The Scholarly Project is the centerpiece that ties together a students didactic and clinical work in the DNP program. The DNP Scholarly Project requires students to identify a gap in healthcare that needs change to improve health outcomes. This may be in their workplace or in the community. Once this gap is identified, students will do a systematic review to determine a solution. The last steps of the DNP scholarly project requires students to implement and evaluate the plan’s effectiveness. The course of study in the DNP program builds towards this goal, both to help students identify and refine their original ideas and to build the academic tools necessary to engage their ideas with rigor and scholarship. Completion of this program earns the Doctor of Nursing Practice and prepares graduates to analyze systems, identify problems and apply evidence based solutions to improve the outcomes of the people for whom they provide care. The findings will be presented to the academic community prior to graduation.

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