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 organising 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 organised 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.

CHAN Hau Yee, Zita (President of Nursing Society)

Hello! I am Zita, the President of the 27th Nursing Society. In 2021, the pandemic is raging. New challenges are waiting ahead of us. 

Although I only met my committee members a few months ago, we hit it off with one another immediately. With your continuous support, I believe we could get through the challenges together and learn from the experience to strive for betterment in the future.  I would like to thank my committee members for being so considerate and encouraging. It is my pleasure to be the President of Minursva. The days we buried ourselves in work are still imprinted on my brain. It is definitely one of the most precious memories in my university life. 

I hope all students will join our nursing family which is overflowing with love, enjoy our activities and have an unforgettable year!

SZE Ki Ki, Karry (President of Chung Chi College Nursing Society)

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

This year has been a really challenging one. With COVID-19 continuously spreading, most lessons were conducted online. It was quite a pity that we could not enjoy face-to-face lessons which made us feel like we were not a university student. Luckily, our professors were really nice. They gave us lots of support and guidance so we could adapt to this new mode of learning.

Besides studying, I think I have made another wise choice: running a society. It really made my first year of university life which was originally meant to be boring to become more fruitful!

Although many of our activities were cancelled in face of the pandemic, I still feel glad that at least some of them were conducted smoothly, such as our Valentine’s Day Sale.

Behind our success, my committee members and I have been spending days and nights on preparing all the materials, promotion strategies and financial budget. That was once a nightmare to all of us, but later we all felt delighted as the activities strengthened our bond and we got closer to one another.

Running the society has boosted not only my leadership but also my event planning skills. Above all, the greatest gain is my beloved committee members. We study together and share our happiness and sorrows. I am so blessed to have them all in my university life!

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” Just pluck up your courage and chase your dreams. We all look forward to seeing you in our nursing family!

NG Tung Hin, Felix (President of New Asia College Nursing Society)

Hi, I am Felix, the President of the New Asia College Nursing Society.

Being the President of the Society is an opportunity for me to empower myself to become a responsible person.

It has been a tough year with extraordinary arrangements when we come together in running the NA Nursing Society. Most of the activities and meetings were conducted via Zoom, particularly during the promotion period. Even though the suspension of face-to-face lessons caused inconvenience, we cherish every moment we spent together.

Fortunately, the Charity Sale on Valentine’s Day this year was held as usual. It is beyond dispute that my teammates’ participation and efforts were significant to the event’s success. Besides, our professors, former committee members and other students gave us lots of encouragement and support. Without their dedication and commitment, the event could not have been so successful.

“Life is like a multiple-choice question.” Joining the NA Nursing Society is one of the proudest decisions that I have ever made. Moreover, I appreciate having this chance to work with my committee members and support each other.

LO Tsz Yin, Natalie (President of Shaw College Nursing Society)

Hello! This is Natalie, the President of the Nursing Society of Shaw College. This year has been a tough one for all of us with our masks on all the time. We have got so many plans and yet so many cancellations.  

I am truly glad that my committee members are staying with me during this difficult time. It is amazing to form tight bonds between the nine of us within a short period of time. Being the President of the Society is never an easy task as there is a myriad of duties and responsibilities. However, going through all these with the members certainly improved my leadership and communication skills. It was challenging to prepare for the consultation day, practice dem beat and get ready for the activities. Nevertheless, we could learn from the experience. Undoubtedly, there were ups and downs within the society and diverse opinions often occurred. We managed to wrestle with the challenges and achieved unity and success. I cherish the chances we had and the friendship we made very much.

I never regret joining the Society as it was such a rewarding experience. Please come and join our Nursing Society to carry on the passion for serving our students!

AU Hei Man, Hesper (President of United College Nursing Society)

I am deeply honoured and grateful to be given the opportunity to be the President of the Nursing Society of United College this year. In such a difficult time, everything becomes a challenge for us as the virus has affected our communication and led to cancellation of the proposed events. However, we have been taught not to focus on the loss but rather to learn from the scarce experience we had. For me, it is all about connecting with my committee members given the limited time we spent together.

As the President of the Society, I would like to see a harmonious relationship among us. I figured out that we had to settle disputes, make compromises and respect each other in order to establish a strong bond. In fact, after the consultation days, I realised that we had to work fast, stop arguing and reach a consensus as soon as possible in the face of questions and challenges. Working under pressure is definitely beneficial to teambuilding. I felt more confident in leading my team knowing that we could overcome any hurdle in front of us. There is a lot I can learn from each of our committee members and they all help me become a better person and a better leader. We are learning and growing together as a team.

I am truly lucky to be part of the Society this year. The global pandemic cannot stop us from moving our life forward.


CHENG Ching Long, Sunny (President of Lee Woo Sing College Nursing Society)

Hello! I am Sunny, the President of the 7th Nursing Society of Lee Woo Sing College. For me, this year was full of inspiring and fruitful experience, which has significantly promoted my personal development. I believe that every one of us would treasure all these unforgettable memories.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have still tried our best to promote the Society during Zoom lectures and organise different activities, such as the Valentine’s Day Sale and the Medical Supplies Order Service. While we were organising these activities, we might have different opinions and face tough challenges sometimes. However, these ideas or experiences have helped us to have more detailed planning and know more about each other, hence fostering a stronger and closer bond among us. I believe these will be memorable experiences when we look back years later.

Being the President of the Society is definitely fruitful and rewarding. It not only offers me an opportunity to serve the nursing students in the Lee Woo Sing College but also boosts my confidence and promotes my personal development. I have become a more responsible person and felt more determined to deal with difficulties. I have also learned to lead and work with people of different personalities. Through organising activities, I have equipped myself with many practical knowledge that might be useful for organising activities in the future.

Above all, I am really thankful for meeting my committee members. Undoubtedly, it has been more difficult than previous years for us to make new friends. Luckily, I can meet and be friends with them through joining the Society. We accompany and support each other all the time; we experience ups and downs together; we never abandon anyone in this journey.

We will continue to devote ourselves and make the best effort to serve our nursing students. We sincerely hope that all nursing students will enjoy their university life in this tough year. We also look forward to having you as our schoolmates and spreading happiness together in the future!

LAM Ka Chun (President of Wu Yee Sun College Nursing Society)

This photo was taken when we were practicing our society beat. It was memorable for all of us as it was our first time to ‘dem beat’ and we enjoyed it so much. It was quite challenging for us to create our own beat and design the postures and actions but we still managed to tackle all the difficulties in the end.

SUN Yuet Ting, Yuki 孫悅婷
(2021 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)

Being a nurse has always been my dream. I am very grateful to be a member of the Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK which trained me to be a professional and compassionate nurse.

As a nursing student, completing the programme during the pandemic was full of challenges and uncertainties. Thanks to the prompt action and effective arrangement of our School, we could meet the required clinical hours for graduation. I would also like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the teaching staff who are always supportive and helpful. They listened to our concerns and gave us sincere advice. They also motivated me to acquire new knowledge and plan for my future, as well as encouraging me to become a compassionate nurse and a better person. The School not only equipped us with professional knowledge and practical skills, but also inspired us to understand the importance of holistic patient care which I would never forget in my nursing journey.

Graduation is not the end. It is only the beginning of a new chapter of my nursing journey. Looking back at myself when I just started college, I still cannot believe how much I have grown under the support and guidance of the School. Thank you for all your support and guidance, I am now ready to be a professional and compassionate nurse to serve our community!

CHEUNG Yuen Sin 張婉善
(2020 Graduate of Bachelor of Nursing)

I am very grateful to The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK for this rewarding 5-year undergraduate nursing programme.

The teaching staff are helpful and willing to offer advice and guidance. My learning buddies and friends are supportive and willing to help. The study environment is comfortable and facilitates our learning. Thanks to our School, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunities to undertake an exchange to the United States, participate in volunteer service and serve the community. The undergraduate education at CUHK emphasises whole-person development, which is not limited to the delivery of professional knowledge and skills.

I would like to say thank you to my School and the people whom I have met in this 5-year undergraduate journey. I shall continue to “serve the community with compassion” as stated in the School’s motto.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you in joining our big CUHK Nursing family!

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 on the campus; 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 profession 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 the 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 not only equipped me with evidence-based knowledge, practical skills and core nursing values, but also offered 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 as I experienced a fruitful university life here in the past five years.

Thanks to all the teachers of The Nethersole School of Nursing, I could gain 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 love of my teachers inspired me to be passionate about nursing education. 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.

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

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