NUR 494: Final Preparation for the Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone

Course Description

Following successful completion of capstone project building blocks through prior RN/ADN to BSN program courses, students work with the faculty in collaboration with clinical practice partners to finalize planning and approval for implementation of their capstone project in NUR 495. Final approval of capstone projects is at the discretion of the faculty and practice partners and is required for enrollment in NUR 495, The Baccalaureate Capstone. In addition to project approval students must meet all participation requirements of their practice site(s) to successfully complete this course and be approved for enrollment in NUR 495.
Note: course is 1 unit “laboratory” (45 hours over the term) that represents focused, active engagement with practice partners and the faculty to refine capstone project to meet site-based requirements for approval to implement in NUR 495 The Nursing Baccalaureate Capstone.

(1 credit)


  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role
  • NUR 310: Healthcare Policy, Economics, Regulation and Ethics
  • NUR 315: Nursing Research and Expanded EBP
  • NUR 400: Continuous Quality Improvement, Safety, and Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Clearance of the Nursing Program Director is required for registration.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

In accordance with program and practice site direction and requirements students:

  1. Apply standardized, acceptable approaches to develop a specific, evidence-based project implementation plan to address the identified healthcare improvement or need.
  2. Develop/assemble, or obtain permission to use, the required tools and materials to carry out the project (i.e. surveys/pre/post-tests, educational presentations, etc.) based upon the implementation plan.
  3. Design a plan to collect and analyze relevant data applying approaches to protect the anonymity of the practice site and all participants.
  4. Develop an achievable project timeline for implementation in NUR 495.
  5. Prepare and present a final Letter of Intent (LOI) to practice partners.
  6. Exhibit scholarship including sound written and oral presentation skills.

Course Activities and Grading




Week 1-5:

Draft(s) of NUR 494 Letter of Intent (LOI)




Weeks 2-8:

Develop and Submit Project Materials



1, 2,3,7,9,10

Weeks 3-7:  

Obtain & Prepare for Practice Site Project Approval



1, 2,3,7,9,10

Weeks 7-8:  

Arrange & Participate in Launch Meeting with Site Mentor & Faculty







Required Textbooks

  • There are no required textbooks to purchase for this course. Students will refer to materials from previous nursing courses and all additional materials will be provided within the course.

Additional Requirements

  • It is recommended that students utilize Charter Oak’s library for information/research purposes focusing on the CINAHL Ultimate Full Text Database.

Course Schedule

The actual eight-week course schedule is individualized based upon students’ engagement, focus, and success on assignments. Students are expected to be available for virtual one on one live meetings with the course faculty to collaborate on course assignments, at least once a week throughout the course based upon student progress. These meetings are scheduled between the course faculty and the student at mutually available times. Requirements for approval of capstone projects vary by practice sites; students are expected to work with the faculty to achieve these requirements by the end of the 8-week course.

Late Work Policy

Due to the accelerated nature of the NUR 300 & 400 courses, late work severely limits meaningful engagement with students, peers, and faculty, and jeopardizes collaboration and exchange of ideas.

All assignments must be completed and submitted to pass the course, regardless of how late.

The following standards relate to late submission of any assignment in this and all other NUR 300 & 400 courses:

  • All Discussion Postsmust be posted by the due date/time deadline. Those posted late will be given a grade of zero.
  • All Other Papers/Projects: Failure to turn in, post, or in any way fail to meet the due date/time deadline, will result in a deduction of 10% per day of the total assignment value from the actual grade earned, for up to seven days.
  • Students who submit an assignment eight days late will receive a grade of zero for the assignment
  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline for any assignment regardless of the reason, they should contact the course faculty immediately.

Emergencies/Extenuating Circumstances: The Faculty and Program Director appreciate that emergencies come up in life. Emergencies/ Extenuating Circumstances are not planned activities and/or are not normally work-related.

  • Students will be required to submit reasonable documentation of emergencies/extenuating circumstances to the course faculty.
  • Any request(s) relating to emergencies/ extenuating circumstances requires documentation and approval of the course faculty, the Program Director, and other college personnel as necessary.

The following conditions acknowledge unexpected circumstances that impact students’ ability to submit an assignment by the due date:

  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline due to an emergency/extenuating circumstance, they should contact the course faculty immediately.
  • Students may turn in oneassignment up to 7 days after the due date except for a discussion board assignment, a final course project, or other final course assignments, no questions asked.
  • Subsequent late submissions will be managed in accordance with the standards outlined above.

*Note: Students with accommodations in place may not receive an extension that is related to their disability

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