multiple modalities.
  6. Analyzes clinical guidelines for individualized application into practice.

Technology and Information Literacy Competencies

  1. Integrates appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve healthcare.
  2. Translates technical and scientific health information appropriate for various users’ needs.
    1. Assesses the patient’s and caregiver’s educational needs to provide effective, personalized healthcare.
    2. Coaches the patient and caregiver for positive behavioral change.
  3. Demonstrates information literacy skills in complex decision making.
  4. Contributes to the design of clinical information systems that promote safe, quality and cost-effective care.
  5. Uses technology systems that capture data on variables for the evaluation of nursing care.

Policy Competencies

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of the interdependence of policy and practice.
  2. Advocates for ethical policies that promote access, equity, quality and cost.
  3. Analyzes ethical, legal and social factors influencing policy development.
  4. Contributes in the development of health policy.
  5. Analyzes the implications of health policy across disciplines.
  6. Evaluates the impact of globalization on healthcare policy development.

Health Delivery System Competencies

  1. Applies knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve healthcare delivery.
  2. Effects healthcare change using broad based skills including negotiating, consensus-building and partnering.
  3. Minimizes risk to patients and providers at the individual and systems levels.
  4. Facilitates the development of healthcare systems that address the needs of culturally diverse populations, providers and other stakeholders.
  5. Evaluates the impact of healthcare delivery on patients, providers, other stakeholders and the environment.
  6. Analyzes organizational structure, functions and resources to improve the delivery of care.
  7. Collaborates in planning for transitions across the continuum of care. 

Ethics Competencies

  1. Functions as a licensed, independent practitioner.
  2. Demonstrates the highest level of accountability for professional practice.
  3. Practices independently, managing previously diagnosed and undiagnosed patients.
    1. Provides the full spectrum of healthcare services to include health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, palliative and end-of-life care.
    2. Uses advanced health-assessment skills to differentiate between normal, variations of normal and abnormal findings.
    3. Employs screening and diagnostic strategies in the development of diagnoses.
    4. Prescribes medications within scope of practice.
    5. Manages the health/illness status of patients and families over time.
  4. Provides patient-centered care, recognizing cultural diversity and the patient or designee as a full partner in decision-making.
    1. Works to establish a relationship with the patient, characterized by mutual respect, empathy and collaboration.
    2. Creates a climate of patient-centered care to include confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, mutual trust and respect.
    3. Incorporates the patient's cultural and spiritual preferences, values and beliefs into healthcare.
    4. Preserves the patient's control over decision-making by negotiating a mutely acceptable plan of care.

Appendix B: DNP Scholarly Project Evaluation Form

Completed mid-term and final of DNP of NURS 652 and NURS 653

Student Name:

Committee chair:

Committee members:


Satisfactory: revisions needed

Unsatisfactory: many revisions necessary

Plans for remediation with required due date:

Statement of the problem is clearly identified        
Literature review is clearly documented and supports problem statement; PICOT is feasible for scholarly proposal.        
Cost benefit analysis clearly defined        
Objectives clearly stated and measureable        
Evaluation: supports the outcomes of the objectives        
Theoretical framework is appropriate to guide the implementation of the scholarly proposal        
Implementation: meets the outcomes of objectives; population and setting are clearly defined and appropriate; evaluation plan and measurement/tools articulated and appropriate        
Risks/benefit described        
Resources necessary for implementation clearly identified        
All consents are included: informed consent if necessary; practice site consent        
All consents must meet IRB approval        
All scholarly submissions are in APA format and in scholarly academic writing        

Committee chair: Based on evaluation of Scholarly II written Scholarly Project: I do/do not recommend that this student continues in progression of the final scholarly project. Please explain your recommendations.

Appendix C: Checklist for DNP Graduation Requirements

_____Have you maintained continuous registration throughout your graduate degree studies?

_____Have you filed your Graduate Application for Award of Degree (GAFD) with the Graduate School Office for the semester you intend to graduate by the deadline date?

_____ Confirm with the Decker graduate program assistant that your department has completed and submitted to the Graduate School a Recommendation for Advancement-to-Candidacy form on your behalf.

_____ Has your Doctor in Nursing Practice Committee (including outside examiner/external reader) been APPROVED by the Graduate School Office? Has the committee form been completed and signed?

_____Have you addressed any grades of incomplete or missing grades on your academic transcript, ensuring ample time (two weeks is recommended) for your professor to grade any incomplete coursework or to resolve any missing grades in a timely manner?

_____Have you cleared up any outstanding financial obligations?

_____Have you successfully defended your DNP Scholarly Project?

_____Has the department submitted (on your behalf) the Recommendation for Award of Degree form to the Graduate School?

_____Have you submitted your departmentally accepted DNP Scholarly Project electronically through the Graduate School Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission website.

_____Have you completed and submitted the "Survey of Earned Doctorates," your DNP Scholarly Project processing fees payment and an unbound copy of your Scholarly Project for the department (if required) to the Graduate School Office?

Note: To qualify for graduation, students must be in good academic standing. This means a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and a transcript that has no missing grades or grades of Incomplete. 

Appendix D: Timeline for DNP Scholarly Project Completion

Scholarly I: NURS 651 (spring semester)

Chapter 1

1. Introduction

Introduction: will be completed and submitted for review by week 2

2. Problem Statement

Problem Statement: will be completed and submitted for review by week 4

3. Purpose of the Scholarly Project

Purpose of the Scholarly Project Thesis: will be completed and submitted by week 5

4. Clinical Question (PICOT Question)

Clinical Question: to be completed and submitted by week 7

5. Conceptual/Theoretical Framework

Conceptual/Theoretical Framework: to be completed and submitted by week 7

Chapter 2 

1.Review of the Literature

Review of the Literature: to be completed and submitted by week 9

2. Target Population

Target Population: to be completed and submitted by week 10


Setting: to be completed and submitted by week 10

Scholarly II: NURS 652 (fall semester)

Chapter 3 

1. Methodology

Methodology: to be completed and submitted by week 10

2. Tools

Tools: to be completed and submitted by week 2

3. IRB Submission and Approval

IRB Submission and Approval: to be completed by week 4

4. Intervention and Data Collection

Intervention and Data Collection: to be completed and submitted by week 15

Scholarly III: NURS 653 (spring semester)

Chapter 4 


Outcomes/Evaluation: to be completed and submitted by week 5

Chapter 5

1. Conclusions/Summary

Conclusions/Summary: to be completed and submitted by week 7

2. Recommendations

Recommendations: to be completed and submitted by week 7

At the conclusion of the DNP Scholarly Project, students will defend their thesis and prepare for dissemination of their completed written project. Dissemination will be via PowerPoint presentation or poster presentation. All students will be expected to write a query letter for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This will be done at the completion of their written DNP Scholarly Project and after all requirements have been met for the completion of Scholarly III.

Appendix E: DNP Doctoral Committee Form

We, the undersigned faculty, agree to serve on ______________________________ committee for the DNP Scholarly Project entitled: ____________________________________________________

Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing faculty

Name Status
Signature Date
__________________________ __________ ___________________________________ _________
__________________________ __________ ___________________________________ _________
__________________________ __________ ___________________________________ _________
__________________________ __________ ___________________________________ _________

Approved by: ______________________________

Nicole Rouhana, PhD, FACNM, FNP-BC
Director of Graduate Studies

Appendix F: DNP Clinical Log



Faculty of record:

NP preceptor/site address:







DNP Essential