Professional Diploma Programme in Advanced Nursing Practice

Emergency Nursing / Management and Leadership / Surgical Nursing

The Award

This programme leads to the award of a Professional Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Programme Description

The programme is designed to equip bachelor’s-prepared registered nurses with a solid foundation for advanced practice in specialty nursing or healthcare management. The emphasis is placed on the development of specialty knowledge and skills that are necessary to the provision of healthcare management or therapeutic nursing interventions at an advanced level. Students are also expected to further develop their competence in clinical or management decision-making and evidence-based evaluation in their relevant clinical specialty or healthcare management area.

Study Streams of the Programme

Students admitted in 2022-23 may choose to study in ONE of the following study streams:

  • Emergency Nursing
  • Management and Leadership
  • Surgical Nursing

Who Should Apply

Bachelor’s-prepared registered nurses who would like to pursue specialty nursing education at an advanced level offered by a recognised university.

Transfer of Units

Graduates of this programme will be eligible to apply for unit exemption in the Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing programmes offered by the Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, subject to the Graduate School’s approval.

Admission Requirements

The applicant should:

  • be a registered nurse with a valid practising certificate;
  • have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or related discipline;
  • have at least 2 years’ post-registration work experience in healthcare; and
  • be currently practising in a specialty area related to the chosen study stream.

Recognition of the Programme

  • The programme is recognised by the respective College of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing as quotable qualification.
  • The programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF).
    - QF Level: L6
    - QR Registration No.: 18/000237/L6
    - Registration Validity Period: 21/03/2018 to On-going

Programme Structure

The curriculum consists of six courses.

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed in every course through a combination of examination, assignment, presentation, case study report, project, coursework, and/or laboratory demonstration.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Teaching and learning strategies include lecture, tutorial, online learning activity, laboratory demonstration and practice, student-led presentation, discussion, case study, project, forum, workshop, visit, clinical mentoring, reflective learning activity and simulation-based learning as appropriate.
  • Guided and supported professional learning experience in the specialty area of practice.

Graduation Requirements

For graduation, students are required to have an overall attendance of at least 80% and pass all the courses with an overall GPA not lower than 2.0.

Mode of Study

  • 1-year part-time (from September to June)

Class Arrangement

Classes are usually held on two weekday evenings or on Saturday each week in the CUHK campus.

Tuition Fee

HK$39,000 (For 2022-23 intake)

Career Prospects and Further Studies

  • Able to advance nursing knowledge and skills in your specialty area of practice;
  • Able to assume leadership and management roles in wards, hospitals or other healthcare settings;
  • Eligible to pursue postgraduate studies in nursing or other health-related disciplines; and
  • Eligible to apply for membership in the respective colleges of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, subject to the fulfillment of all other requirements.

Our School

The Nethersole School of Nursing of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK has a proud and successful history of providing undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education at par with international standards.

Programme Director

Professor Suzanne LO

Advantages of Studying at The Nethersole School of Nursing

  • Obtaining a professional diploma in nursing from an internationally renowned university;
  • Studying in an established school of nursing with national and international links;
  • Teaching by a multidisciplinary team of academic staff and experts who are experienced in clinical practice, management and research;
  • Studying in a friendly and stimulating environment conducive to effective learning and personal growth, with the support of helpful academic staff;
  • Opportunities to attend seminars given by international scholars in nursing or other disciplines.

Information Seminars

Date Time Venue  
1st Information Seminar  26 Nov 2021 (Fri) 18:00 - 19:00 Webinar  
2nd Information Seminar  18 Dec 2021 (Sat) 10:00 - 11:00 Webinar  
3rd Information Seminar 11 Feb 2022 (Fri) 18:00 - 19:00 Webinar  
4th Information Seminar 19 Mar 2022 (Sat) 10:30 - 11:30 Webinar  
5th Information Seminar 9 April 2022 (Sat) 10:30 - 11:30 Webinar  


Application Fee

HK$300 (Non-refundable)

Application Period

3 Jan – 29 Apr 2022

Online Application

Other Information & Enquiries

Programme Flyer

Tel: (852) 3943 9934
Fax: (852) 2603 6041
Address: 7/F, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong