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.

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.

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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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.

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 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.

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.

NG Hoi Lam, Percy (President of Nursing Society)

Hi! I am Percy, the President of the 26th Nursing Society, CUHK. This year is undoubtedly unique to everyone. New challenges have arisen and all of us have kept learning.

Dear all my committee members, I just want to say thank you to all of you. Despite the changing circumstances, we all ran through the walls together and created many precious memories. I will never forget the days and nights we spent together. Although some activities have been called off, we have learnt many valuable lessons in the preparation works. Thank you for being considerate and responsible. It is sincerely my pleasure and honour to be the President of the Lightenurs.

I would also like to express my gratitude for the generous support given by the Nethersole School of Nursing. Thank you for the arrangements and efforts made to assist our works in such a difficult year. We will continue devoting ourselves and serving the nursing students and the society with our experience.

We look forward to having you as our schoolmates and sharing love and joy in the nursing family!

TAM Lok Yee, Kiki (President of Chung Chi College Nursing Society)

Hi! I am Kiki, the President of the Nursing Society of Chung Chi College.

2020 is a tough year for all of us, however, during this period of time, we did learn through experience. Although we did not organise many activities or spend much time together this year, we could still feel the warmth of our professors and schoolmates.

Having the opportunity to be the President of the Society allows me to build up confidence and be more connected with the School and our schoolmates. I am delighted to have nine kind-hearted and diligent committee members working with me hand in hand this year. They have brightened the first year of my university life.

I hope to see you joining our nursing family and sharing happiness together in the coming years!


KONG Cho Sin, Juliet (President of New Asia College Nursing Society)

Hello! I am Juliet, the President of the New Asia College Nursing Society. Talking about 5 must-dos in the university, we would never miss out joining different societies. Being the President of the NA Nursing Society, I had challenged my limits in the past year. Take completing teamwork as an example. Our events could never be successfully held without the support from my teammates. I still remember we stayed late in the New Asia Concourse to prepare for our promotion period and I would never forget the satisfaction after the promotion. A bright smile grew on each of our faces after the ‘dem beat’ and these tiny little moments had connected us to be more determined to serve other students.

We are lucky to have so many people willing to lend their helping hands to us. We have received kind reminders from the former members from the nursing society, support and encouragement from our professors and other students. Without their help, we could never overcome all these hindrances. Thanks to my society members for filling up my university life with laughter, tears and memories. The Society is like our comfort zone where we could meet a bunch of warm friends supporting and caring about us. Joining the NA Nursing Society is a decision that I will treasure forever. Thank you.


WONG Ka Lok, Lok (President of United College Nursing Society)

It has been my honour to be the President of the Nursing Society of United College. During the past year, we planned to have several events including the Photo Day, the voluntary work and the Charity Sale. Unfortunately, many events were cancelled because of the outbreak of COVID-19. Meanwhile, I still gained a lot of valuable experience when planning the events. I am glad to see that all my committee members are responsible and willing to devote themselves to the Society. We usually have different opinions but it helps me learn how to cooperate and gather different opinions in order to make the best decision.

Preparing the events are really difficult and challenging, fortunately, we have got lots of help from the former members of the nursing society. Their useful reminders and guidance not only bring the plan to completion but also help us know how to deal with different people. We really appreciate their kind help. In short, I am grateful for being the President of the Nursing Society of United College. This experience has enriched my university life and I am looking forward to having you joining our nursing family.

Stay hungry, stay foolish. Lest we forget our passion for nursing. This year has been tough. Please stay safe everyone!

LAM Lo Suet, Lucy (President of Lee Woo Sing College Nursing Society)

Hello! I am Lucy, the President of the 6th Nursing Society of Lee Woo Sing College. Looking back, it was such a great experience for me and I would cherish all the precious memories.

In the past year, we have gained a brand-new experience. Even though we did not organise many activities as the previous years, we have learnt how to deal with the fast-changing environment. The most memorable event we held was distributing cookies to year one nursing students. It was the first time for all committee members to gather together and organise event for a large group of people. Although we did not know much about each other before forming the Society, we got along with each other well. Sometimes we might have different opinions and even had a quarrel. But by going through difficulties together, we have created a strong bond between us.

Being the President of the Society offered me a chance to serve the nursing students of Lee Woo Sing College and increased my sense of belonging to the Nethersole School of Nursing. It also boosted my confidence and enhanced my personal growth. I could make use of the experience acquired from organising activities. Most importantly, I gained friendship throughout this journey. All committee members are willing to devote themselves to the society. We accompany each other and support each other all the time.

I will make my best effort to serve our nursing students.


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!