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Professional Diploma in Nursing

Link to The Hospital Authority webpage

Programme Aims, Structure and Mode of Study

  • This is a 4-year full time pre-registration nursing programme leading to an award of Professional Diploma in Nursing (PDN).
  • The PDN programme aims to prepare students to become competent, caring and professional nurses who are able to understand the holistic nature of health, apply principles of nursing and demonstrate proficiency in caring for clients in primary, secondary and tertiary level of the health care settings.
  • This is a credit based nursing programme which has been accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK) and Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualification (HKCAAVQ) at Qualification Framework (QF) Level 5 with 680 QF credits.
  • The programme is organized by the Hospital Authority (HA). Teaching will mainly be conducted in the following gazetted registered nurse training schools:
    1. School of Nursing, Caritas Medical Centre
    2. School of General Nursing, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    3. School of General Nursing, Tuen Mun Hospital
  • The curriculum includes both theoretical component and clinical practicum in various HA hospitals and community settings.
  • The medium of instruction is English for all teaching & learning activities and assessments (except the subjects Chinese Language and Chinese Medicinal Nursing and Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and supplemented with Chinese.

Professional Recognition

  • On successful completion of the programme, graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurse (General) under the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  1. (I) Applicable to applicants with Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) results
    1. HKALE with Grade E or above in one subject, or HKALE Advanced Supplementary Level (AS-Level) with Grade E or above in two subjects; and
    2. Passed 5 subjects in HKCEE, or equivalent, details are as below:
      • English Language (Syllabus B) at Grade D or above, or English Language (Syllabus A) at Grade B or above, or English Language at Level 3 or above (for HKCEE issued after 2007); and
      • Chinese Language at Grade E or above, or Chinese Language at Level 2 or above (for HKCEE issued after 2007); and
      • Any one science subject from the following at Grade E or above: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics; and
      • Any one other subject at Grade E or above: Accommodation and Catering Services, Additional Mathematics, Biology, Buddhist Studies, Chemistry, Chinese History, Chinese Literature, Commerce, Computer and Information Technology, Design and Technology, Design and Technology (Alternative Syllabus), Economics, Economics & Public Affairs, Electronics and Electricity, English Literature, French, Geography, Government and Public Affairs, Graphical Communication, History, Home Economics (Food, Home and Family), Human Biology, Integrated Humanities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Putonghua, Religious Studies, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Word Processing and Business Communication (English); and
      • Any one other subject at Grade E or above; and
      • Any one of the above subjects (i) – (v) must be at Grade C (or Level 3 for English Language or Chinese Language) or above.

    (II) Applicable to applicants with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) results
    1. The candidates must have a minimum of 5 subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, or equivalent, or any recognized qualification above. The 5 compulsory subjects required are:
      • 4 Core Subjects, with English Language and Chinese Language at Level 3 or above, and Mathematics and Liberal Studies at Level 2 or above; and
      • 1 Elective Subject from Category A – New Senior Secondary Subjects at Level 2 or above
  2. Fluent in both written English and Chinese, and oral English and Cantonese.

Minimum Age of Commencement of Training

  • No person shall be eligible to commence the training unless he/she has attained the age of 18 or above.

Commencement Date of the Programme

  • 6 September 2021 (Monday)

Online Application Procedure

  • Online application (
  • The completed online application form should be submitted with attachment of the copy of bank-in payment slip of HK$150 application fee and copies of applicant’s academic certificates and/or documentary proof of the equivalent) on or before 23 July 2021 23:59:59. An acknowledgement email will be sent to applicants upon receiving application documents.
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  • Applications would be shortlisted, and selected candidates would be invited to attend an interview. Notification for interview (if any) and subsequent communications would be by email. Applicants who do not receive any invitation email for interview from the Joint Admission Centre for Professional Diploma in Nursing programme by 13 August 2021 should consider their applications unsuccessful.
  • Applicants are required to produce the originals of all relevant documents for verification.
  • Applicant’s personal data will only be used for the purpose of admission. Afterwards, data will be handled according to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.

Application Fee

  • Application fee is HK$150 (non-refundable). Applicants are required to deposit the application fee directly to the following designated bank account:

Application Period

  • 7 June 2021 (Monday) – 23 July 2021 (Friday)

Tuition Fees

  • The total tuition fee for students admitted to the programme in the academic year 2021/2022 is HK$130,150. Each student has to pay an annual tuition fee of HK$30,000-35,000 by two instalments.
  • Details of the payment method would be provided to successful applicants.
  • Tuition fee paid will not be refunded.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Please click here for the FAQ.

Telephone enquiry hotlines (from 7 June 2021 to 10 September 2021)

  • 2300 6300 / 2300 6400 / 2300 6500
    (Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, except on public holidays)

Information Webinar

  • Two sessions of open up webinar will be arranged in July 2021, prior registration is not required, please join on first-come-first served basis. (Quota: 500 per session)
    Session Session 1 Session 2
    Date 5 July 2021 21 July 2021
    Time 10:00 am 2:00 pm
    Webinar ID: 981 5932 5616
    Passcode: 072021
    Webinar ID: 981 5932 5616
    Passcode: 072021
  • Note: Those who are unable to join the information webinar may visit the HA Facebook / Instagram pages for extracted video clips/ information from the webinar afterwards.


  • Each applicant should only submit ONE application form for this programme “Professional Diploma in Nursing”.
  • Successful candidates will be required to complete a health check at their own cost before commencement of this programme.
  • This is a full-time programme and students will not receive any monetary reward from Hospital Authority.
  • Students should be expected to attend classes at different school campuses, where necessary.
  • Students are required to wear uniform during clinical training (students need to buy the uniforms at their own cost).
  • Students are required to purchase their own personal accident insurance coverage at their own cost before commencement of programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in this programme may apply the following financial assistance from the Student Finance Office, Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students; or,
  • Non-means-tested Loan Scheme

For details, please visit the website: or telephone enquiry hotline: 2802 2345.