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Higher Diploma in Nursing (An Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Conversion Programme)

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
28 Oct 2020 (Wed)
Next intake(s)
October 2020
3 years
English. All written assignments and examinations will be in English.
Course Fee
Year 1: HK$58,500
Year 2: HK$53,000
Year 3: HK$54,000
Clinical Placement fee: HK$18,000
All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Note: Students may purchase professional indemnity insurance on their own.
How to Apply
Deadline on 31 Mar 2020 (Tue)
2975 5688
2807 2054

This programme aims to prepare enrolled nurses with advanced nursing knowledge and evidence-based clinical skills in nursing. This programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK). Graduates will be eligible to register with the NCHK as a Registered Nurse (General) and will be licensed to practise.

Higher Diploma is the intermediate award of a degree programme. It is envisaged that graduates of Higher Diploma in Nursing will be admitted to a top-up degree programme in nursing locally (e.g. HKU) or internationally (e.g. Middlesex University). The graduates can also enroll in the Certificate / Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice programmes offered by HKU SPACE. 


Higher Diploma in Nursing

Bachelor in Nursing





Certificate / Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice


Upon completion of the programme, the students will be able to:

  1. Assess nursing situations to make accurate judgments and plan nursing care appropriate to the client’s personal, social and cultural context;
  2. Implement effective and safe nursing interventions in a manner that reflects sensitivity to and concern for patient’s feelings, age, social, or cultural status;
  3. Recognize and promote the individuality and dignity of individuals, families, groups and communities in pursuit of their optimal health and well-being;
  4. Work effectively as an individual, and collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team while maintaining legal and ethical standards of practice;
  5. Encourage the community to recognize and take responsibility for their own health and aspects of their health care during illness and where necessary, to facilitate this by functioning as client advocate;
  6. Appreciate the changing health care needs which demand continuous improvement in the provision of health service on the part of care providers; and
  7. Develop an awareness of the key issues and trends in the ongoing development of nursing in the ever-changing pluralistic and multicultural society.


  1. Basic and Applied Sciences
    Human Biology
    Fundamentals of Pharmacology
    Clinical Microbiology and Communicable Diseases 
  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Applied Psychology
    Sociology of Health
  3. Nursing Art and Science
    Health Assessment and the Nursing Process
    Fundamental Nursing
    Primary Health Care and Health Education
    Evidence-Based Nursing Research
    Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing
    Ethical and Legal Aspects in Health Care
    Supportive Nursing
    Child, Adolescence and Family Health
    Maternal and Infant Nursing
    Maintenance of Oxygenation
    Nutrition and Metabolism
    Elimination and Sexuality
    Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
    Mobility, Rest and Rehabilitation
    Sensation and Perception
    Cellular Aberration
    Public Health and Community Health Nursing
    Gerontological Nursing
    Modern Chinese Medicine Nursing and Complementary Alternative Medicine
  4. Clinical Practicum 
    Medical Nursing
    Surgical Nursing
    Paediatric and Adolescent Nursing
    Gerontological Nursing
    Mental Health Nursing
    Obstetric Nursing
    Community Nursing Services
    Primary Health Care
    Accident and Emergency Care
    Operating Theatre

Eligibility for Clinical Exemption

Students with no less than 3 consecutive years of experience in acute Medical / Surgical specialty may apply for clinical exemption at the beginning of the programme. The maximum clinical hours for exemption will be 200 hours.  All applications must be submitted in Year 1.

Mode of Delivery

Lecture; seminar; tutorial; skills laboratory; self-directed learning; E-learning; visits; supervised clinical practice.


  1. At least 80% class attendance and 100% clinical attendance.
  2. Pass all assessments including assignments / tests / examinations / clinical assessments.
  3. Supplementary assessments may be granted subject to the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.


  1. On successful completion of all the required assessments, the student will be awarded the “Higher Diploma in Nursing” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.
  2. Graduates will be eligible to register with The Nursing Council of Hong Kong for the Part I Registration ( General ) as Registered Nurses ( General ) and are licensed to practise.
  • Students will complete the programme in 3 years. The theoretical component will be conducted on a part-time basis and the clinical component ( 1496 hrs) will be completed in full-time mode.

Applicants should:

  1. Be Enrolled Nurses registered with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong with at least three years’ post-enrolment clinical experience; OR
  2. Have a minimum of one year post enrolment clinical experience and have a minimum of 5 subjects in the HKCEE / HKDSE as specified in the following:
    Applicable to applicants with HKCEE results:
    Grade C in at least one subject and Grade E in at least three other subjects in which one of them must be a science subject AND Grade D in English Language (Syllabus B) or English Language at Grade B (Syllabus A) or Level 3 in English Language;
    Applicable to applicants with HKDSE results:
    English Language and Chinese Language at Level 3 or above AND Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one other subject (preferably in science) at Level 2 or above; OR
  3. Have a minimum of six months’ post enrolment clinical experience and have already obtained the following:
    Applicable to applicants with HKALE results:
    Grade E or above in two subjects at Advanced Level; OR Grade E or above in one subject at Advanced Level and Grade E or above in two subjects at Advanced Supplementary Level (except Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture);
    Grade E or above in Use of English AND Chinese Language & Culture at Advanced Supplementary Level.

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a face-to-face interview.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Year 1: HK$58,500
    Year 2: HK$53,000
    Year 3: HK$54,000
    Clinical Placement fee: HK$18,000
    All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
    Note: Students may purchase professional indemnity insurance on their own.

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method
  • in person, at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centre, application form should be submitted togehter with the below supporting documents and application fee.
  • by post, application form should be sent together with the below supporting documents and application fee either in the form of a crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to HKU SPACE.

(1)   A Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card
(2)   Nursing Graduation Certificate
(3)   Certificate of Enrolment (Issued by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong)
(4)   Practising Certificate (Issued by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong)
(5)   HKCEE HKDSE HKALE Certificate
(6)   Proof of Work

All forms should be sent to Nursing Studies and Health Care, 13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong.  Please indicate "Application for Higher Diploma in Nursing" on the cover of the envelope.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.
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