Fall 2020

NURS 7312-ONLI DNP Project: Seminar

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Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
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We are looking forward to working together in this seminar (and the clinical component) toward the completion of your DNP Project. We will meet mid-semester virtually via CANVAS conference (date to be determined at the first meeting) and at end of the semester for the rehearsal and presentation of your DNP projects. 

Please see Canvas for details and expected pre-class preparation

Saturday, August 29:1:00 PM - 3:50 PM Course orientation, self introduction, progress in the DNP projects, lessons learned, tips for successful completion of  DNP projects. 

Canvas Video Conference:  Date TBD. Update on student projects; analyzing and presenting project results.

Canvas Video Conference:  November 16 and 18,  3 to 6 pm. DNP Presentation rehearsal

Final Presentations (Virtual)November 30 and December 2, 3 to 6pm. FINAL DNP Presentations


Carole L. White, PhD, RN
Office Hours: By appointment, including phone conferences, video conferencing and on campus face-to-face meetings.
Office Phone: (210) 567-5831
Mobile: 210-380-5764
Email: whitec2@uthscsa.edu

Office Hours: By Appointment through Starfish
Office Phone: 210-450-8194
Mobile: 254-338-3953
Office Room: 2.334
Email: vivesm1@uthscsa.edu

Although we are the coordinators for this clinical seminar, you will be working with your DNP Chair, who will guide you in you project and also grade all required submissions.


This seminar course requires the student to implement and report the process and outcomes of their theory and evidence based organizational intervention at multiple system levels in their DNP Project.  The role of the DNP as leader and innovator in complex organizational systems will be discussed as it relates to implementation and evaluation.  Faculty, practice leaders and experts will facilitate the implementation and evaluation of the DNP Project.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


NURS 7321 Statistical Analysis for Quality Improvement and Health Delivery Systems or PH 1690 Foundations of Biostatistics
NURS 7301 Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Translational Science I
NURS 7323 Design and Analysis for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Translational Science II

NURS 7313 DNP Project: Clinical Application


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


1.  Critically analyze key issues in the process of implementation of the DNP Project with faculty and practice leaders.
2.  Synthesize and refine implementation processes based upon feedback.
3.  Interpret outcomes of the DNP Project.
4.  Prepare written report of the completed DNP Project, including the plan, design, implementation and outcomes.
5.  Present the completed DNP Project to faculty and academic community.

Essentials: I, II, III, V, VI, VIII




A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grade Percentages

o  10% Sections 1, 2, 3 in Final format

o  15% Section 4 (at least 80% completed)

o  15% Section 5 (at least 80% completed)

o  15% Final DNP Project

o  10% Rehearsal Presentation

o  20% Final (Graduation) presentation

o  10% First class and videoconferences (Throughout Class)

o  5% Submission of graduation template 

Grading Scale

This Course is a Pass/Fail (must achieve 80% or higher to pass class)


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


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Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


There are no new required text books. A list of recommended resources and seminar readings is included in the course packet.


Content will be individualized to student’s clinical interest and area of specialization.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

For full calendar and details, please refer to information posted in CANVAS. First Seminar will be held via CANVAS Conference on Saturday, August 29th at 1 pm. 

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