Sept 2022 EntryProgramme code: JS3337
116 (plus 41 clinical/field credits)
Dr Sau-Fong Leung
PhD (Syd.), MSc (HC) [PolyU (H.K.)], BN (Syd.), Dip(PN) (H.K.G.H.S.P.N.), PRegDip(N) (H.K.Poly.), RN (H.K.), RN (N.S.W.), RN (U.K.C.C.), RNT (H.K.)
Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
Our mission is to equip young people to take up professional careers in mental health nursing, one of the world’s most “caring” professions. This innovative academic programme develops students’ competence in delivering high-quality care, carrying out relevant research and making significant contributions to mental healthcare services.
Students develop skills in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, therapeutic communication and the management of change in mental health nursing. They also learn how to work both independently and with other healthcare professionals to provide high-quality mental healthcare in a range of contexts, from psychiatric clinical settings to community mental health services.
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. This programme builds on our successful experience of conducting the psychiatric stream of the part-time Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing programme, which is accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.
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 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.
In this programme, field practice is arranged in a variety of healthcare settings, including general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric rehabilitation units, community psychiatric nursing services, mental health out-reaching services and other community settings. We also offer a wide range of overseas student exchange opportunities.
The programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong, and graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses (Psychiatric).
Graduates are eligible to become Registered Nurses (Psychiatric) in Hong Kong. They can find employment in the Hospital Authority, government departments and non-government organisations.
Graduates can also find employment opportunities in various mental health settings, such as major psychiatric hospitals in Hong Kong, psychiatric units of general hospitals, and various rehabilitation sectors run by non-government organisations.
Graduates may also pursue further studies. They can pursue the Master of Science in Nursing programme or other postgraduate programmes offered by the School.
Graduates may also undertake research work or work overseas.
This is a 5-year full-time programme leading to registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong as a Registered Nurse (Psychiatric). The programme aims to equip students to become competent, creative, and caring practitioners of psychiatric/mental health nursing and to apply their creativity and critical thinking skills in the care of their clients.
The programme equips students to provide holistic care that encompasses safe, ethical, legal, and culturally sensitive nursing therapeutics provided to clients of all ages and their families in various mental healthcare settings, recognising their central role in managing mental healthcare. Students have opportunities to develop sensitivity through interactions with individuals, families, groups, communities, and other healthcare providers. Through their participation in the healthcare system, they are prepared to become key players in health promotion and care for psychiatric patients.
The programme curriculum is based on the Bio–Psycho–Social Model of Psychiatric Nursing Care and includes the following major content:
Information on the subjects offered can be found here.
Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.
For admission to the BSc(Hons) in Mental Health 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):