Doctor of Nursing Programme

The Award

This is a four-year part-time taught programme leading to the award of a Doctor of Nursing degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Programme Description

The Doctor of Nursing Programme (DNurs) is practice-focused, and students are required to complete 42 units of courses and an Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) project. This programme is designed to prepare master’s-prepared nurse clinicians and executive leaders for the highest level of clinical practice to improve health and healthcare outcomes, and to translate research into practice. Our students are expected to build on their existing knowledge to develop advanced clinical and leadership expertise in dealing with complex health conditions across the continuum of care.

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • develop clinical reasoning skills and expertise in advanced nursing
  • translate nursing inquiry to guide practice and improve quality of care and health outcomes for individuals and
  • design, implement and evaluate models of care based on the integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge to address complex health needs of individuals and
  • apply leadership, management, professional collaboration and client-professional partnership knowledge and skills in developing innovative solutions to complex health
  • demonstrate specialty competencies needed for advanced nursing

Programme Structure

Students are given the option to choose between two specialty concentrations – clinical concentration or management concentration. Students are required to complete 8 core courses, 3 specialty courses in the selected specialty concentration and 2 elective courses across the four-year study period.

Core Course
  • Healthcare Management and Leadership
  • Transforming Health Care through Professional Collaborations and Client-professional Partnership
  • Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Nursing Practice in a Global Context
  • DNurs Project Series I: Nursing Inquiry
  • DNurs Project Series II: Project Planning
  • DNurs Project Series III: Project Implementation
  • DNurs Project Series IV: Project Evaluation & Dissemination
Specialty Course
Clinical concentration

  • Applied Biological Science in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Investigation
  • Therapeutic Design and Management
Management concentration

  • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology
  • Human Resource and Financial Management in Health Care
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
Elective Course
  • Specialisation in Advanced Nursing Practice I
  • Specialisation in Advanced Nursing Practice II
  • Applied Statistics for Evidence-based Practice
  • All courses in the clinical and management concentrations*

* Students enrolled in clinical concentration can choose management concentration courses as their electives and vice versa.

Advanced Nursing Practice in a Global Context

Students will be provided with an intensive overseas clinical shadowing experience in high-quality healthcare organisations. They will also be provided with opportunities and guidance in using reflective approach to optimise their learning outcomes through clinical exposure. By the end of the practicum, they will be able to conduct a critical discussion on how the advanced model in nursing service provision can be applied to different healthcare systems.


This clinical practicum will enable students to:

  • critically evaluate the integration of theory and practice in clinical setting.
  • analyse and evaluate different approaches and models of nursing leadership, clinical decision making and advanced nursing practice in clinical setting.
  • critically reflect, analyse, reconsider and examine their own clinical experiences relating to nursing leadership, clinical decision making and advanced nursing practice.
  • critically evaluate the healthcare outcomes in relation to different approaches in nursing leadership, clinical decision making and advanced nursing practice. 

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Mode of Study

Part-time: 4 years

Tuition Fee

HK$7,200 per unit (subject to adjustment)

Admission Requirements

  • Have a Master of Nursing degree or equivalent from a recognised university; and
  • Be a registered nurse and normally possess at least two years of post-registration experience; and
  • Fulfil the English Language and other requirements stipulated by the Graduate School of CUHK (please visit for details); and
  • Attend an interview (if necessary).

Application Deadline

Next intake: September 2023

Application deadline: March 2023


Tel: 3943 3512