Courses & Units

Foundations of Perioperative Nursing Theory CNA756



Students are expected to have employment or a student placement in an operating room or anaesthetic and recovery environment. This unit uses group work and late enrolment may affect your ability to participate actively.


This unit focuses on exploring the theoretical components of perioperative nursing. The content of this unit will include principles of surgical asepsis, anaesthesia, perioperative nursing roles; and the social, ethical and legal issues relating to perioperative nursing. Applied anatomy, pathophysiology and surgical techniques for endoscopic and general surgery are also explored.


Unit name Foundations of Perioperative Nursing Theory
Unit code CNA756
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences B
Teaching staff

School of Health Sciences

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2016 23/3/2016 11/4/2016 27/5/2016

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

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $782.00 2016: $2,303.00 060301

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.




Teaching Pattern



Online discussion (2000 words) 40%; Essay (2500 words) 60%

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Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.

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