Bachelor of Nursing

Programme Features

Highly-trained nurses with compassionate care is the focus of the BNurs curriculum. Students receive a broad spectrum of clinical and simulation training, as well as inter-professional and problem-based learning. They also develop the global vision by participating in life enrichment learning programmes beyond Hong Kong.

 

 

“As a competent nurse, to heal up a patient’s wound is not only by your skillful hands, but also with your empathetic heart.”

 

Mr Benney Wong
Assistant Lecturer, School of Nursing

 

 

 

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) is a five-year full-time programme leading to an honours degree. The objective of the BNurs programme is to provide comprehensive and holistic nursing education and nurture generic nurses who will be able to work as competent practitioners in various health care settings.

 

The credit-based curriculum is broad-based and multidisciplinary, and is designed to introduce the bio-psychosocial aspects of health and nursing care. It provides a balance between the broad areas of nursing, biological, behavioural and social sciences. The learning outcomes will enable students to obtain knowledge through the study of different disciplines, and to develop an inquiring mind, interpersonal skills and an understanding of the socio-cultural context in which nursing is practiced in Hong Kong.

 

The degree programme emphasizes the integration of theory and practice. Students are exposed to a variety of clinical environments throughout the study. Comprehensive learning of clinical skills is under the supervision of experienced teaching staff. The process of teaching and learning is directed by nursing academics with a wide range of expertise, supported by the excellent facilities in various departments of the Medical Faculty and clinical settings.

 

Modes of Learning

The BNurs programme incorporates various teaching and learning strategies, e.g., problem-based learning; inter-professional team-based learning; audiovisuals; computer-assisted learning, demonstrations, field trips and educational visits to clinical agencies and community settings. The main classroom teaching approaches include lectures, seminars and tutorials. Clinical education is achieved by laboratory teaching, innovative simulation activities and clinical practicum.

 

Nursing skills are acquired through demonstrations, simulation, videos, computer-assisted learning and practice. For Life Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology courses, the laboratory experiences relate to demonstration of specific areas in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology.

Clinical Practicum

The programme emphasizes on clinical practice. Students have the opportunity to learn and practice under the instruction and supervision of experienced teachers in all aspects of nursing – from basic to advanced complex care, in community and in comprehensive teaching hospitals, such as Queen Mary Hospital. Clinical practicum is arranged in blocks of practice to allow students to consolidate the nursing themes and skills. Clinical placements are arranged in:

  • community centres
  • aged care centres
  • outpatient clinics
  • specialties in hospitals, including Medical and Surgical Units, Paediatrics Unit, Obstetrics Unit, Accident & Emergency Unit, Operation Theatre, and many more
Life Enrichment Opportunities

The programme is designed to nuture nursing leaders with an international outlook. Students are provided opportunities to participate in life enrichment programmes including exchange programmes at top universities, e.g., University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve University, University of Toronto, Peking University, Korea University, The University of Tokyo, Kaohsiung Medical University, University of Navarra and The University of Sydney; short-term study programmes; service/humanitarian activities; research attachment, etc.

Programme Structure

The BNurs curriculum includes various courses in each year with an aim to prepare students to be capable of working in different settings as nursing professionals. The main areas covered are Nursing Core Courses, Nursing of Specialised Populations, Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice, Foundations in Nursing Research, Nursing Electives, Nursing Practica, Life Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology and Behavioural Sciences. This curriculum structure allows maximum longitudinal and lateral correlations between courses.

 

There are a total of 44 courses running throughout five years. Among these courses, 26 belong to core courses and 7 are practicum courses which aim at preparing students to become competent practitioners. There are also 1 Life Enrichment Learning Course, 1 nursing elective course, 3 language courses and 6 common core courses. Altogether they constitute 303 credits in the entire curriculum.

 

 

“HKU Nursing has been nurturing seeds of caring hearts with not only professional knowledge & skills, but also positive values & precious networks that let them bloom into the flowers of tomorrow. I am very grateful to be one of the seeds grown in this beautiful garden.”

 

Mr Since Kong
BNurs 2010
Advanced Practice Nurse, Queen Mary Hospital

 

 

 

 

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Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Leadership Track) | JS6418

An elite track designed for high caliber candidates who are high achievers and aspire to pursue an advanced and specialised nurse practice or a nursephysician career in the healthcare sector. This track enables highly competent students to accomplish a dynamic and vigorous study plan and to fulfil accredited professional curricula at an accelerated pace.

 

Articulation to HKU Master of Nursing (MNurs)

Students shall be admitted to 1-year part-time MNurs study, upon successful completion of the 5-year BNurs–ALT, and shall be able to OBTAIN ONE BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND ONE MASTER’S DEGREE IN NURSING IN 6 YEARS

 

Prospect: Advanced & Specialised Nurse

 

* Subject to the fulfilment of MNurs programme entry requirements.


Articulation to HKU Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Students shall be admitted directly to HKU MBBS Year 2 and exempted from the Year 3 enrichment year requirement, upon successful completion of the 5-year BNurs–ALT degree with first class honours*, and shall be able to OBTAIN TWO PROFESSIONAL DEGREES IN 9 YEARS.

 

Prospect: Nurse-physician

 

* Subject to the fulfilment of MBBS programme entry requirements. BNurs with first class honours and HKDSE “Chemistry” or “Combined Science (Chemistry)” are required for the MBBS articulation pathway.


Leadership Development Programme

Students will be able to acquire unique leadership skills and experiential learning opportunities in their study journey in nursing.


Personal Mentors Throughout the Course of Study

Students will be assigned a designated professoriate staff and an experienced nurse leader as personal mentors, who provide advice and guidance throughout the BNurs–ALT study. Students can learn from the great minds, expand their personal networks and widen their horizon.


Diversified Roadmaps

The articulation pathways provided under the JS6418 Advanced Leadership Track is subject to one’s interest, career aspiration and academic performance, etc. Scholarships covering the full composition fee of MNurs will be provided to students with exemplary academic performance.


Scholarships*

Entrance and Academic Elite Scholarships
HKDSE students admitted to BNurs and BNurs-ALT

 

 

Scholarship for the MNurs Articulation Pathway

Scholarship covering full composition fee of MNurs will be provided to BNurs-ALT graduates with outstanding academic achievements.

 

*subject to approval of university


Future Prospects

Competent and Transferable Skills

Graduates are equipped with practical clinical skills and will be able to translate evidence-based theories into practice.

 

Professional Recognition

Graduates who have satisfactorily completed all programme requirements will be eligible for direct registration as registered nurses with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

 

Global Leadership

Graduates are trained with global leadership traits and will be able to work effectively across multidisciplinary teams around the world.

 

Extensive Networks

Graduates will gain an extensive professional network via clinical practicum from community centres and clinics to comprehensive teaching hospitals; and via research attachments and personal mentors.




Admissions Information – For JUPAS Candidates

From 2022 onwards, the result of the Mathematics Extended Part (Modules 1 and 2) will be recognised as equivalent to that of a full elective.

 

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admissions shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

 

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

English                                          Level 3
Chinese                                         Level 3
Mathematics                                 Level 2
Liberal Studies                              Level 2

 

b) attain at least level 3 in two electives
*Chemistry or Combined Science with Chemistry component is required for the articulation pathway to MBBS.

Scoring FormulaThe best 5 subjects of HKDSE* + 0.5 x 6th  best subject**may include M1/M2 or Category C subject whichever is higher

 

Consideration of Other Factors

  • Interview performance
  • No. of level 5** / 5* / 5
  • Student learning profile

 

Consideration of HKDSE Combined Results & Penalty for HKDSE Repeaters

  • Best results in 2 or more sittings of HKDSE

 

Interview

Before release of HKDSE results

  • Early Jun 2022 – Late Jun 2022

After release of HKDSE results

  • Mid-Jul 2022 – Late Jul 2022

 

 


Admissions Information – For Non-JUPAS Candidates

GCE A-level / International A-level

 

Expected Lower Boundary for Admissions
3A (excluding Chinese and English language subjects)

 

Subject Requirements

Chemistry at A Level

 

English Language Requirement

a) Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
(b) Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE;
(c) Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE;
(For GCSE/IGCSE which uses the new 9-1 grading system, Grade 5 will be taken as equivalent to Grade B and Grade 4 will be taken as equivalent to Grade C, for the purpose of satisfying (a), (b) or (c) above)
(d) Grade C or better in English Language or English Literature at GCE AS/AL;
(e) Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
(f) Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English;
or
Fulfill ONE of the requirements here

 

Second Language Requirement

Grade E in a language other than English;
(For GCSE/IGCSE which uses the new 9-1 grading system, Grade 3 will be taken as equivalent to Grade E, for the purpose of satisfying the above)
or
Fulfill ONE of the requirements here

 

Additional Requirements

A good working knowledge of Cantonese

 

Interview

  • Early Jan 2022 – Late-Feb 2022
  • Early Apr 2022

 

Advanced Standing

Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry.

Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required. You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.

Kindly contact medfac@hku.hk for any enquiries.

 

 

IB Diploma

 

Expected Lower Boundary for Admissions

36

 

Subject Requirements

Chemistry at Higher Level

 

English Language Requirement

a) Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
(b) Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE;
(c) Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE;
(For GCSE/IGCSE which uses the new 9-1 grading system, Grade 5 will be taken as equivalent to Grade B and Grade 4 will be taken as equivalent to Grade C, for the purpose of satisfying (a), (b) or (c) above)
(d) Grade C or better in English Language or English Literature at GCE AS/AL;
(e) Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
(f) Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English;
or
Fulfill ONE of the requirements here

 

Second Language Requirement

Grade E in a language other than English;
(For GCSE/IGCSE which uses the new 9-1 grading system, Grade 3 will be taken as equivalent to Grade E, for the purpose of satisfying the above)
or
Fulfill ONE of the requirements here

 

Additional Requirements

A good working knowledge of Cantonese

 

Interview

  • Early Jan – Late Feb 2022
  • Early Apr 2022

 

Advanced Standing

Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry.

Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required. You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.

Kindly contact medfac@hku.hk for any enquiries.

 

 

 

Hong Kong Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD)

 

Expected Lower Boundary for Admissions

One year of successful study on a full-time AD / HD programme, which should be at least two years in duration, in a community college of a UGC-funded institution or Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (HKIVE), with a cGPA of at least 70% of the highest GPA of the institution, or at 3.0, whichever is higher

 

Subject Requirements

Chemistry

 

English Language Requirement

Level 3 in English Language in HKDSE;
or
Fulfill ONE of the requirements here

 

Second Language Requirement

Level 3 in Chinese Language in HKDSE;
Grade E in a language subject under Category C in HKDSE;
or
Fulfill ONE of the requirements here

 

Additional Requirements

A good working knowledge of Cantonese

 

Interview

  • Early Jan – Late Feb 2022
  • Early Apr 2022

Professional Recognition & Career Prospects

 

Graduates from the Bachelor of Nursing degree programme will be able to function independently to assess and appraise the health care needs of the community. Those who have satisfactorily completed all programme requirements will be eligible for direct registration as registered nurses with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

 

 

“Acquiring nursing skills and knowledge is crucial, but it is more important to serve with critical thinking, global vision, and an empathetic heart.”

 

Alex Wong
BNurs Year 5