English Taught Program-Bachelor Degree in Nursing Science

What is the program about?

Guided by societal needs for health and human caring, this Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is to prepare students for works as excellent nursing professional - with wide horizon, solid foundation, skillful performance and great creativity - in different healthcare facilities or for advanced studies as academic elite in any health-related areas. Students are expected to build professional attributes, to master essential theories and occupational knowledge, and to develop fundamental skills across nursing and medicine. Also being expected is the strong competence in clinical practice, research and innovation, teaching, management as well as life-long learning with the great potential for a better career development.

How long does the program last?

The four-year BSN program will be fully taught in English, but for clinical courses, lab skills training, clinical observation or practum in labs, hospital, nursing home or other community facilities, simultaneous interpretation may be arranged to support the communication among students, teachers, patients and their family members. Upon the successful completion of the program, students will be conferred with the BSN degree authorized by the Ministry of Education, P. R. of China. The nursing licensing exam and registration is not an integral part of this program.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should have the diploma or graduate certification for senior high school studies or equivalent, and should have passed the appropriate examination for the entrance to colleges in their own country equivalent to that in mainland China. It is no need to have to pass any Chinese language test for the application, but there does need some evidence showing the English proficiency otherwise an interview (e.g. a Skype interview) is required for such an evaluation purpose.

How to Graduate?

Credit Requirements

The total credits for the program are no less than 120, of which no less than 100 credits are for compulsory (core) courses.

Thesis Requirements

Students are required to complete a literature review in writing upon the completion of clinical practice in the fourth semester year. At least two supervisors will be available to for the accomplishment of this task. Students are encouraged to finish the review paper as early as possible and get it accepted before their graduation.

Program Courses:

Main Disciplinary Courses 

Nursing disciplinary coursesinclude Nursing Professional Development, Fundamental of Nursing, Nursing Ethics, Health Assessment, Nursing Psychology, Nursing Interpersonal Communication, Medical and Surgical Nursing, Gynecological and Obstetric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Acute and Critical Care, Psychiatry Nursing, Traditional Chinese Nursing, Community Nursing, Health Education, Nursing Research, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, and Nursing Etiquette. Health disciplinary foundational courses include Human Anatomy, Pathoanatomy, Histology and Embryology, Human Physiology, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Medical Immunology, Pharmacology and Statistics.

Main Laboratory and Clinical Studies 

Laboratory skill training and clinical observational studies are integral to following courses, i.e. Human Anatomy, Pathoanatomy, Human Physiology, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Medical Immunology, Pharmacology, Fundamental of Nursing, Health Assessment, Nursing Psychology, Nursing Interpersonal Communication, Internal Medical and Surgical Nursing, Gynecological and Obstetric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Acute and Critical Care, Psychiatry Nursing, Traditional Chinese Nursing, Community Nursing, Nursing Management, and Nursing Etiquette. The 40-week or 24-credit hour practice rotation in the fourth semester year is necessary for the successful graduation and awardee of BN degree.


A list of scholarships for prospective and current students can be found at this website. 

Highlights of the Program

As one of the only two WHO Collaborating Centers for nursing in mainland China, the School of Nursing has a group of strong and dedicated faculty and supporting staff who are able to provide immediate support for students’ concerns over coursework, lab skills training, clinical studies, research, extracurricular activities, as well as personal and professional development. A variety of international exchange programs are available for short-, middle- or long-term studies including degree- or certificate-based studies in other countries (e.g. U.S., Canada, Australia, Sweden) or developed societies (e.g. Hong Kong and Taiwan). Affluent opportunities for different extracurricular activities are created by the nursing school, student associations and/or societal voluntary organizations to facilitate students’ healthy growth, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.


Registration Fee: CNY 500

Tuition: CNY 32,000 every semester year

Medical Insurance: 1,500 RMB/year

Online Application

“Online Application System” is available for prospective international students. Please enter www.apply.sdu.edu.cn  for submitting application and tracking application status.

Contact Information

International Admission Office                   Yuli Zang, Associate Dean, School of Nursing

Department of International Affairs             Email: yulizh@sdu.edu.cn

Email: admission@sdu.edu.cn                     Phone: +86 (0)531 8838 0705

Tel: +86 (0)531 88364854                   

International Recruitment Flyer  (See the other separate file)

Core Courses Description    

lNursing Professional Development

2 credit hours   

This course aims to deepen bachelor nursing students’ understanding of demands for nursing professional development within the context of globalization, and to help foster professional competencies for becoming newly registered nurses according to professional practice standards and guidelines in mainland China and internationally. Main topics include: today’s health care systems, competency for General Registered Nurses for China and ICN, professional health care careers, human development and personal qualities and professional skills for success, managing competing demands, diversity and economics in health care, face people with complaints and nursing deteriorating, safety for patients and oneself including occupational health, critical thinking and problem solving, informatics competency and nursing documentation, risks and decisions, interdisciplinary teamwork and leadership as well as mentorship, nurses as learners and teachers, becoming an independent practitioner.

lNursing Ethics

2 credit hours   

This course mainly studies about professional morality and related theories. It introduces the principles/rules of nursing ethics and categories of nursing standards and norms, general or specific. Also included is education about nursing ethics, nursing morality development and evaluation, and so forth.

lHealth Assessment

4 credit hours, including 1.5-credit hour of laboratory study   

This course focuses on client assessment, health risks and formation of nursing diagnosis and health teaching. Emphasis is on the process of client interaction and use of appraisal skills in the collection of physical, psychosocial, and cultural data.

lFundamental of Nursing

6 credit hours, including 2-credit hour of laboratory study   

This course is designed to provide the students with the fundamental concepts, theories and basic skills of nursing required to promote, maintain, and restore health. Topics include, but are not limited to, comfort, safety, vital sign assessment, immobility and activity, infection control, sleep, oxygenation, nutrition, elimination and medication management. Classroom lectures, clinical experiences in skills laboratory and selected health care facilities provide students the opportunity to practice basic psychomotor skills. At the conclusion of this course, the student should demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with common health alterations.

lNursing Research 2 credit hours

The history of nursing research, terminology, and steps in the research process are explored. Research as a basis for assessment of outcomes of health promotion and health care interventions including therapeutic nursing interventions is emphasized. Research questions relevant to clinical practice are identified. Interpretation of research for use in nursing practice is emphasized. The role of theory and ethical issues involved in the conduct of research is addressed.

lNursing Psychology

2.5 credit hours, including 1-credit hour of laboratory study 

As a new-developing subject, nursing psychology plays an important role in improving nursing quality, promoting the progress and development of nursing science. It studies the occurrence, development and change law of the psychological activities of nursing objects and staffs. The main purpose of nursing psychology is to study how to use the theories, methods and techniques of psychology to solve psychological problems encountered in nursing practice.

lNursing Education

1.5 credit hours

This course focuses on undergraduate training objectives. It is good for students to develop their skill of teaching ability and comprehensive quality. In accordance with the principles of education and nursing education disciplines' structural features, following main contents are selected and organized, including overview of nursing pedagogy, educational psychological theories, nursing teachers and students, aims and objectives of nursing education, curriculum of nursing education, process and principles of nursing teaching, nursing teaching methods and media, nursing teaching evaluation, and so forth.

lNursing Management

2 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of clinical study   

This course would introduce the development and principals of management, the basic function of management, e.g. planning, organizing, human resource management, leadership and controlling, as well as its implication and application in nursing practice.

lMedical and Surgical Nursing

16 credit hours, including 3-credit hour of clinical study  

Medical Nursing is a complex nursing course integrating the knowledge of basic medicine, clinical medicine as well as humanistic and social sciences. This course constitutes contents about nursing care for patients with respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, hematological, urinary, or rheumatic problems. It introduces about common diseases’ clinical demonstration, treatment rules, nursing diagnosis, nursing assessment and care measures from the perspective of internal medicine.

Surgical Nursing focuses the teaching on general surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, urology and orthopedics in addition to the general introduction to surgery. It requires students to place emphasis on the learning of common surgical problems’ clinical demonstration, diagnostic foci and treatment principles based on the overall good understanding about their corresponding etiology and pathology. Students are also expected to develop the capability to apply relevant knowledge to patients’ needs assessment, diagnosis, and then care plan and implementation.

lGynecology and Obstetrics Nursing

4 credit hours, including 1-credit hour of clinical study  

This course focuses on the physiological, pathology and psychological processes across women’s life stages. It aims to prepare students with sufficient knowledge and skills surrounding reproductive health and common problems to provide quality physical and psychosocial care for women at particular ages.

lPediatrics Nursing

4 credit hours, including 1-credit hour of clinical observation  

Pediatric Nursing is a clinical specialty nursing course to introduce the growth and development of the fetus, child and adolescents, to equip students with necessary knowledge and skills about common health problems in children or quality physical and psychosocial care provision and other types of support related to disease prevention, symptom control, and positive development.

lCommunity Nursing

2.5 credit hours, including 0.5-credit community study   

The course introduces the basic work approaches in community and major community nursing services in accordance with present and predicted future community nursing situations, aiming to develop students’ competency in community nursing including the mastery of critical concepts in community nursing.

lPsychiatry Nursing

1.5 credit hours   

Psychiatric Nursing is an integral part of Psychiatry and gradually developed as an essential branch of nursing science. The main contents of this course include basic knowledge in Psychiatry and basic psychiatric nursing skills for looking after patients with common mental illnesses. Upon completing this course, students should be able to master basic knowledge and skills in relevant areas aforementioned.

lAcute & Critical Care

2 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of clinical study

This course integrates contents in areas of internal medicine, surgery, gynecology & obstetrics, pediatrics, nursing fundamentals as well as pathophysiology, physiology and so forth. It introduces the structure and health services in emergency and intensive care settings, including the constitution of emergency medical system, pre-hospital ambulance system. A variety of topics are covered in this course, for instance, pre-hospital rescue principles and characteristics, the appropriate use of medical technologies in emergency and intensive care places, heart arrest and CPR technic. The pathogenesis, treatment principles and major nursing care measures for patients with shock, electric shock, trauma, multi-organ dysfunction, acute poison, coma, heatstroke, drowning, and a few common clinical crises and rescue skills are to be introduced too.

lTraditional Chinese Nursing

2 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of clinical study   2credits(including 0.5credit of internship)

It mainly includes a brief development history of traditional Chinese nursing , traditional Chinese medicine nursing basic tasks and category, the basic characteristics and the basic theory of traditional Chinese nursing, four diagnostics, learning basic knowledge, general nursing, traditional Chinese medicine of traditional Chinese medicine clinical medicine nursing.

l Gerontological Nursing

1.5 credit hours   

Through the study of this course, students can understand older people’s physical and psychological characteristic. This course aims to help students enhance their professional competence to meet specific health needs among older people. The main contents of this course include an introduction to gerontological nursing, theories of aging, geriatric health assessment and health promotion, medication management, mental health care, the management of common diseases and health problems among older people, and so forth.

lHealth Education

1.5 credit hours   

A foundation course in the development of health education programs for hospitals, work sites, community, and schools. Topics include but are not limited to health risk factors and models for health behavior, health education needs assessment, evidence-based interventions designed to promote health in a variety of health care settings, and evaluation of program efficacy. Emphasis is placed on education for health promotion and lifestyle changes.

lNursing Interpersonal Communication

2 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of clinical study   

This course explores the dynamics of interpersonal communication. It starts from the introduction to the use of social cognitive theory in interpersonal communication, and then moves to the explication of the interpersonal communication theory. Also included are contents about more complex dynamics of interpersonal communication such as intimacy, communication climates, and interpersonal conflict.

lHuman anatomy

3 credit hours, including 1-credit hour of laboratory study   

Human anatomy is the science dealing with the gross morphology of the human body. It aims to teach the students to know about the morphology, location, interrelations, growth and development pattern, and functions of the structures of the body, and hence to establish a firm basis for other medical and nursing courses.


2 credit hours    

Pathoanatomy is the general instructions and the theory of pathological anatomy and pathology. It is a medical science that studies disease occurrence, development, reveals the nature of the disease, through the understanding and masters the regular pattern of disease essence and development, which provides the theoretical foundation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and prevention.

lHistology and Embryology

1.5 credit hours  

Histology is the study of the general structure, the ultrastructure, and the relationship between these structures and functions of four basic tissues and the system organs in optical or electron microscope. Embryology is the science of studying human body occurrence, development and growth rules, including fertilization, cleavage, layer differentiation, organs in each system and related deformities.

lHuman Physiology I 

3.5 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of laboratory study   

Physiology is a branch of biology and it is the scientific study of the normal function of living organism. Human physiology is the study of physiology of human body from the level of cells and molecules, organs and systems and the overall level of body. The task of human physiology is to clarify the normal activity processes of the organs and cells that constitute the human body and the functional mechanism, the impact of changes in its internal and external environment of the body on these processes, as well as the harmonization of function and activities among every components of human body.


2.5 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of laboratory study  

This course comprises general instruction (i.e. the general rule of etiology and pathogenesis) and the introduction to basic pathologic process (e.g. water and electrolyte balance disorder, heat shock, oxygen, and disseminated intravascular coagulation), system organ pathology (e.g. cardiac insufficiency, respiratory dysfunction, hepatic insufficiency and renal insufficiency)


3 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of laboratory study  

Biochemistry is the study of the structure and function of the biological macromolecule, such as saccharides, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids. This includes the normal metabolic processes of these substances and energy, the reaction pathways, changes laws, as well as the regulatory role in the body's metabolism. Besides, biochemistry also introduced various types of metabolic disorders and the mechanisms of various clinical diseases.

lMedical microbiology

2.5 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of laboratory study  

Medical microbiology is an important branch of microbiology, a main course of preclinical medicine, the main research is related to pathogenic microorganisms, includes pathogenic microorganisms’ medical biology, gene structure, the pathogenesis and immune mechanism and specificity of diagnosis, prevention and control measures.

lMedical Immunology

2.5 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of laboratory study   

It mainly introduces antigens, the immune response process of body's immune system (including immune organs, immune cells, immune molecules): immune tolerance and immune regulation etc. In addition, it also introduces the immune phenomenon closely related to human health and clinical disease, such as allergic reactions.


3.5 credit hours, including 0.5-credit hour of laboratory study  

Pharmacology is the key subject to bridge the biomedical science, clinical medicine, nursing and pharmaceutical practices. Through applying the theory of basic medical knowledge, such as physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pathophysiology, microbiology and immunology, it lays foundation for clinical rational drug usage. It also clarifies the pharmacological effects of drugs.


2 credit hours  

Statistics is an applied science that applies the principles and methods of probability theory and mathematical statistics to health data in reality so to elaborate the basic principle and steps of statistical design, and to explore the collecting, sorting and analyzing of health data.