Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Nursing - Nursing
護理學(榮譽)理學士組合課程 - 護理學(榮譽)理學士

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3648

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

5 years

Credit Required for Graduation

116 (plus 35 clinical/field credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
Fund Type
Scheme/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)


Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:

  • BSc (Hons) in Nursing

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

Our mission is to educate young people to pursue professional careers in nursing, one of the world’s most “caring” professions. This innovative academic programme develops students’ competency in delivering quality care, carrying out relevant research, and making significant contributions to the health of the community.


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


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 skills, and our graduates are both leaders in the nursing profession and responsible global citizens.


Our modern facilities include nursing therapeutics laboratories (equipped and furnished as virtual clinical wards with simulation laboratories and other new technologies), mental health nursing laboratories, the Yuen Yuen Institute Chinese Medicinal Nursing Laboratory, the Dorothy Wong Intensive Care Laboratory, Gerontological Nursing Laboratory, the Integrative Health Clinic, 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 healthcare settings, including hospitals, old age homes, day care centres, and other community centres. We also offer a wide range of overseas student exchange programmes. To obtain properly balanced and comprehensive clinical experiences, students have opportunities to adapt to a variety of practicum locations, environments and rotating work schedules.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited 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 or further pursue specialist areas of study.


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 enrol in post-registration clinical training and education at local and overseas institutions.


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



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


Students develop skills in critical inquiry, constantly acquiring new knowledge and using evidence to support their development of generic and all-round attributes such as critical thinking, problem solving and lifelong learning. The course is broad-based, with a strong emphasis on professional education and a flexible curriculum design. It has the following characteristics:

  • A continuous focus on the 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 healthcare. Students gain comprehensive foundational knowledge of anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology, caring concepts, clinical reasoning, and decision making in action.
  • Coverage of 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 engage in evidence-based practice.
  • A specific set of General University Requirement subjects, including Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leadership Education and Development, Healthy Lifestyle, Language and Communication, Service Learning and Broadening subjects, provides our students with a broad knowledge base for holistic professional learning.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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 for details on 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

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2022/23 Average Score: 4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects (with Subject Weighting) = 261.0


2023/24 Flexible Admission Threshold Score: Any Best 5 Subjects (without subject weighting) = 25.0

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For further programme information, please contact
the General Office, School of Nursing
(tel.: 2766 4369; fax: 2364 9663; email:; website:

Student Message

Student Message

My dream came true in 2017, when I enrolled in the PolyU School of Nursing. Over the past four years, I have gained hard and soft nursing skills, such as communication skills, leadership and cultural awareness. These are essential skills for becoming a competent nurse.


I enjoy the liberal and open learning environment of the School of Nursing. Our teachers provide guidance for all students, and my classmates are supportive. They have shaped my values. I have participated in clinical placements and community health services in various local health care settings, and these experiences have broadened my horizons. The School’s exchange programme gave me the opportunity to visit Ningxia and Yangzhou in mainland China, where I met local students and learned about their culture.


PolyU encourages invention and innovation. I received a scholarship to support my self-initiated mobile apps project. In addition, my team received an honourable mention in a one-minute video competition organised by the PolyU Health, Safety and Environment Office. Our video “Rainbow Hands” (七色彩虹手) uses the seven colours in the rainbow to simply demonstrate the seven steps of hand hygiene. My life at PolyU has been fruitful!

Ip Ka Yan Lorelei

The five-year Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing programme does more than nurture students to become competent Registered Nurses. The School also cares about students’ learning experience. The School offers a broad range of subjects of study, enabling us to find the right mix of subjects to suit our interests. Interactive lectures and laboratory sessions have given me an enjoyable and effective learning experience. The clinical placement provides us with opportunities to link theories with real practice situations and patient expectations. I applied the knowledge and skills that I had learned in the clinical setting, and the training improved my critical thinking and communication skills.


Participating in the School’s overseas exchange programme was one of the best experiences of my university life. I made new friends with different cultural backgrounds and learned more about the healthcare system in another country. The programme broadened my horizons and cultivated my interest in global healthcare issues.

Yeung Yu Ho

I did not have big dreams when I was young; all I wanted to do was to take good care of my parents when they grew old. Therefore, jobs in the medical field, such as nursing, have always been my first career choice. In my JUPAS application, the PolyU Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing programme was at the top of my list.


This programme has helped me better understand the roles and duties of nurses. Nurses are no longer merely assistants to doctors. The three “H”s – using our heads, hands and hearts – guide our nursing practice. Knowledge, professional judgment, advanced nursing skills, and kind-heartedness are the requisites of a competent nurse.


Finally, I am grateful to my teachers and professors for their guidance and encouragement, and to my classmates for their support. Although there have been some hard times during our studies, we have all learned a lot.

Yung Wai Kiu

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Additional Documents Required

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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

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