CAPSTONE PROJECTS OFFER THOUGHT-LEADERSHIP
Capstones represent the gained competencies and expertise that WGU graduates immediately take into their profession. Only a select few of capstones are awarded for excellence. Sharing these work samples is just one of the ways that WGU supports continuing education through relevant industry ideas and research.

Capstone Excellence Awards

As an alum, you can read through any of the shared capstones in the Capstone Excellence Archive.  Below, choose either graduate or undergraduate work—or peruse the featured topics, hand-selected for our alumni readers.





Preconfigured Perl Environment for Students

The submission provides exceptional detail to describe the background, need, and actual development for the Perl environment project for students. The depth of explanation in each of the areas, along with the underlying rationale of the project demonstrates clear mastery of the purpose of the capstone.

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Posted on 9/20/2017
[Company Name] Central Services and Records Division

The [Company Name], a state-governmental agency created through a legislative action in [Year], is headquartered in [City Name] and is comprised of seven divisions. The [Company Name] is responsible for a broad range of diverse programs which include driver licensing, vehicle registration, titling, motor carrier services, fuel taxation, vehicle emissions and automobile dealer regulation. 

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Game Based Learning’s (GBL) Impact on Foreign Language (FL) Vocabulary Acquisition

This study investigated the integration of the foreign language vocabulary learning app, Lingo Arcade, into a global learning instructional unit given to two first grade classes at XYZ school located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Increasing Understanding of Science Content Through Inquiry-Based Learning

The purpose of this mixed-methods action research study was to determine if using inquiry-based methods of designing and implementing instruction in science would improve student understanding of the required science concepts, processes, and procedures students must master during fifth grade.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Development of a Nursing Peer Review Process

A nursing peer review (NPR) is a formal process by which nurses are referred for a nurse peer evaluation when patient care problems are identified. It has achieved acceptance by the nursing profession as a method to improve nursing quality and safety. The NPR will help organizations to increase quality scores, improve perception of nursing as a self-governed profession, and promote quality care to patient delivery.

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Posted on 9/20/2017
Volume Surge: An Evidence Based Solution

Problem Identification: The problem identified was [Facility Name] was routinely leaving approximately 20 patients in the emergency room overnight due to a lack of available licensed inpatient beds. If patients who are designated as inpatient are left in the ED overnight, then no inpatient orders are obtained and implemented.

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Choosing and Using Cloud Services

Why should an organization choose and use cloud-hosted business applications? How should the organization implement the cloud services to assure that they preserve (and improve) their information confidentiality, integrity, and availability?

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Development of a Mentorship Program to Improve Nurse Retention

Hospitals across the country are experiencing a shortage of registered nurses and this problem is expected to intensify in the future. There are many factors contributing to this problem such as an aging workforce, rising elderly population, shortage of nursing faculty, and nursing turnover resulting from increased stress and poor job satisfaction.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Integrating Secure Wireless Networking in a Classified Intelligence Community Environment

Architects of classified networks, in the context of mandatory access control levels applied to United States Government national security information, have traditionally eschewed wireless technologies.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
The Essay Formula: How Can Instructors Better Prepare Students for Extended Response Essays?

The research study discussion which follows was designed to ameliorate the deficiencies students’ exhibited while creating extended response essays. The mixed-methods study took place in an independent-study model high school with 900 students located in [City Name], CA. 

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Development of a Music Therapy Policy

Pain can be a debilitating diagnosis that many people face every day. In the hospital setting pain is a common occurrence. Patients who have had surgery usually develop severe pain levels postoperatively. The problem facing the current nursing practice at [Medical Center Name] is a high incidence of uncontrolled pain levels.

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Posted on 9/25/2017
TPA Teacher Work Sample Capstone

The candidate has created an excellent sequence of lesson plans to help third graders become confident writers. Graphic organizers assist students in learning components of informational paragraphs including topic and closing sentences, organizing details, and adding transition words.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Brewery Management System

The Brewery Management System has been implemented, and has become an integral part of [Entity Name]'s daily operations. This capability provides the competitive edge of adopting advanced technologies.

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Use of Student Portfolios to Improve Writing for ELLs

The purpose of this action research study addressed the questions: (1) what happens to ESL student writing scores when a portfolio system is implemented to explicitly teach writing skills, (2) what benefits of the portfolio system are evident to parents of struggling ESL students, and (3) how would ESL instructors perceive the use of porfolios in teaching writing skills.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Implementing​ ​a​ ​Learning​ ​Management​ ​System

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of educational courses or training programs. With technology becoming more prevalent every day, public school districts must recognize the need to incorporate learning in a total or partial virtual environment.

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Posted on 11/13/2017
The Effect of Physical Activity on Student Off-Task Behavior

Student classroom behavior can either improve or hinder student learning depending on whether the student is on- or off-task. Disruptive behavior leads to interruptions to crucial instruction time where students can take time away from their own learning experience and the learning experiences of their classmates.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Implementing a Person-Centered Volunteer Training Program for Elderly Residents in Long Term Care to Improve Quality of Life

The topic of this action research project was determining the impact of implementing a PersonCentered Care and related therapies training program for volunteers and CNAs working with residents with dementia in a long term care setting.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Language Learning Motivation

Indigenous language revitalization efforts have been on-going at a Hawaiian immersion charter school since 2000. The problem is that students lack language learning skills to motivate them to speak and learn Hawaiian language. The purpose of this mixed methods action research study is to determine the impact of language learning strategies on use of the target language and student motivation for language learning at a Hawaiian immersion school.

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Posted on 11/13/2017
Maintaining Security while Enhancing Resilience in the Cloud

Migrating a business’s information systems, applications, and infrastructure to a “cloud” environment can be a difficult task, especially with the added charge of securely transferring confidential business/personal data while maintaining and enhancing security and resilience while operating in the “cloud”. The purpose of this project was to develop a plan/roadmap for a small software development consulting company, DRU Inc., to ensure data security during migration to the “cloud” and maintaining /enhancing security after it is operational in the “cloud.”

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Posted on 9/20/2017
TPA Teacher Work Sample Capstone

The nomination states: Masterfully created plans that include the use of the text, "Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie, a three-step analysis process, and a Socratic Seminar represent clear attention to the needs of students and effective teaching practices. 

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Posted on 6/29/2017
Secure Configuration Management Program

This document provides the outcome of the Secure Configuration Management and Compliance program implementation for Company Z. The purpose of the program was to design secure configuration standards and baseline templates to be deployed to IT assets including servers, workstations, and network infrastructure devices.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Policy Development for Nursing Recruitment and Retention in an Organization Serving Developmentally Disabled

Ensuring adequate nursing staff levels in any environment can be challenging. In the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities it is even more challenging while continuing to provide health quality to the care of the individuals who receive support from an agency. It was identified that this organization had no policy to recruit or retain nurses. A plan was developed to create an agency wide policy to improve recruitment and retention of nurses at this agency.

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Playing Around With FANBOYS

Increasing the correct usage of grammar is an important issue, one that transfers from school to the workplace. The ability for an author write allows their readers to make meaning from the written word. These skills are important in secondary, college, and in careers.

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Posted on 6/29/2017
Overcoming cultural and socioeconomic disparities by incorporating technology in kidney transplant patient education

In recent years, there has been an increase in patients being referred to the student’s kidney transplant center. A great number of patients live in lower socioeconomic communities. Some these communities are within [Location Name] region but also as far as two to three hours away.

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Posted on 9/20/2017
Improving Door to Balloon Time with Pre-Hospital EKG Transmission and Field STEMI Activations

Since the advent of coronary angioplasty, this treatment has become the gold standard of care for patients suffering from a myocardial infarction. As more advanced treatments evolve in the cardiac cath lab, other factors are emerging as areas of focus to further improve the outcomes of this patient population.

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Posted on 10/20/2017
TPA Teacher Work Sample Capstone

The candidate skillfully embeds language and literacy concepts throughout lessons centered around Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Students are guided to recall what they have learned, engage in interactive discussions, and learn how to compare details within an active and developmentally appropriate learning environment.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
MBA Capstone - Simulation Model

A proposal to reduce system down time for a software/service provider is presented with extensive detail. The description of business functional areas and the thoroughness of the recommendations are extraordinary.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
DDoS Attack Mitigation

DDoS attacks range from the nuisance level to potentially crippling parts of the internet. Today we see 800 gigabits to 1.2 terabits sized attacks becoming common with some estimates of current Internet of Things or IoT botnets having multiple terabits of attack capabilities. IoT botnets though are just one type of DDoS delivery method and type of attack.

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Posted on 9/25/2017
MBA Capstone - Simulation Model

A business proposal to help a company in the fitness industry increase its financial health is skillfully presented. The document includes superb organization and detail throughout.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Automated NERC CIP Compliance Solution

In 2016, [Entity Name] took the initiative to review the new CIP version 5 standards and considered their impact on D&T operations and, specifically, the D&T SCADA system. Since [Entity Name] is a major transmission operator in North America, they are subject to complying with these new standards by end May 31, 2017. Failing to comply with NERC standard could have serious financial impact on the company.

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Posted on 6/30/2017
Electronic Prescribing

Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) can be completed in many types of healthcare settings where providers are prescribing medications to patients that will be filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Health Informatics and Information Management in Home Health

Modern healthcare organizations including home health agencies rely on the accuracy, integrity, reliability, and accessibility of health information for a multitude of functions in addition to providing quality patient care, including quality initiatives and reimbursement. 

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Policy Development for the Use and Care of a Wireless Communication System by Staff

Improving communication pathways within healthcare environments is an important aspect of improving quality of care within healthcare organizations. An organizational plan to implement a new wireless communication system was identified as lacking a use and care policy to guide staff behavior and outline administrative expectations. The plan for addressing the policy development consisted of attaining project approval, consideration of preceptor guidance, and an extensive literature review to support the evidence-based rationale for the policy creation.

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Posted on 9/20/2017
Addressing the CLABSI: Dual Nurse Verification for Dressing Changes

The number of central line-associated blood stream infection [CLABSI] on the inpatient oncology care [Unit Name] was eleven in 2016, with 2017 showing a disappointing trend in infection rates. Daily chlorhexidine [CHG] bathing was already implemented, with audits showing poor compliance.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
The Effectiveness of Explicit Grammar Mini-Lessons in Writer’s Workshop

This action research investigated the effectiveness of using targeted, explicit mini-lessons on specific grammar skills within the Writer’s Workshop model for a multi-age classroom of 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. Additionally, student attitudes about the effectiveness of explicit grammar mini-lessons were explored.

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Posted on 11/13/2017
Implementing Service Learning in a Family and Consumer Science Class

This action research study focuses on the effectiveness of using service learning as an instructional strategy to teach high school students basic sewing skills. The participants consisted of 17 high school students in a one-semester fashion and textiles sewing class. 

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Emailing Protected Health Information

The health information manager sits in an office just adjacent to the release of information reception desk where three specialist process disclosures of health information. Normally the hum of the telephone ringing and conversation floats in and out without much thought. Today, however, the voices appear to be a little louder with a tone of frustration.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports impact on Classroom Management

The purpose of this action research is to understand the relationship between Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program (PBIS) and improving Classroom Management. The questions that guided this research included: RQ1: How is classroom management related to PBIS as measured by student discipline referrals? Also, RQ2: How is classroom management effectiveness, as measured by classroom observations, influenced by PBIS strategies?

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Posted on 11/13/2017
Improving the Discharge Process

In the neurological, orthopedic and wound care unit at [Medical Center Name], an acute care hospital in Southern California, discharges are delayed because patients’ needs are not assessed and addressed in a timely manner. 

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Posted on 10/20/2017
TPA Teacher Work Sample Capstone

The candidate skillfully connects language and literacy concepts to a science unit on bugs. Students sing songs, listen to rhymes, use whole body motions, write sentences, and participate in a word-scavenger hunt while learning about the body parts of insects.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Agency X IT Operational Security Project Report

Risk is inevitable in any Information Technology environment. In all IT settings, large, small, or in-between, security risks must be fully understood in order to mitigate or remediate as many potential problems or attack vectors as possible.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports impact on Classroom Management

The purpose of this action research is to understand the relationship between Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program (PBIS) and improving Classroom Management. The questions that guided this research included: RQ1: How is classroom management related to PBIS as measured by student discipline referrals? Also, RQ2: How is classroom management effectiveness, as measured by classroom observations, influenced by PBIS strategies?

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Posted on 11/13/2017
Implementing Triad Rounding in High Risk Patients

Skilled Nursing Facility readmission rates for non-elective or avoidable 30-day hospital readmissions from [Hospital Group Name] have continued to rise over the last five years and have struggled to meet Northern California’s Regional Readmission Reduction goals.

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Posted on 9/20/2017
A Proactive Approach to Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a specialized department within the hospital that treats a variety of critical illnesses. One of the common, major health problems seen in ICU is Delirium. Delirium is often underdiagnosed, unseen, untreated, and unrecognized. This problem can result in long-term cognitive dysfunction, neurological dysfunction, and death. 

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Standardizing Pre-Procedure Patient Instructions

A cardiology specialty branch of a medical group provides patients an array of healthcare services, included cardiology procedures. The specialty practice spans across seven sites in the region. 

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Quality in Healthcare: Why HEDIS?

A comprehensive and superbly detailed assessment of the quality initiative reporting program known as Healthcare Effectiveness Data & Information Set (HEDIS) is provided. Significant detail presented in an authoritative manner is evident throughout, especially noted within the discussion of the evolution of quality programs in the healthcare industry and in examining impacts of HEDIS specifically to the HIIM profession and professional. The CEA certificate is included with the artifacts below.

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Posted on 9/20/2017
M.A.D. Board: Making a Difference

This author had conversations with nurses who decided to leave The [Department Name]. Their reasons for leaving included long hours, poor wages, felt unappreciated, and burned out. They wanted a voice within their practice. Nurse turnover can lead to nurses being overwhelmed with higher patient loads, sicker patients, and decreased employee satisfaction. This can lead to a decrease in the quality of patient care putting patients at a higher risk for sentinel events. 

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Posted on 10/20/2017
Improving Nursing Communication

Nursing communication is an opportunity within this organization to improve clinical care, patient satisfaction and nursing satisfaction. Shift change report throughout this organization was an inconsistent process and varied from department to department.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Developing a Guideline for Managing Hypoglycemia in Newborns

Hypoglycemia in term and late preterm newborns account for approximately 10% of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admissions each year. These newborns are needing IV dextrose therapy, entailing a NICU admission, to stabilize blood glucose levels, which are weaned as feedings increase and blood glucose levels are maintained, and this can take several days.

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Posted on 6/30/2017
MBA Capstone - Simulation Model

The proposal designed to address declining fundraising revenue for a parent teacher association is professionally communicated, well supported, and comprehensive. It addresses all of the rubric requirements well, but more importantly, it is a logically presented guide that the client can follow to resolve a critical challenge hindering the success of an organization with an important mission.

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Posted on 8/2/2017
Development of a Diabetes Training Program for the Primary Care Nurse

Diabetes Mellitus has become a global health issue and numbers continue to rise. Primary care providers are the main providers for many diabetics and therefore diagnosis, evaluation, and management is coordinated only in the primary care office. The problem identified was that nurses in primary care were not properly trained to support diabetic patients.

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Posted on 11/13/2017
Creation of an Evidenced Based Practice Nursing Workgroup

Nursing leadership within the cancer center of an academic medical center had identified a lack of nursing participation in EBP. Although the cancer center is part of a larger health system that has formal structure and support to promote EBP, the physical distance and lack of close proximity contributes to decreased nursing involvement.

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Posted on 9/25/2017
Telemedicine: An Overview

Telemedicine is all the rage these days, and is popping up in healthcare news daily it seems. Telemedicine is a relatively new technology that the healthcare industry can utilize to decrease costs, improve access to care, provide greater convenience for patients, and maintain or even improve the overall quality of care.

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Posted on 8/22/2017
Threat and Vulnerability Management

This project choice is the result of the ubiquitous presence of cloud computing providers and the genuine threats that vendors with inadequate security policies regularly experience. The subject of this report [Entity Name] recently saw a widespread infection of the "wanna cry" virus on its network, and this issue precipitated a security review which stands as the primary driver for this project.

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Posted on 9/25/2017
Suicide Prevention Strategies for Clinicians in the Inpatient Setting

In April of 2016, [Facility Name] in [City Name], South Carolina experienced the successful completion of suicide by one of the inpatient psychiatric patients. Coincidentally in April of 2016, JCAHO issued a sentinel event alert on suicide in the inpatient setting mandating that health care providers improve their detection of suicidal ideation in patients and take appropriate steps to improve their safety.

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Posted on 8/22/2017

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