About HKU Nursing of Master and PhD Program


Department of Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Programs

The Department of Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Programs offers diverse programs including undergraduate programs (4-year BSN program and 2-year BSN program)and  graduates programs (MSN program and PhD programs).

Bachelor Nursing Program Educational Goals

The Bachelor Nursing program aims to develop clinical nurse professionals who are competent and trusted by patients and their families and the public. In addition to strengthening basic medical and nursing knowledge, the curriculum focuses on learning related to the humanities, social, scientific, artistic and other knowledge and emphasizes the unity of theory and practice, so individual general capacities and dispositions, such as general clinical nursing skills, basic biomedical sciences, communication and cooperation, critical thinking, caring, ethical knowledge, accountability, and lifelong learning can be fostered.


The curriculum includes: humanities, arts disciplines, basic medical and nursing professional courses (such as medical/surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, community health and mental health nursing). The program places great emphasis on the entire process of care and clinical practice experiences. Each instructor is responsible for seven to ten students’ during internships in clinical sites at teaching hospitals in central Taiwan. Students who are interested in gerontological nursing, acute/critical care nursing, or Chinese medicine nursing may take the elective courses and practica for their future career development. Students may also take the courses or programs across departments for multidisciplinary training.

Master Nursing Program Educational Goals

The Master’s Nursing program at the Hungkuang University College of Nursing aims at educating students to become Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), who have corresponding professional function roles as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and/or Nurse Practitioners (NP). The Master’s program is based on eight core competencies of basic nursing education that prepare our graduates to become advanced practice nurses with a solid theoretical foundation, mastery of professional skills, effectiveness, professional autonomy, and independent judgment.


The curriculum of the Master’s program emphasizes bridging gaps between theory and practice so students make use of empirical and theoretical knowledge and use critical thinking in solving patient health problems in clinical settings. The Master’s program with Concentration in Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) aims to prepare nurses to assume advanced practice roles in a variety of settings based on seven graduate nursing core competencies, including competencies of direct patient care, consultation, leadership, communication and collaboration, education, research, and ethical decision-making. The Master’s program with Concentration in Nurse Practitioner (NP) emphasizes competencies in direct patient care, coaching, collaboration, and continuous quality improvement. Teaching/learning strategies include exploration of diverse topics, reports of clinical practice, case studies, oral and written report writing, peer classroom dialectic, thesis writing, and activities that foster the development of independent professionals with enhanced competence in advanced nursing care.

The three major areas of the curriculum include:

  1. Required core courses
  2. Required concentration courses
  3. Elective courses

Doctoral Nursing Program Educational Goals

The educational objectives of doctoral program are: (1) to apply advanced nursing expertise to the health care system;(2) ability to perform cross-domain rigorous nursing practice research; (3) be able to gain insight into professional clinical issues and demonstrate leadership and innovative nursing professional development; (4) lead cross-cultural nursing practice and international new trends to comply with international trends. And the core competencies of this graduate are: (1) advanced nursing practice expertise with knowledge of construction and translation; (2) ability to perform cross-disciplinary nursing practice research; (3) leadership management with improved care status and innovative ability; (4) ability to optimize international professional learning and vision to meet international trends and domestic industry needs.


   The overall curriculum design and development of the doctoral program of the Department of Nursing is based on the eight core competencies and literacy of basic nursing education (general clinical nursing skills, critical thinking skills, basic biomedical science, communication and cooperation, caring, ethical literacy, and exhaustion, Responsibilities, lifelong learning), and further accumulate the seven core competencies of the department's master's program (direct care, consulting, management leadership, communication and cooperation, education, research, and ethical decision-making) to enhance the doctoral level The four core competencies (advanced nursing practice expertise with constructive and translational knowledge, ability to perform cross-disciplinary rigorous nursing practice research, leadership management and innovation capabilities to improve care status, and ability to optimize international professional learning and vision) .