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High Acuity Nursing Concepts NSHA 7050

Nursing Specialty High Acuity Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to beginning concepts in the care of higher acuity medical-surgical patients within the general medical-surgical practice area. The participants will focus on expanding their ability to think critically and engage in participatory relationships; examine the concept of health and explore their understanding of health in order to promote health for this patient population and their families. The participants will explore the lived experience of acute illness while applying the theory of oxygen supply and demand, systematic assessment, and ethical clinical decision-making within the medical-surgical nursing practice environment.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of NSHA 7050 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 42209


Tue Sep 03 - Fri Nov 22 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 42209
  • Domestic fees $637.17
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Nov 22 N/A N/A Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. This course section is an internet-based learning section. Course delivery is in an online format. On the first day of class, log in to to access your course. There are no additional course materials required for this course.

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed May 22, 2024 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

As a healthcare practitioner, you are expected to follow professional standards of practice throughout all SN programs and courses. In this course, you will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, professionalism, and clinical decision-making. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explore the concept of the oxygen supply and demand framework as an organizational tool for the systematic assessment in med-surg nursing practice.
  • Apply oxygen supply and demand theory to patient assessment data
  • Analyze the interrelationships among the determinants of oxygen supply and demand
  • Recognize the significance of the determinants of oxygen supply and demand for end-organ perfusion
  • Examine the necessity of a thorough and systematic nursing assessment including major body systems
  • Explain the purpose, components and processes of a systematic nursing assessment
  • Differentiate the purposes between systematic, focused and emergent types of assessment
  • Apply the nursing assessment process to the oxygen supply and demand framework
  • Explore the purpose of and the necessity for the SBAR communication tool
  • Evaluate the significance of using the nursing assessment and SBAR to effectively communicate and collaborate with health care team members
  • Discuss the decision making model as a tool in decision making
  • Apply the process of clinical decision making
  • Explain the significance of “making a case” to patient care
  • Analyze the significance of evidence-based practice in clinical decision making
  • Reflect on their personal style and development in clinical decision making

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

High Acuity Nursing Concepts (NSHA 7050) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Health Sciences

  1. High Acuity Nursing Specialty
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Specialty Nursing (High Acuity)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time


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