Courses & Units

Cardiovascular Nursing 3 CNA520



This unit is only available to registered nurses.


This unit focuses on understanding the theoretical principles of caring for the person experiencing acute or chronic cardiac, cardiovascular or thoracic conditions. Students will apply their understanding of the pathophysiological nature of disease states, including clinical diagnostics, with a particular emphasis on contemporary interventional modalities for the management of acute coronary syndrome and cardiac failure. Case based learning will guide knowledge development in related cardiovascular and thoracic conditions.


Unit name Cardiovascular Nursing 3
Unit code CNA520
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Jacqueline Colgan
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 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 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theories related to caring for patients with acute or chronic cardiac or cardiothoracic conditions.
  • Provide evidence of the ability to critically analyse and respond to common investigations for example, cardiac catheterisations, electrocardiography, echocardiography or laboratory results using evidence based research.
  • Critically analyse the evidence based recommendations that support nursing care of people with cardiovascular and cardiothoracic conditions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060399 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,615.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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AssessmentQuiz (10%)|Essay (50%)| (40%)
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Olson, K. (Ed.). (2014). Oxford handbook of cardiac nursing. Oxford University Press.


Perpetua, E.M. and Keegan, P., 2020. Cardiac Nursing. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Olson, K. ed., 2021. Oxford handbook of cardiac nursing. Oxford University Press

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