DNP Project Overview

A unique approach: the DNP Project

The emphasis of the DNP program is on broad “systems thinking” in order to facilitate the design and implementation of models of patient care and clinical practice. The DNP project offers students the opportunity to apply advanced empirical and theoretical knowledge to design, implement, evaluate and intervene in the clinical environment based on the evidence. It is expected that students will focus on clinical issues and/or organizational systems that promote safe, effective, efficient and accessible care for individuals, groups, or populations. 

The DNP Project should reflect learning from course work and application to clinical practice.  Students will complete a minimum of 500 practice hours while working on the DNP Project. The final project will be a scholarly, tangible deliverable in the form of a publishable manuscript.  The project will be reviewed by a committee and formally presented at the project’s clinical site and with the broader community.


    Class of 2017
Monica McNeill Cades   Identifying and Staging Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Patients with Hypertension and Diabetes in Primary Care Through Pre-Visit Planning
Kate DeMutis   Best Practice Prescribing of Analgesics for Acute Pain in the Primary Care Setting
Pamela A. May   Effects of an Evidence-Based Sun Safety Education Program implemented at an Outdoor Water Resort Complex on Lifeguards’ and Aquatics Instructors’ Knowledge Level Regarding Sun Protective Behaviors
Martha A. Mulvey   The Effect of Assessing Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using a Prompt in the Electronic Health Record for Adult Patients with Epilepsy
Loleta C. Samuel   The Implementation of a Surgical Site Wound Assessment Tool (SSWAT) for Use by Telehealth Nurses in an Ambulatory Care Cancer Center 
Kim Patricia Shaughnessy   Development of a Policy to Facilitate Regional Integration of a Women’s Health Product Line
Margaret S. White    The Introduction of an Electronic Workflow Document in the Primary Care Setting to Increase Staff Participation and Accountability in the Attainment of Value Based Care Measures
Tracy M. Widmer   Improving Knowledge and Confidence of Frontline Clinicians Caring for Newborns with Spina Bifida
    Class of 2016
Kimberly F. Volpe   A Seminar for Emerging Nurse Leaders
Constance Glenn   Evaluation of Health Care Issues and Best Clinical Practice in Guatemalan Communities During Global Intensive Learning Experience
Sheri A. Brown   Applying Standards and Guidelines to Clinical Practice at the Point of Care: Healthcare Provider Adherence to National Cardiac Monitoring Guidelines
Elizabeth Dunphy   Impact of Medication Adherence to Oral Cancer Agents When Using A Standardized Medication Educational Tool and Personalized Calendar
Denise Gruccio-Paolucci   The Development and Implantation of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Feminization of Girls with Turner Syndrome
    Class of 2015
Amy Beth Carnall   The Relationship Between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Use Disorder among Adolescents in a Residential Setting
Michelle A. Cuttino   Using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) Tool to Improve Falls Risk Identification in Long Term Care
Regina Gentlesk Green   Improving Knowledge Through an Educational Program on an Integrated Care Pathway for Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD)
Lori J. Howell   Parental Prenatal Spina Bifida Video Education 
Leslie Jackson   A Handoff Checklist for Student Nurse Anesthetists to Guide Transfer of Care to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Catherine Sharbaugh   Influence of e-Health Technology Text Messages Linked to Health Portal on College Students' Influenza Vaccine Rate
Denise A. Zollicoffer   Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an EMR (EHR) Alert on Ordering of Screening Mammography in the Primary Care Setting
    Class of 2014
Latesha Colbert-Mack   Examining the Extent of Nurse Practitioner Practice at a Large Academic Medical Center: Recommendations for Full Professional Practice
Rolanda Coverson   SBAR Guided Communication in Long-Term Care between Nursing and the Provider
Cara Curley   Evaluation of Tdap Vaccine Acceptance and Declination Rates in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy: Application of New Evidenced-Based Guidelines
Cynthia Hoens   The Use of a Standardized EMR Note to Increase PCP Compliance with NIH Asthma Guidelines
Chelsea McEvoy   Probiotics in the Prevention and Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: An Evaluation of Knowledge and Practice Patterns of Health Care Providers
Shafeah Morrison   Screening Women for Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the Primary Care Setting
Mary Agnes Ostick   College Health Nurses’ Knowledge and Confidence in Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: The Effects of Educational Intervention and Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines
Jean Ridgeway   Interdisciplinary Educational Checklist for Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Patients
Sheryl Timpanelli   A Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Policy for Health Care Workers
    Class of 2013
Michele Ballister   Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists:  The Impact of Structured High Fidelity Simulation on Anesthesia Ready Time
Meghan O’Regan Coleman   An APN Home Care Intervention: Implementing Evidence Based Coping Mechanisms for Breast Cancer Patients
Janet Dunn   The Effects of Palliative Care on Quality of Life in Heart Failure Patients
Jenny Lynn   Interdisciplinary Education Class for Patients Undergoing an Esophagectomy
Matt McCoy   The Effects of Stimulated Pediatric Anesthesia Clinical Experiences on SRNA Anxiety as Measured by the STAI
Penny McEvoy   Development of an Improved Clinical Workflow Process for INR Resulting and Reporting with Electronic Health Records in Adults Patients Receiving Warfarin Therapy in a Primary Care Setting
Betty Naimoli   Implementation of Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Smoking Cessation for Women in a Primary Care Setting


Connect with DNP program coordinator, Dr. Debra Shearer, and faculty to learn more about our online, post-Master's DNP at an event location conveniently scheduled near work or home.

  • 10/10, 4 - 7 pm: New Deck Tavern, 3408 Sansom St., Philadelphia
  • 11/15: 4 - 7 pm: The Inn at Villanova University, 601 County Line Rd., Radnor, Pa
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IF YOU ARE EMPLOYED BY AN AFFILIATE OF THE FITZPATRICK COLLEGE OF NURSING, you will be considered eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Questions? Contact DNP Program Director Dr. Debra Shearer at or 610.519.8337.

Are you dedicated to the care of children with spina bifida? If so, learn more about our Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship and apply.


DNP Program Overview with Dr. Debra Shearer

DNP Program Overview

DNP Information Session with Dr. Debra Shearer and DNP Student Matt McCoy

Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following page includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

>>Notices for Distance Education Programs.pdf

My view

“When exploring doctoral programs, it was important to me to find a program that had an extensive clinical option that would advance my current nursing practice. The DNP Program has already greatly enhanced both my clinical knowledge and leadership skills. By completing its requirements, I am preparing for the future of health care. As a practicing DNP clinician, I have the opportunity and necessary skills to transform the health-care system.”
—Matthew McCoy ’13 DNP, CRNA


Contact Us


Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Rachel N'Diaye
DNP Program Assistant

Doctor of Nursing Practice