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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: JS3648

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
School of Nursing
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

5 years

Credit Required for Graduation

116 (plus 35 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake 193
Fund Type Government-Funded

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Mak Yim-wah
PhD (HK), MSc (Health Care) (HK), BHSc (Nursing) (Australia), RN (HK), RM (HK), Tobacco Treatment Specialist (HK, USA), FHKAN (Education & Research - Education) and FHKAN (C&PH- Community Health)

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

Our mission is to educate young people for professional careers in nursing, one of the world's most caring professions. This innovative academic programme develops the students' competency to deliver quality care, carry out relevant research and make significant contributions to the health of the community.


Students master the skills of clinical reasoning, communication and the use of technology. They also learn how to work efficiently alone, or with other health care professionals, in providing quality health care.


Programme Characteristics

PolyU was the first university in Hong Kong to provide a pre-registration degree programme in nursing. Our innovative approaches to learning and teaching enhance our students' critical thinking and clinical decision making. Our graduates would become the preferred graduates/leaders for the nursing profession and responsible global citizens.


Our modern facilities include Nursing Therapeutics Laboratories, Mental Health Nursing Laboratories, The Yuen Yuen Institute Chinese Medicinal Nursing Laboratory, the Dorothy Wong Intensive Care Laboratory, the Integrative Health Clinic, the PolyU-Henry G. Leong Mobile Integrative Health Centre, the Centre for Smart Health, the Herbal Medicine Learning Centre, the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services, and the Yuen Yuen Institute Learning Resources Centre.


Field practice is arranged in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, old age homes, day care centres and other community centres. We also offer a wide range of overseas student exchange programmes.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accreditated by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong and graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses (General). 


Career Prospects

Graduates are eligible to become Registered Nurses (General) in Hong Kong. They can find employment in numerous clinical and community settings, and develop the specialist areas of study that they choose.


The majority of graduates work in the health sector, either under the Hospital Authority or in private organisations such as private hospitals or old age homes. Some graduates undertake research work.


Other graduates pursue further studies. Many of our graduates have been accepted for post-registration clinical training and education in local and overseas institutions.


Some graduates work overseas after obtaining the proper licences from foreign countries.


This is a 5-year full-time programme leading to registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong as a Registered Nurse (General). The programme equips students for holistic care that encompasses safe, ethical, legal and culturally sensitive nursing therapeutics to be provided to clients of all ages and their families in various healthcare settings.


Students develop abilities in critical inquiry, constantly acquiring new knowledge and using the evidence to support opportunities to develop generic and all-rounded attributes, such as critical thinking, problem solving and life-long learning. Broad-based with strong fundamentals in professional education and a flexible curriculum design with study options, the programme has the following characteristics:

  • A continuous focus on our philosophical underpinnings of the concepts of person, environment, health, nursing and caring along with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and person-centred care, the programme embraces introductory and applied subjects, as well as biological, social sciences and humanities subjects to develop students’ understanding of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of the human condition and health care. Anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology, caring concepts and clinical reasoning and decision making in action provide a foundation for the students.
  • It covers nursing therapeutics, child and adolescent health nursing, childbearing family nursing, adult nursing, mental health nursing, gerontological nursing, community health nursing, nursing therapeutics in Chinese medicine and nursing research.
  • Supervised field studies allow students to integrate theory and practice.
  • An honours project with capstone experience enables students to apply their knowledge of nursing research and appreciate evidence-based practice.
  • A specific set of General University Requirement subjects such as Leadership and Intra-personal Development, Freshman Seminar, Healthy Lifestyle, Language and Communication, Service Learning and broadening subjects provides our students with a broad knowledge base for holistic professional learning.
  • The programme runs from simple to complex, applying various teaching methods, simulated practice and problem-solving processes.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


For admission to the BSc(Hons) in Nursing, students must have Level 3 or above in at least two HKDSE elective subjects from Category A. Please refer to www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/hkdse/assessment/subject_information/ for details of the HKDSE subject categories.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Liberal Studies
  • Biology
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics

Other Information

  • Preference will be given to those who are fluent in written English and Chinese, and in oral English and Cantonese.
  • For applicants with the same admission score, preference will be given to those who have studied the Applied Learning subject, Health Care Practice.
  • Students must pass a health check before clinical training.

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 23.9 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

2017-18: 27.9 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)

2018-19: 27.8 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office, School of Nursing
Tel: 2766 4369; Fax: 2364 9663; email: sn.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk; Website: sn.polyu.edu.hk