Advanced Nursing Research – NURS 700

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course applies a variety of methods used for practice improvement through synthesis of the literature. The use of these methods, such as action research, program evaluation, and quality improvement will be explored through critical analysis of each.




The research process is foundational to the DNP program. This course will provide a baseline for the research process at an advanced level. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for success with completion of the scholarly project that culminates at the end of the program. Concepts to be covered in this course include: evidence based practice, research process, and program evaluation/outcomes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Describe evidenced-based practice, program evaluation, and quality improvement and their impact on health care.

DNP Essentials I; NONPF Scientific Foundations 1,2,3; Quality 1, 3 & 5, Practice Inquiry 1-5 Policy 1, 3 & 4; Health Delivery 1, 4, & 6, PLO 1-4

B. Analyze the literature to determine quality indicators of evidence based care.

DNP Essentials I, II,; NONPF Scientific Foundations 1-3, Practice Inquiry 1, 5 & 6, PLO 1 & 6

C. Evaluate an existing program to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the healthcare setting.

DNP Essentials III, IV, V; NONPF Health Delivery 1, 4, 6; Quality 2 & 3 PLO 1-3, 5, 6

D. Analyze various forms of data through case study analysis and evaluation of research studies.

DNP Essentials I, IV; NONPF Scientific Foundations 1 & 3; PLO 1 & 6

E. Value evidence based practice through the integration of a Christian worldview.

DNP Essentials V; NONPF Ethics 1-3; Policy 2 & 3; PLO 1, 6 & 7

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread will be evaluated based on the depth and breadth of the discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.

The student will write three research-based papers in current APA format that focus on a selected topic. Each paper should be a minimum of 5 pages, exclusive of title and reference pages. The use of at least five references is required, which may include the course textbook and the Bible.

The student will write a 7–10-page Research Article Critique in current APA format that focuses on the topic selected. The page minimum is exclusive of the title and reference pages. The paper must include at least 5 references, which may include the course textbook and the Bible.

The student will complete web-based modules reviewing research concepts and case studies. The assignment will be completed in two parts.

The student will retrieve and summarize ten to fifteen peer reviewed research studies.

The student will complete a table addressing the studies retrieved for the annotated bibliography. Articles will be analyzed in depth for quality and application to practice. This assignment should be placed in the student’s portfolio in Typhon after incorporating instructor feedback.