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High Acuity Specialty Nursing Theory 2 NSHA 7201

Nursing Specialty High Acuity Course

International Fees

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

Course details

High Acuity Nursing Theory 2 is the third theory course in the High Acuity Specialty Nursing Certificate. In this course, learners will build on the theoretical concepts explored in NSHA 7100, High Acuity Nursing Theory 1 and NSCC 7150, Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management. High Acuity Nursing Theory 2 focuses on caring for patients who are experiencing various complex acute illnesses. NSHA 7201 provides opportunities for the learner to develop an advanced understanding of patients’ experiences of various acute illnesses. The concept of this acute illness also impacting the chronic illness patients may also be suffering from is also introduced in this section. The presence of co-morbidities can create an unpredictable course for the acute illness. This course provides opportunities for the learner to use the high acuity nursing theory to identify the patient’s priority problems and to provide care for complex and acutely ill patient. The skill of being able to interpret the subtle changes in the patient’s condition is what makes the role of the high acuity nurse caring for the acutely ill patient is very important. The theory covered in this course offers the learner the chance to recognize that the identification of priority patient problems and timely interventions can restore imbalances in oxygen supply and demand in order to provide optimum end-organ perfusion.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of NSHA 7201 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 34459


Tue Sep 05 - Fri Mar 22 (24 weeks)

  • 24 weeks
  • CRN 34459
  • $1816.84
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Mar 22 N/A N/A Online

Teresa Gnoato

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. This is an internet-based learning section. This course runs for two terms. Students need to contact the Bookstore in order to obtain course materials for this section. Department approval is needed for this section. Please email for more information.

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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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, hemodynamic instability, acute diabetic complications, acute kidney injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accident and sepsis.
  • Formulate the interrelationships between all determinants of oxygen supply and demand within increasing complex patient situations.
  • Explain how comprehensive assessment findings and pathophysiology of previously mentioned acute illness states inform the oxygen supply and demand balance for high acuity patients.
  • Analyze patient data, form conclusions and prioritize nursing care to optimize oxygen supply and demand for high acuity patients.
  • Apply invasive monitoring and hemodynamic assessment theory to form conclusions about the determinants of cardiac output.
  • Integrate relevant nursing literature to inform personal nursing practice.
  • Support a spirit of inquiry by reflecting on personal knowledge, theory and evidenced-based research related to high acuity nursing practice.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

High Acuity Specialty Nursing Theory 2 (NSHA 7201) is offered as a part of the following programs:

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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