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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing

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Entrance Year Sept 2023

Programme Code JS3337

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

5 years

Programme Intake 70

Fund Type Government-Funded

Credits Required for Graduation

116 (plus 41 clinical/field credits)

Programme Leaders

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:

  • BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing

Aims and Characteristics

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.

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. 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.

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