Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry


3 years


95 (plus 35 training credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder will depend on the approved credit transfer.

40 senior year places
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
  • To facilitate the selection, please input your public examination results, such as HKDSE, HKCEE, HKAL, IGCSE, GCEAL, etc., by subject under the "Public Examination section" in eAdmission.  You may refer to the equivalent of Chinese and English for details.
Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & 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 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

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.


Students with sub-degree qualification admitted to the third year of 5-year BSc (Hons) in Nursing programme through Senior Year Admission (SYA) should fulfil all graduation requirements within 3 years.


Total credits requirement for 3-year BSN programme is 95 credits# plus 35 training credits (WIE). The exact credits required for each AD/HD will depend on the approved credit transfer. The below subject list is subject to revision. Please refer to the list below for detailed curriculum:


1. General University Requirements (GUR) (9 credits)


  1. Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) (6 credits)
  2. Service-Learning (SL) (3 credits)
  3. A non-credit-bearing subject “Essential Components of General Education” with the following four e-modules:
    • Academic Integrity (OTAI)
    • Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA)
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE)
    • National Education (NE)

2. Discipline-specific Requirements (121 credits)

a.Discipline-specific subjects for major study (80 credits)

Subject Title and Subject Code Credits Suggested Year Suggested Semester
Basic and Applied Sciences
Human Physiology (ABCT2326) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Human Anatomy (HSS2011) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Clinical Microbiology (SN206) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (SN216) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Nursing Arts and Sciences
Fundamental Concepts of Health and Nursing (SN210) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Fundamentals of Nursing Therapeutics I (SN2121) 3 1 1
Fundamentals of Nursing Therapeutics II (SN2122) 3 1 2
Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing (SN2704) 3 3 1
Nursing Therapeutics III (SN3010) 3 2 2
Nursing Therapeutics IV (SN3011) 3 3 1
Childbearing Family Nursing (SN3180) 3 2 2
Fundamental of Chinese Medicine Nursing (SN3208) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Child and Adolescent Health Nursing (SN3217) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Nursing Therapeutics in Chinese Medicine (SN3302) 3 1 1
Public Health and Infection Control (SN3303) 3 1 2
Information and Communication Technology in Nursing (SN2331) 3 1 1
Caring Concepts (SN332) 3 1 1
Nursing Therapeutics I (SN3490) 3 1 2
Nursing Therapeutics II (SN3430) 3 2 1
Gerontological Nursing (SN402) 3 2 1
Community Health Nursing (SN403) 3 2 1
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Sociology of Health (APSS281) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Applied Psychology (APSS298) ^ 3 N/A N/A
Professional Development
Nursing Research (SN310) 3 2 1
Ethical and Legal Aspects in Health Care (SN380) 3 2 2
Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Health Care (SN440) 3 3 1
Chinese Communication for Nursing (CLC2262P) 2 1 1


b.Capstone Project (6 credits)

Subject Title and Subject Code Credits Suggested Year Suggested Semester
Honours Project (SN435) 6 2 & 3 2 & 1


c.Work-Integrated Education (35 training credits)

1,440 hours of clinical placement must be undertaken in Hospital Authority's hospitals or private hospitals in Hong Kong.

Subject Title and Subject Code Credits Suggested Year Suggested Semester
Clinical Practicum I (SN2196) 6 1 Sem break & Summer
Clinical Practicum II (SN3525) 3 2 Sem break
Clinical Practicum III (SN3537) 8 2 Summer
Clinical Practicum IV (SN3540) 4 2 Summer
Clinical Practicum V (SN3290) 2 3 2
Clinical Practicum VI (SN4380) 12 3 2


# Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.


^ Fundamental subjects will be granted subject-to-subject credit transfer upon satisfactory performance. Credit transfer will not be granted if the grade(s) of corresponding subject(s) completed in sub-degree study does not meet the minimum requirement. Students may be required to take the following fundamental subjects to satisfy the graduation requirement.


Credit Required for Graduation

95 (plus 35 training credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder will depend on the approved credit transfer.

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Kin Cheung
BSc(N) (Alta.), MN (Alta.), PhD (Calf.), Dip(N) (H.K.G.H.S.G.N.), RN(Alta.), RN (H.K.), PgD (OH)

Entrance Requirements

Satisfy the General Entrance Requirements of the University (non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions) and the following specific requirements of this 3-year senior year degree programme:

  • Graduates from a health-related Associate Degree or Higher Diploma comparable to the first two years of the BSc (Hons) in Nursing programme; AND
  • Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; and Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and at least one elective subject from Category A in HKDSE examination (Please refer to the subject list) or equivalent;


Other Information

  • Preference will be given to those who are fluent in written English and Chinese, and in oral English and Cantonese.
  • Students must pass a health check before they can undergo the clinical training.

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 4369; fax: 2364 9663; email: sn.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk; website: sn.polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

PolyU's School of Nursing is the first higher education institute in Hong Kong to offer bachelor’s degree programmes for post-registration nurses and undergraduates. Our teachers are committed to nurturing our clinical skills and competence, as well as critical thinking to prepare us for a challenging nursing career in the future.

With this aim, the School provides state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for delivering lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. The Clinical Skills Laboratories are equipped with advanced simulation systems that provide authentic and safe learning environments for students. In addition, the School has been collaborating with local hospitals and healthcare facilities to offer clinical placements that give opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and understanding of specialty clinical areas and readiness for practice. More importantly, our teachers often emphasise the importance of giving care with empathy.

I am glad to have a chance to study at the PolyU School of Nursing!

Lai Yan Kiu

PolyU’s School of Nursing integrates theories and practice in their undergraduate curricula to nurture graduates that are able to meet evolving healthcare needs and changes in society. Supported by our faculty, who are leaders in the nursing field, innovative educators, and committed researchers, our nursing programmes are advancing nursing education by providing opportunities for students to practise in the School’s nurse-led Integrative Health Clinic, experience high-fidelity patient simulation training, undergo overseas exchange, etc. These learning experiences have given us insights into the nursing profession that have prepared us for our future careers. I am so glad that I chose PolyU.

PolyU is the right university for me. If you are looking for a nursing school that can equip you with professional knowledge and skills, as well as nurture you to be all-round learner, PolyU is your choice.

Tam Ka Man

PolyU’s School of Nursing is Hong Kong’s first tertiary education institution to offer a Nursing degree programme. For more than 45 years, the School has been providing a holistic education that integrates theories and practice, as well as cultivating leadership, research innovation, and social responsibility of nursing students.  

Studying at PolyU is challenging but very rewarding.  I have been given many opportunities to develop my potential.  For example, I participated in a student-initiated innovative project that utilised robots to enhance the learning experience of nursing students.  I had a valuable opportunity to undergo my practicum in Spain, a country renowned for its excellent organ donation system, where I learnd a lot and practise my skills in a different healthcare setting.  I also joined the summer research studentship programme to gain hands-on research experience under the guidance of experienced researchers.

All in all, I have fulfiled my potential in PolyU’s School of Nursing, and I am so glad that I chose PolyU.

Tso Wai Chun
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to assess their language and communication skills and understanding of the nursing discipline.

Date of Interview
Between December and April

About 1 hour

Cantonese and English
Group interview and aptitude test

Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.