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academic-practice collaboration, doctoral program, nursing education, qualitative research, service learning



  1. Bryant, Keneshia PhD, RN
  2. Matthews, Ellyn PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. DeClerk, Leonie DNP, APRN


This article provides an overview of the integration of a pilot service learning (SL) project in a doctoral-level qualitative research course. Faculty partnered with a nonprofit organization that prepares former foster youth for the challenges of adulthood. The project objectives were to (1) increase students' knowledge/skills in qualitative methods, research ethics, and cultural/social issues and (2) promote community collaboration. The outcomes demonstrate that the project was feasible, valuable, and aligned with the principles of SL.