Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Department Name when Degree Awarded

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Jill Cornelison

Department Affiliation


Second Advisor

Melanie A. Johnson

Department Affiliation



Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a preventable cancer but prevention can only occur through screening. Screenings are recommended for those 50 to 75 years of age, however rates remain low with 25.6 percent having never been screened and 7.1 percent not up-to-date. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends strategies such as education to increase screening rates. Education may be used to inform and motivate individuals to be screened. Research supports the use of educational activities in a community setting to increase CRC knowledge and increase CRC screening rates. A group educational program using the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign materials was conducted in a community senior center. This project was in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice at Eastern Kentucky University. The purpose of the project was to increase knowledge about CRC. The Screen for Life Campaign quiz was utilized to assess change in knowledge using a pre-test/post-test design. A convenience sample of nine seniors participated in the educational program and completed the assessment. There was a significant increase in mean scores from pre- to post- test (p < .007). This project supports the use of education to increase CRC knowledge.

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

EKU 2587

Included in

Nursing Commons