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HNN730 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: H645, H665, H666, H667, H672, H675, H676, H771, H773, H776 or undertaken as a single unit of study.

Unit chair:

Julie Considine




Co-requisite: For students enrolled in H773: HNN731.
All other approved courses: Nil

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1 hour online seminars (recordings provided)


Before enrolment contact the course convenor to discuss your prospective clinical experience.


The aim of this unit is to combine the different components of advanced practice that constitutes the nurse practitioner role encompassing responsibility, accountability and patient-client advocacy. Students will be prepared to integrate advanced patient assessment skills, diagnostic reasoning, mental health, cultural issues and pathophysiology and pharmacology knowledge in the development of a patient management plan for those with complex care requirements. To inform accurate diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making, advanced health assessment requires the nurse practitioner to access and use information accessed through clinical technologies, patient monitoring systems, digital image storage and transfer systems and patient information systems. Students will gain skills in moderating the interface between patients/clients and clinical technologies, the safe and accurate storage and transfer of clinical information, and advanced digital literacy skills. The student will identify abnormal variations from normal physiological health states and critically analyse treatment plans that encompass evidence-based practice and the role and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner, according to their specialty practice of their clinical domain. The student will further develop their research capability in sourcing, accessing, and verifying reliable sources of evidence for practice within the multidisciplinary team.


This unit is a core unit of the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner). In addition to the academic requirements and assessment tasks listed below, students who plan on applying to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner, are required to:

  • Undertake 20 hours of approved clinical placement per week in each trimester of study in the course.
  • Successfully complete at least one Clinical Competency Assessment Tool (CCAT) linked to this unit.
  • Continuously maintain the Professional Portfolio, details of which are provided on the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) course site.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (3000 words) 60%

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