Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing Programme

  • non-JUPAS
The Award
  • This is a five-year full-time credit-based honours programme leading to the award of a Bachelor of Nursing degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mode of Study
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Subject to previous qualification obtained, students may be considered for admission with Advanced Standing.
Programme Description

The programme prepares students for registration as general registered nurses with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong. Graduates of the programme are qualified to provide quality patient care and promote the health of people in today’s increasingly technological and complex healthcare environment. The main subjects of study include biological and behavioural sciences, health promotion and maintenance, nursing practice and theory, nursing research and information technology. Students also gain experience in the care of clients in both community and hospital settings.

Programme Structure

The programme is well designed and integrated across five study years to prepare students to become professional nursing practitioners with a strong foundation in theory and knowledge. Beginning with knowledge- and skill-based training, the programme covers all aspects of nursing, from basic nursing to nursing care for individuals with complex health problems.

Students are required to take four courses in the Faculty Package and 40 major courses (112 credit units in total) in the programme.

Admission Requirements

For JUPAS Admissions
The minimum programme requirements for applicants undertaking the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) are as follows:

  • Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language; and
  • Level 2 in Mathematics (Compulsory Part) and Liberal Studies; and
  • Level 3 in two electives (one of which is preferably Biology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Integrated Science or Physics).

For non-JUPAS Admissions
Applicants shall be eligible to apply for admission if they possess knowledge of Chinese and be fluent in Cantonese, and with any of the following qualification: 

  • GCE-AL/International-AL (passes 3AL/2AL+2AS in one sitting); or
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma; or
  • Other high school qualification: A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated; or
  • Post-secondary qualifications.

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Career Prospects and Further Study

The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK has nurtured over 5,000 graduates in the past quarter century. Graduates of our undergraduate nursing programme are qualified to work as Registered Nurses (General) in community and hospital settings, for example but not limited to surgical nursing, medical nursing, pediatric nursing, oncology nursing, orthopaedic nursing, emergency nursing, and primary health care. Graduates may pursue specialty training such as midwifery nursing. Those with good results may also pursue postgraduate studies, leading to career promotion as nurse specialists, nurse consultants, clinical managers, administrators or educators. Over the years, our graduates have enjoyed good prospects and demonstrated excellence in the advancement of their nursing career. Many of them are now outstanding leaders in their respective areas, making important contributions to the nursing and healthcare development in Hong Kong.

In celebrating the School’s Silver Jubilee, the ‘CUHK Nethersole School of Nursing 25th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Awards’ were presented to recognize our alumni’s outstanding achievements in health or social care or other particular fields as well as their notable contributions to the society.

Find out more about the CUHK Nethersole School of Nursing 25th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award recipients HERE.

Community Services

The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK is dedicated to nurturing healthcare professionals with compassion. Students from the Bachelor of Nursing Programme have actively participated in a wide range of voluntary and community services. Some students will also take the lead to organise community projects.

Community Services by Nursing Society
The Nursing Society is committed to providing various voluntary service opportunities to the nursing students. Each year, they organise community services such as community health check, visit to children’s home and elderly centre, etc.

Highlights from recent voluntary services:

CU CHAMPION (Community Health And Medication-safety Promotion Inter-school Outreach Network)

Launched in 2013, the CU CHAMPION is an inter-professional service learning programme which aims at promoting health and medication safety in the community. As of October 2017, the CU CHAMPION has served over 13,000 citizens in Hong Kong. We are delighted to have two nursing students who have participated in the CU CHAMPION to share with us their memorable volunteer experiences, and what they have learned from voluntary work.

Sharing from Jing Tsi Law (BN Year 5 student) & Yan Lok Wong (BN Year 3 students)


Student Exchange Programme

Student Exchange Programme is one of the major elective courses in the Bachelor of Nursing programme. Nearly half of the final year students are able to participate in a 2- to 3- week exchange programme to visit universities outside Hong Kong. This course aims to provide students with opportunities to learn about nursing and healthcare systems in Mainland China and overseas as well as to gain cross cultural insights for better understanding of different approaches to nursing education and practice. The School sponsors 75% of the airfare and accommodation expenses and all the fees for scheduled lectures and clinical visits during the exchange.

For sharing from students, please click HERE.

Student Ambassadors

The Nethersole School of Nursing always treasures students as the most important members and resources of the School. In order to maintain a closer connection with students and to enhance their leadership potentials, the School introduced a Student Ambassador Programme in September 2008. The main objectives of this Programme are:

  • To promote understanding and partnership between students and the School;
  • To develop students' enthusiasm and capability in promoting the School and the nursing profession;
  • To explore students' leadership potentials and strengthen their self-confidence;
  • To enhance students' communication and presentation skills as well as their abilities in organizing promotional events; and
  • To help students widen their views and understanding of nursing, education and society.

​Every year more than 20 enthusiastic and highly motivated students are recruited from the five study years of the Bachelor of Nursing programme as student ambassadors of the School. Training activities are organized to promote academic and professional development of the ambassadors and to encourage their active participation in the Programme.

For sharing from student ambassadors, please click HERE.

Nursing Society—Student Sharing

SIN Cheuk Pong, Bongo (President of CUHK Nursing Society)

Hi everyone! I am the President of the 24th Nursing Society, CUHK. A year has already passed and many precious memories were created.

Since last year, a number of events and activities have been organised successfully. We have tried our best in organising the Inauguration Ceremony, the Spring Dinner, the Health Check for the aged and the Orientation Camp, to name but a few.

I would like to express my gratitude to CUHK Nethersole School of Nursing for always being so supportive to our activities, and also to the professors, teachers and students of the BNurs programme for their active participation. Certainly these activities would not have been that successful without their support and participation!

Welcome all Year 1 and senior-year intake BNurs students to our nursing family, which is filled with love, care and happiness. We are going to organise a singing context and several other events soon. Please feel free to join! 


CHAN Kei Lam, Kary (President of Shaw College Nursing Society)

It is my pleasure to be a nursing student at CUHK, where I can learn professional skills and develop passionate attitude for my future career. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study in the Nethersole School of Nursing with supportive teachers and classmates.

Being the President of the Nursing Society was a new but enjoyable challenge for me in the first year of my university life. It’s never an easy task to coordinate with 8 committee members who have different personalities and different ways in handling problems. We knew nothing about each other at the beginning; but fortunately with concerted efforts, we finished all the tasks and overcame all the obstacles with laughter and tears. Throughout the year, many events such as the Valentine’s Day Charity Sale, the College Photo Day and community services were organised by our Nursing Society. These events helped me catch a glimpse of the glamorous university life and taught me to bear the responsibility to serve. For example, we worked together overnight preparing food and decorations for over 70 graduates on the College Photo Day. It was a tough job but still we were delightful especially when seeing the smiley faces of the students, making all our hard work worthwhile! Perhaps this is the reason motivating us to join the Nursing Society to serve the nursing students of our college.

It is my honour to take up the role of the President of the Nursing Society and learn to be a mature leader capable of dealing with different challenges and maintaining good interpersonal relationships with other people. I’ll never regret for the decision I have made, which indeed provides me with a golden opportunity to broaden my horizons and become a better me. I am eager to share my valuable learning experience and pass on the Nethersole spirit to students in the coming year.


CHIU Long Yi, Maki (President of Chung Chi College Nursing Society)

Hello! I am Maki Chiu, the President of the Chung Chi College Nursing Society. Looking back on what our Society has achieved in the past year, I can feel a strong sense of pride and accomplishment in my heart. If you ask me, “What would you consider as the most demanding thing in your university life?” My answer, undoubtedly, is being the leader of the student society. Being the President, not only do I need to get along with my fellow committee members, but I also have to know their abilities and strengths for effective allocation of work. In the beginning, we didn’t know each other very well. But after successfully organising several activities together, we have built up a closer relationship with each other. The memories of the Spring Dinner, the College Photo Day and the Orientation Camp are still vivid in my mind. Externally, I need to touch base and liaison with nursing societies of different colleges. Maintaining a good relationship with them is crucial in uniting all nursing students together. I have had a fruitful year and with all these experiences, I have become a more mature and considerate person.

Being considerate, passionate and cooperative is essential for our future career, not to mention being a professional nurse. I have never regretted making such a leap, and I sincerely hope that all of you can join us.


IP Mau Him, Vson (President of United College Nursing Society) 

Being the President of the United College Nursing Society is a little step to enrich my university life at the start. Many people asked me, “Why did you choose to be the President?” I answered, “When you take one more step, you can see one more thing–this is the reason I want to try.” 
So, what have I learnt in this role? 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
Our Society has a role in organising various activities and services for nursing students, such as the Valentine’s Day Charity Sale, the College Photo Day and community services for older adults. Problems and difficulties emerged abruptly in the planning and implementation process. Hence, it would not have been possible to smoothly run the events without my 13 supportive committee members putting their heads together. Everyone has their own strengths and abilities that are worth learning or referencing. It is an arduous journey, but it gives me lots of precious memories and joyful moments. 

Hardship is good for personal growth. 
People tend to escape from difficulties which, however, are key to unleash our potential. Being the President, I must get my ducks in a row and get the show on the road even in stressful situations. All these difficulties enhance my resilience and mental toughness. 

I am very pleased with these golden experiences and moments that define my character today. It is my honour to study at CUHK and be a part of the Nethersole School of Nursing. 


LAU Yin Hei, Ryan (President of Lee Woo Sing College Nursing Society)

Hi! I am Ryan, the President of the Lee Woo Sing College Nursing Society. It is my pleasure to be one of the students in the Nethersole School of Nursing as well as the Lee Woo Sing College. It is particularly challenging to take up the president role as I did not have much leadership experience in my secondary years. I would say it is really a precious chance for me to learn and experience more after entering CUHK. 

One of the most important and valuable things that we learnt during the year is how to organise an event successfully. It is not easy to hold an event, no matter the scale, as you have to prepare lots of materials and resources beforehand, such as sending invitation emails, purchasing materials for decoration, etc. During the event, you need to deal with lots of unexpected circumstances and make sure that the whole event is on schedule. We have learnt how to run a programme smoothly, which is also one of the prerequisites for being a nurse, who needs to ensure that every action taken in the hospital is accurate and on schedule. 

On the other hand, being the President of the Society, I have learnt how to cooperate and communicate with other committee members. During meetings, I initiated and led discussion with consideration of each member’s views and opinions. All these helped improve my communication skills which are also critical for a nurse.

I am proud to be a student of the Nethersole School of Nursing. The experience is really invaluable and I look forward to my school life in the coming years.  


WONG Tsz Him, Alvin (President of New Asia College Nursing Society)

It is my pleasure to be a nursing student here as the School nurtures our professional knowledge and practical skills. Moreover, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the School, teachers, and fellow classmates for giving me unforgettable memories in the first year.

Being the President of the New Asia College Nursing Society is challenging but delightful. It is my honour to have a group of dedicated committee members working together and supporting me all the way. Throughout the year, we organised a range of events for nursing students of our college, such as the College Photo Day, the Valentine’s Day Charity Sale and the Spring Dinner. Through these events we have not only gained valuable experiences, but also developed strong bonding between committee members. We’ll always treasure these experiences though we all have encountered difficulties during the course.

If I had not been admitted to CUHK Nursing, I would not have had the opportunity to be trained as a professional nurse, as well as to develop myself as a mature leader by taking up the role of the President of the Nursing Society. My learning experience at CUHK Nursing is so invaluable and I cannot wait to start another amazing year at the School!

I will try my very best to pass on the Nethersole spirit to the newly admitted students in the coming year. I sincerely hope that every nursing student can have a fruitful and treasurable study life at CUHK.


Graduate Sharing
Chan Chun Hong, King 陳俊匡
(2018 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)Studying nursing in CUHK was a fruitful and memorable journey, thanks to the people I have met and the opportunities I have been given.To all the teaching staff, thank you for your support along the way. Whenever I faced difficulties in learning or clinical practice, I could always openly discuss them with you. I still vividly remember how daunting it was during our first clinical placement and final exam of Total Client Care (TCC). Fortunately, your invaluable advice has guided me through this intellectually challenging yet rewarding process. You have not only equipped me to be a competent nurse through evidence-based learning, but also reinforced the core values of nursing: care and compassion. I will always remember to care for my patients’ holistic wellbeing.

I am also grateful for all the opportunities The Nethersole School of Nursing has given me: joining an exchange programme to Beijing, attending nursing conferences, participating in community and research projects. These experiences have enabled me to gain a glimpse of the various career paths that I may embark on to serve the community, both within and beyond the clinical environment. While studying in the vibrant campus of CUHK, I have met friends from diverse backgrounds and built friendships that would last forever.

After graduation, I hope to contribute to the School through the Nursing Alumni Association and serve the community as a healthcare professional.

Chan Wing Man, Jasmine 陳泳雯
(2018 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)

Time flies and my university life has come to an end. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my alma mater for making my past 5 years wonderful and fruitful.

Thanks to CUHK, I gained experience of working as a nurse in health education and promotion. I was a Campus Health Ambassador and responsible for launching health promotion projects at school; I joined a trip to Xi’an and exchanged ideas on health education, promotion strategies as well as ideal healthcare system with local university students in the healthcare fields.

Thanks to The Nethersole School of Nursing, I broadened my horizons and extended my knowledge of nursing professions in different territories. I have been to Beijing to learn about the nursing development in China via visiting NGOs and hospitals; I have been to Wakayama to gain first-hand experience in Japanese nursing education via attending local nursing lectures and tutorials.

Thanks to Wu Yee Sun College, I utilised my nursing and communication skills in service-learning programmes. In Sichuan, I conducted health assessments and delivered lessons on health topics to local primary school pupils. In Cambodia, I interacted with local children in the AIDS orphanage and hostels for the physically handicapped. In Yunnan, I designed exercises for the senior citizens in the old age home.

Every end is always a new beginning. Thanks to CUHK, The Nethersole School of Nursing and Wu Yee Sun College, I have equipped myself with a solid foundation in nursing, from knowledge, skills to insights. I am now getting ready to set sail on my new nursing journey, strive hard and fly high in the sky!

Chu Hoi Yi 朱愷懿
(2017 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)I am Chu Hoi Yi who graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing Programme in 2017. It has always been my pleasure to be nurtured in the cradle of professional nurses, especially in CUHK. Unfailing support from my School and the University has offered possibilities to each student for his/her own fruitful university experience. Being a student ambassador, I have been given ample opportunities to explore myself, realise potentials, and unleash excellence in leadership. Exposure to local and international nursing events has provided me with insights into the state-of-the-art and current development and culture of nursing worldwide.Besides, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude to all the experienced teaching staff for their passion in cultivating the next generation of nurses. Nursing is an art and science far more than only compassion. This programme has well paved the way for me not only by evidence-based knowledge, practical skills and core nursing values, but also diverse pathways for further professional development after graduation.Looking back on my undergraduate years, the incredible moments that I experienced in CUHK nursing are beyond words, which will be engraved in my mind forever and ever. I will never forget how the seniors supported me during my highs and lows. Be one of us to share our excellence, joy and virtues!
Lau Chi Wah 劉智華
(2017 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)

I am really grateful for being a member of CUHK Nursing in the past five years, for which I experienced a fruitful university life here.

Thanks to all the teachers in the Nethersole School of Nursing, I could learn professional nursing skills and knowledge step by step. I could feel that every teacher cared about their students so much as I received strong support from them, which well prepared me to become a nurse now. The care and the love of my teachers inspired me to be passionate in teaching a nurse learner. If I have the opportunity to become a mentor of a nurse learner in my future career, I wish I would try my best to teach them with a passionate heart, just like what I experienced from my teachers in my university life.

Studying in CUHK was a memorable experience. We were provided with ample opportunities to meet people from other majors or different backgrounds, which greatly broadened my horizons. I made so many good friends from different disciplines throughout my university life to share each other’s highs and lows in the job.

Although I graduate from CUHK now, this is not the end of my connection with the School, as the CUHK Nursing Alumni Association helps me to establish contact with experienced nurses graduated from CUHK.

I wish I would try my every effort to serve the community with compassion!

Mac Hiu Tung 莫曉彤
(2014 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)

“Nurses are ubiquitous angels that take care of you from cradle to grave.  I am lucky enough to have engaged in this profession and proud to be a student of the CUHK.  Throughout my undergraduate studies, I have experienced a lot as a student ambassador.  I could hardly forget the moment when I stepped into the campus as a freshman.  My panic feeling was soon relieved by the passion and hospitality of the seniors.  Thanks to the endless support from my School and the faculty, I have been given an array of invaluable opportunities to stretch my leadership potentials and unleash my unexplored talents.  Compassionate heart and holistic care could merely describe nursing for the meaning is far beyond observation.  From beads of sweat to tears of joy, this inspiring environment has not only taught me a set of skills, but also left me with a lot of unforgettable memories of the nice people and her beautiful landscape.”

Law Wai Yin 羅蔚延
(2012 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)

“"Care” is the essence of nursing. Practicing with a pair of deft hands (skills), a brilliant mind (knowledge) and a caring heart (empathy) has been strongly emphasized throughout the years of study. These qualities are essential for delivering holistic and compassionate care to clients, and for preparing me to become a professional and competent nurse.”

Chiang Wai Kit Wilson 蔣偉傑
(2001 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing; Chairperson of the CUHK Nursing
Alumni Association; APN of Prince of Wales Hospital)

“I am Wilson, an APN in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the Prince of Wales Hospital. I was graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001. The programme has broadened my intellectual horizons and sharpened my professional nursing skills. It has provided me with opportunities to develop a mindset for reflective and critical thinking, and strong skills in strategic and systematic analysis. These skills are particularly useful when handling complicated situations in my daily work. You will find it a fantastic experience of studying in this programme!