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NURS500 - Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Course Details

Course Code: NURS500 Course ID: 4788 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Advanced degree nurses must integrate evidence-based principles into their daily practice, and promote research-based decision-making in themselves and others. This course focuses on the critical analysis of research and its application to current nursing practice. Ethical issues in the design and conduct of research are addressed. (Prerequisite: NURS502)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Analyze ethical issues related to the design, execution, and utilization of nursing research. (PO 1)
  2. Formulate clinical questions to guide the evidence-based practice process. (PO 1, PO 4)
  3. Critically appraise research for validity, reliability, and applicability. (PO 4)
  4. Synthesize collected evidence to develop interventions to improve patient outcomes. (PO 2, PO 4, PO 7)
  5. Design appropriate measures to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions and disseminate results. (PO 2, PO 4, PO 5, PO 7)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include III, IV, VII, & VIII.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 6 graded discussions. The Week 8 discussion is a Reflection discussion, and you will be graded on completion of the reflection questions, not on the content.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 6 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Fast Facts for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: Implementing EBP in a Nutshell, 2nd. ed. (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:Godshall, M.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Book Title:Evidence-Based Practice In Action: Comprehensive Strategies, Tools, and Tips From The University of Iowa Hospitals And Clinics (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Sigma Theta Tau International. Lib
Author:Cullen, L., Hanrahan, K., Sigma Theta Tau International, Farrington, M., DeBerg, J., Tucker, S., & Kleiber, C.
Book Title:Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Third Edition: Model and Guidelines (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Sigma Theta Tau International. Lib
Author:Dang, D., Sigma Theta Tau International, Dearholt, S., & Johns Hopkins University

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.