Dec 15, 2018  
ACE Catalog - Volume 20 
  
ACE Catalog - Volume 20

Student Handbook General Capstone Information


 

Components of the Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience is a culminating project spanning the length of your program and designed to measure your growth and competency in learning the skills associated with your selected field of study. It contains a measure of self-reflection, and captures insights from faculty experts who know and understand the challenges of a given discipline you use to improve and expand your thinking. Learning is dynamic. Your skills in thinking, writing, applying scholarly thought and a range of other abilities should improve with each course, documented in the assignments that will become artifacts in the Capstone Experience course. When you have reached your goal, the completed capstone becomes a source of pride as you document your expertise.The following components are required for completion:

Please note that templates, planning guides, and instructional videos are available in Student Commons. Please utilize the capstone experience areas for forms and assistance. 

Individual Student Profile (Completed during first course)

This profile contains your philosophy of learning and professional goals statements (3-5), which will state your intent as a graduate professional. For each goal statement, you will describe how the goal translates into actions you intend to use in your professional setting.

Capstone Artifacts (Completed in courses during your program)

The artifacts, that are completed during the duration of your program, demonstrate your competency in each of the program outcomes. Each artifact should be a quality exemplar showing your accomplishment of a program outcome. These are completed within each course of the program and uploaded during the capstone.

Original Contribution

Please check student commons for your planning guide that will state the Original Contribution requirement for your program of study.  Your Original Contribution will not need to be pre-approved.  Should your program of study require you to create a new artifact your planning should be original for you. Though it may contain 25% of a previously completed course assignment, the product should exhibit significant expansion of the initial idea. 

LinkedIn Profile (Completed prior to finishing the Capstone Experience course)

Professional networks, such as LinkedIn, present online opportunities to share your credentials in a real-world application. Knowing what and when to share personal and private information requires critical judgment. The purpose is to develop an online resume/presence and network (connect) with colleagues and faculty from American College of Education.

Program Outcomes Retrospective Paper

The program retrospective paper is a reflective review of your graduate experience. The Individual Student Profile information, completed in the first course, becomes a springboard for considering growth in thinking and applying program outcomes. Learning requires change. The program retrospective paper documents your change, over time, as a result of mastering the program outcomes.

Leadership Impact Plan Paper

The Leadership Impact Plan Paper provides the opportunity to share how your leadership practice has grown and will continue to grow as a result of your program completion.  You will reflect on your leadership journey in this paper and the knowledge you have developed to help guide others in the future.

Maximum Number of Enrollment in Capstone 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, times may exist when students cannot complete their capstone prior to their intended graduation date/end of program. If either a capstone is not completed, students can be re-enrolled in these courses as long as they do not exceed the maximum number of enrollments as defined below. If a student is not successful after the designated number of course registrations, they will be administratively withdrawn from the College.

* Capstone: Students can take the Capstone course (5 week course) no more than five times (25 weeks of course time) during and enrollment at ACE.

RN to MSN Capstone Experience

The Capstone/Practicum is a synthesis course that requires graduate students to demonstrate mastery of skills learned in liberal arts and sciences as well as nursing courses. The Capstone/Practicum is a course containing culminating assignments designed to measure your leadership, growth and competency in learning the skills associated with earning the MSN. It contains a measure of self-reflection and captures insights from faculty experts who know and understand the challenges of a given discipline you use to improve and expand your thinking. Learning is dynamic. Your skills in thinking, writing, applying scholarly thought, leadership, and a range of other abilities should improve with each course. Key assignments will become artifacts that provide evidence of this development. When you have reached your goal, the completed capstone/practicum becomes a source of pride as you document your expertise. There are multiple assignments and clinical practice/practicum hours that must be completed in order to meet program and degree completion requirements.

The following components are required for completion:

Individual Student Profile

This Individual Student Profile contains your revisions to the philosophy of learning and professional goals statements (3-5), which stated your intent as a professional. For each goal statement (originally written in week 1 of NUR 4013) you will reflect on the original goal statements made at the beginning of the program and describe how the original goals may now be revised or altered as a result of your course work; translate into plans or actions how you intend to use in your professional setting.

This profile contains your philosophy of learning and professional goals statements (3-5), which will state your intent as a graduate professional. For each goal statement, you will describe how the goal translates into actions you intend to use in your professional setting.

Capstone Artifacts for Program Outcomes

The artifacts, that are completed during the duration of your program, demonstrate your competency in each of the program outcomes. Each artifact should be a quality exemplar showing your accomplishment of a program outcome. These are completed within each course of the program and uploaded during the capstone/practicum course. 

Original Contribution-Change Project

The Original Contribution is an evidence-based change project that grows out of the student’s interest in a specific patient population, professional nursing role and/or healthcare setting. In the Original Contribution, students will identify a need or problem that exists in a healthcare setting, as well as implement and evaluate a plan to resolve the problem. In addition, students will have the opportunity to share how his/her leadership practice has grown and will continue to grow as a result of program completion. Students will reflect on their leadership journey in this assignment and the knowledge they have developed to help guide others in the future.

LinkedIn Profile

Professional networks, such as LinkedIn, present online opportunities to share credentials in a real-world application. Knowing what and when to share personal and private information requires critical judgment. The purpose is to develop an online CV, professional presence and network enabling connections with colleagues and faculty from American College of Education.

Clinical Practicum Hours

A total of 200 hours is required to complete the course with an approved preceptor in a practice setting. There are several steps and forms that students must complete before they can enroll in the final capstone/practicum. In NUR5043 Nursing Leadership: Organizational Systems, 50 hours will be utilized in meeting with key stakeholders at the practicum site, planning for a preceptor, and starting the process of completing all required forms. All steps and forms must be completed a minimum of 3 terms before enrollment in the capstone/practicum course can occur.

Program Outcome Retrospective Paper

The program retrospective paper is a reflective review of your graduate experience. The Individual Student Profile information, completed in the first course, becomes a springboard for considering growth in thinking and applying program outcomes. Learning requires change. The program retrospective paper documents your change, over time, as a result of mastering the program outcomes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to share how your leadership practice has grown and will continue to grow because of your program completion.  You will reflect on your leadership journey in this paper and the knowledge you have developed to help guide others in the future.