Capstone advisors are assigned to doctoral students by faculty based on the area of expertise, methodology and availability. Once the assignment is made, the capstone advisor assumes primary responsibility for supervising the student throughout the entire capstone process, although assignments related to the capstone project may be integrated into coursework and submitted to the course instructor as outlined in the capstone timeline. If a student experiences difficulty with the advising assignment and wishes to request a change in capstone advisor, the student is required to submit a formal letter to the DNP Director describing the reasons a change in advisor is being requested. If a change in advisor is granted, the student will be assigned to a committee of faculty to oversee completion of the project.
The BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP student may not enroll in NURS 9620 unless the student has submitted the capstone proposal to the RMU IRB or the IRB at the agency where the project is being conducted. If a student has not submitted to IRB by the start of the semester in which the student is registered for NURS 9620 the student must withdraw.
BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP graduation requires completion of an advisor approved capstone project manuscript and oral presentation to the faculty in adherence with the capstone timeline and requirements for NURS 9620.
If capstone project is not completed before graduation:
Failure to complete the requirements for NURS 9620 will result in an Incomplete (I) grade in NURS 9620. Thirty days prior to graduation, students who do not anticipate completion must submit a formal, written request for participation in in the graduation ceremony. A determination will be made by the Progression Committee. No student will be permitted to participate in graduation ceremony activities unless he/she has orally presented the capstone project to the faculty. All students are expected to complete the final manuscript within one semester after presenting the project and will be required to register for one credit directed study per semester under the direction of the capstone advisor until the manuscript is completed.