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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
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

LO1: Use the PICOT method for research findings.
LO2: Synthesize multidisciplinary practice evidence.
LO3: Examine ethical issues related to the conduct of research.
LO4: Assess outcomes of evidence-based interventions.
LO5: Compare and contrast quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.


Students are required to participate in the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums 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 forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Thursday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least two (2) of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.

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 forum 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%.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all 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.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

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
Author:Godshall, M.
Book Title:Research for Advanced Practice Nurses: From Evidence to Practice, 2nd ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing
Author:Mateo and Foreman
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.