The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

Institutional Repository UoTIR

A guide to get you started on formatting and submitting your completed papers to the University of Tampa's Institutional Repository

DNP Project

DNP students are required to complete a clinical scholarly project in order to meet the program’s requirement and be eligible for graduation.

The DNP project allows the student to demonstrate mastery of the concepts of the degree. It brings together the practice and scholarship aspects of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The student leads an interdisciplinary team to translate scientific evidence into clinical practice. The student selects a clinical problem, finds an evidence-based solution, identifies stakeholders, then develops a plan for implementation in their clinical setting. An evaluation is then completed to determine if the implementation was effective. The final step of the project is dissemination to the nurse practitioner community.

The DNP project is not intended to be a research study (dissertation), but a research translation project. It is designed to address complex practice issues that affect groups of patients, health care organizations or health care systems utilizing informatics, technology and in-depth knowledge of the clinical and behavioral sciences. The theme of all DNP projects is the use of evidence to improve either practice or patient outcomes. The clinical scholarship required in the DNP project reflects mastery and competency in the student’s area of expertise.

Examples of the acceptable types of projects are:

  1. System modification for quality improvement processes
  2. Information technologies applied in the health care setting to improve health outcomes
  3. Health care delivery innovations
  4. Analysis and application of a health care policy
  5. Health education program with consumer or professional teams
  6. Elements of a clinical practice guideline in the health care setting

Library Resources for the DNP Program

Use this Nursing Guide to explore the resources and services available to you from the Macdonald-Kelce Library. Discover how to find books in the catalog, locate journal articles in the databases, and more.

Style Guide

The DNP Scholarly Project will be a 5 chapter document in APA (American Psychological Association) Style.

Faculty and Departmental Guidelines for Project Submission

For departments offering graduate programs that require or have an optional final project for graduation, the following process should be followed for preservation of the work in the UoTIR.


Please review this guide. We are happy to include any specific information from your department in the guide.


Departments should add the following language to the catalog description of curriculum and graduation requirements of the program:

After departmental approval, students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis, dissertation, or final project to the Macdonald-Kelce Library for inclusion in the digital repository, which is accessible on the Internet.

Embargoes restricting access of full text to only the University of Tampa community may be selected for 1 or 2 years, before the work is released freely on the web through the repository. Students also have the option to release the work for immediate access worldwide.


Distribute this link to students, for the agreement form and submission of work.

Thank you for your support of preserving and disseminating the scholarly work of The University of Tampa’s undergraduate and graduate programs. This not only shares our scholarship with the world at large, but helps to create stronger connections with our alumni and potential students. Please contact with any questions or feedback.

Student Submission Link

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This is your agreement form to upload your final approved project to UoTIR.

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