Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing (53482)

JUPAS Programme Code : JS3337
Mode of Study : Full-time
Normal Duration : 5 years
Credits Required for Graduation : 122 (plus 41 clinical/field credits)
Fund Type : Government-funded
Intake Number : 65 - 75 (As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Government's and the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.)
Programme Leader : Dr Sau Fong LEUNG, PhD (Syd.); MSc (HC) [PolyU (H.K.)]; BN (Syd.); Dip(PN) (H.K.G.H.S.P.N.); PRegDip(N) (H.K.Poly.); RN (H.K.); RN (N.S.W.); RN (U.K.C.C.); RNT (H.K.)
Programme Aims

Our mission is to educate young people for a professional career in mental health nursing, one of the world's most caring professions. This innovative academic programme develops the students' competency to deliver quality care, carry out relevant research and make significant contributions to the mental health care services.

Students will develop abilities in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, therapeutic communication and management of change in mental health nursing. They will also learn how to work independently in an effective manner and with other health care professionals in providing quality mental health care from psychiatric clinical settings to community mental health services.

Programme Characteristics

PolyU was the first university in Hong Kong to provide a pre-registration degree programme in nursing. Our innovative approaches to learning and teaching enhance our students' critical thinking and clinical decision making. This programme builds upon our successful experience of conducting the psychiatric stream of the part-time Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing programme which was accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

Our modern facilities include the Simulation Laboratory, the Virtual Clinical Ward and the Integrative Health Clinic.

Clinical practicums in this programme are arranged in a variety of health care settings, including general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric rehabilitation units, community psychiatric nursing services, mental health out-reaching services and other community settings.

Programme Structure
  1. The programme runs from simple to complex, using various teaching methods to develop students' problem-solving skills.
  2. The programme embraces introductory and applied subjects in mental health nursing. Biological science, social science, psychology, language, General Education and humanities subjects will also be taught to develop students' understanding of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of the human condition and mental health care.
  3. The subjects covers fundamentals of mental health nursing; medical and surgical nursing; mental health nursing therapeutics in hospital, rehabilitation and community; fundamentals of nursing therapeutics in Chinese Medicine; mental health education and promotion; communication skills; psychotherapeutic practice, neurobiological basis in mental health care and generic social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  4. Supervised clinical practicums are organised to integrate theory and practice.


Please click here to view the details of subjects offered.

Career Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses (Psychiatric) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong. They can find employment in the Hospital Authority, government departments and NGOs. Graduates can continue to study a Master of Nursing programme offered by the School to develop their specialties.

Professional Recognition*

Graduates are eligible for registration as Registered Nurses (Psychiatric) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong .

Entrance Requirements

(Please note that the above requirements are the minimum entry requirements for training of RNs as stipulated by the Hong Kong Nursing Council)

Preference will be given to those who attained Level 3 or above in two elective subjects from Category-A in HKDSE examination

Alternative Entry Route

There are no specific requirements other than the  General Entrance Requirements of the University.

Other Information
Preferred Subjects

There are no preferred subjects in the selection process. All subjects will be considered.

Interview Arrangement (Non-JUPAS applicants)
Date of Interview:   On-going starting from February
Mode:   Face-to-face / Phone / Video-conference
Aims:   To evaluate the potential for and interest of non-JUPAS applicants in the programme, and to assess their language and communication skills and understanding of the nursing discipline.
Medium:   Cantonese and English
Duration:   About 1 hour
Remark:   Preference will be given to first choice non-JUPAS applicants. Suitable non-JUPAS applicants may be invited to interviews.


Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for this full-time programme is HK$42,100 per academic year, payable by two equal instalments before the start of the first and second semesters of the academic year, unless otherwise specified. This fee is subject to revision.


For further information on admission matters, please contact:
The General Office, School of Nursing
Tel: (852) 2766 4369
Fax: (852) 2364 9663

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