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Hello Everyone,

Is there anyone starting Capstone at UTA 02/29/2016? I've been looking over all the modules in the class seems like a lot! Also directions are very vague. How was the grading in this class?

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

What is UTA? And how would we know its grading scale?

Seems to me that you should be asking your questions of the source.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Welcome! Your thread has been moved to our University of Texas Arlington forum where it will be more likely to be viewed by current and former UTA students who might know something about the capstone. Good luck to you.

I agree. I started 2/29 also. I am very lost regarding what is supposed to be the subject of the diary.

Danilu14

Specializes in Critical Care.

I start my capstone at UTA in April, I was under the impression that there wouldn't be much coursework involved, I thought the main focus was actually just following your nurse preceptor around and finally getting to use some of our nursing skills. We haven't been told much about how the class works or what to expect, I was surprised to see a capstone exam on our exam schedule I'll be following this thread, I'm interested to know what's coming up in my near future. Good luck!

Arvolina,

I have looked over everything I will keep you updated on how it is going. At this point with nothing graded or no clear instruction I do not know how it will go.

I have three classes left. Just took research. Im wondering what to expect from Capstone since it is 7 weeks long compared to 5 like all the other classes.

CFLA.RN

Specializes in home health, hospice, wound care. Has 10 years experience.

I took Capstone in the fall, it was really easy. It was a resume review and a few papers, two of the papers were essentially the same. Probably one of the easiest classes in the program.

nurselindah, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Hospice/Palliative Care. Has 15 years experience.

Really? Oh gosh, I hope so! I have my plate full during Capstone. Were the papers based on some assignments, or your own project? ANY info you could give would greatly reduce my anxiety about starting this class! :geek:

CFLA.RN

Specializes in home health, hospice, wound care. Has 10 years experience.

I just looked through my old assignments, looks like there was a weekly journal with 3 key points from the module (took about 20 minutes to do once a week) which led to a synthesis paper at the end of the course. There was a capstone PowerPoint project (based on whatever topic you want - I did one on caregiver burnout) that you present to co-workers which also requires creation of evaluation documents (like the survey/test taken after a CEU) and then ties into a capstone project summary paper that wasn't very difficult. Also had a paper about our future goals which is very similar to the synthesis paper and is basically a revision of the personal philosophy of nursing paper we did in the professional nursing course. It seems like a lot but I really only spent 1-2 hours a week doing it, except for the research for the capstone project.

Hello! Can I ask how your Capstone placement was decided? Did you get to make a preference?

nurselindah, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Hospice/Palliative Care. Has 15 years experience.

You cannot enroll in Capstone until the 2nd (or 3rd) week of you last class before it. One cleared, you can pick which ever class fits your schedule, as long as it is the right one.

Can you give me some insight on the research course? I have that class, capstone and math left. Is there a 35 page paper due in that class? How many papers do you have to right and what is the minimum length allowed. Thank You in advance. Have you taken Capstone yet? If so, can you also give me some insight.

nurselindah, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Hospice/Palliative Care. Has 15 years experience.

Can you give me some insight on the research course? I have that class, capstone and math left. Is there a 35 page paper due in that class? How many papers do you have to right and what is the minimum length allowed. Thank You in advance. Have you taken Capstone yet? If so, can you also give me some insight.

I will try to remember! Research is the hardest class, content wise, I thought. On the surface it seems easy, but the "tests" they give are more difficult than they appear. You really need to read the book and view the weekly lecture hours to do well. I recommend using all the resources they provide if you want an "A". Your research paper should only be 4 content pages long, unless they changed something. You will also have to do a power point presentation on a topic related to your research. That was actually harder for me. They hard grade the discussions, so make sure you are complete in all your posts.

DO not double up these remaining courses-you will be quickly overwhelmed. Unless you are a whiz child, or something of that nature.

I went into Capstone thinking it would be a breeze, based on some of the other posts here, so I almost doubled that up with my elective. SO GLAD I DIDN'T! Capstone is the class where they really test what you learned, and are pretty unforgiving on the grading of all of it, the papers AND discussion boards. I lost 8 points on one paper because of formatting issues. There are two papers and lots of discussion posts. I also had a power point presentation that was 16 slides long! The papers are not long, because they want you to be concise! This class is also hard graded.

I hope this helps! I don't think I violated any rules here by pointing out these things, but if I had known some of this, I would have been able to plan better. Still, I am glad these were the last classes I took. I managed to get out Summa Cum Laude, but I worked my ass of for it! Good luck, and congrats, you are so close!!!

Good job nurselindah! I start Capstone tomorrow. I also heard it was a breeze, but now looking at the syllabus, I quickly realized, this class will not "be a breeze". I just finished Research yesterday and that class was very difficult, however, because it was taught and laid out so well, it was definitely one of the classes I learned the most in. There was blood, sweat and many, many tears though! I would say Research was the hardest class in the program for me. Now I am quite nervous about Capstone. I had that "I'm home free now" feeling all day yesterday, and that feeling is gone! My mentality on learning is, if the class is hard, but has good instructors, anyone can pass. It just takes effort. What I fear is, a hard class with poor instructors. It's a crap shoot. My fingers are crossed. I've had people tell me that were in other BSN programs, how easy theirs was compared to UTA. But I want a BSN that I feel like I earned so I can be proud of it. I will be proud of my BSN from UTA!!! It's a great school!

I thought Vulnerable populations was difficult and the health assessment class was difficult as well. The research class scares me!! If I can pass, hopefully I will take capstone beginning next year.

Hi Melissa,

I just wanted to say that I totally agree with you....health assessment was so hard but I made that class by the grace of GOD. The worse of all classes for me at UTA was research...it seemed like no matter how hard I tried research was just going to not let me have an A in that class...both the test and the article critiques were so difficult for me. I am glad that class is over with....Are you done with your capstone now? how was it?

OK, in research now and it is no joke. This is tough, I managed to maintain an "A' the first two weeks, but this is week 3 and OMG! It is getting hard! The work sheets take forever and I have my first knowledge check coming up-terrified! If I get a "C" and pass, I will be so happy.