Disaster Nursing

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

24 months
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The overall aim of the programme is to offer experienced nurses the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skill and judgement necessary to function effectively as practitioner, supervisor, collaborator, educator, manager and researcher and leader in a disaster-affected healthcare system.

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This programme is tailored-made to prepare nurses in advanced practice competencies in the discipline of disaster nursing and its research needs of the Chinese communities. The selection of subjects for preparing students is based on the projected health needs of the affected community throughout the disaster management continuum.Classes are conducted in Sichuan University – Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR). Class contact will be arranged in five 2-week intensive study blocks over two years, complemented by on-line learning activities and independent learning of prescribed reading and assignment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Risk Reduction Management in a Disaster
  • Medical and Public Health Response in a Disaster
  • Disasters and Mental Health

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University or its equivalent in China
  • Three years of work experience as a Registered Nurse in China, preferably in Accident and Emergency, Critical Care, Orthopedics, Trauma Care, Burn, Intensive Care (including Paediatrics) and Community Health
  • English Language Requirement
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test, 550 for the paper-based test, or 213 for the computer-based test; OR
    • An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
    • Chinese mainland's College English Test (CET) Band 6 or equivalent (an admission English test will be administered for applicants who do not meet the English language requirement).

Tuition Fee

Not specified.


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