Courses & Units

High Dependency Nursing CNA626



This unit is only available to registered nurses. Students must be employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

Students undertaking critical care nursing , emergency nursing, & anaesthetics & recovery nursing streams are not permitted to enrol in this unit


This unit focuses on the nursing care of patients with high acuity needs in a variety of clinical settings. Students will advance their understanding of high dependency nursing through the application of advanced assessment and physiological monitoring skills. Content examines the physiology and common pathophysiology of the respiratory, cardiac, nervous, endocrine and renal systems. Shock syndromes and the principles of early recognition of the deteriorating patient will also be addressed through the teaching and practical application of emergency life saving skills. Students are expected to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts as they relate to the practice environment.


Unit name High Dependency Nursing
Unit code CNA626
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

School of Health Sciences Staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

About Census Dates

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,360.00 060309

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern



Online Activities (2000 words in total) 50%, Essay (2000 words) 50%

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