Higher Diploma in Health Care (HDHC)
(Full-time / Part-time)

Mode of Study: Full-time / Part-time
Programme Length: 2 years (Full-time) / 3 years (Part-time)
QF Level: 4
QF Credits: 288

The 2020/21 annual subsidy amount under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) is $37,300

Programme Aims:

The HDHC Programme aims to provide students with a broad and enriched learning experience in the relevant healthcare disciplines such as nursing, rehabilitation and community health.

Programme Features:

1. Develop students' competency in healthcare fields: The courses are designed to equip students with
1.1 Fundamental knowledge in health sciences
1.2 Practical knowledge and skills in different healthcare services
1.3 Professional attitude and ethics in safeguarding community health
2. Provide enriched learning experiences: Based on students' own preferences and future career development plans, students will complete 4 core elective courses from a variety of specialised disciplines like nursing, rehabilitation, community health and elderly care.
3. Enable students to grasp practical experiences: In the course 'Field Attachment', students will complete at least 90 hours of onsite placement in the delivery of healthcare services. It enables students to acquire the hands-on experience, practical skills and professional ethics for growth and professional development.
4. Cultivate competitiveness for future career and personal development: Graduates will be equipped with inter-disciplinary knowledge and practical skills for development in the healthcare fields. Graduates who are admitted to programmes in physiotherapy or nursing may be eligible for credit exemption.

Programme Structure

Core Courses (10 courses)
Concepts of Health and Health Care
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Fundamental of Patient Care
Health Assessment
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Pathophysiology
Basic Pharmacology
Nutrition across Lifespan
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Field Attachment
Languages and GE Courses (7 courses)
General Education Elective
Effective English Communication
Practical Putonghua
Chinese Communication
Numerical and IT Literacy
Social Ethics
Use of English
List of Core Elective Courses (4 courses)*
Clinical Nursing Skills
Microbiology and Infection Control
Introduction to Specialty Nursing
Quality Assurance and Risk Management
Principles of Rehabilitation Practices
Exercise Therapy
Functional Anatomy
Working with Older People
Healthy Aging
*The College reserves the right to make final decision on the offering of elective courses.

Admission Requirement: Year 1 Entry:

a. Have obtained Level 2 in five subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); OR
b. Have obtained Grade E or above in one AL / two ASL subjects in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) plus five passes in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) including Chinese Language and English Language; OR
c. Have graduated from the Diploma Yi Jin; OR
d. Have completed a Qualifications Framework (QF) Level 3 programme that is approved by the College; OR
e. Mature applicant aged 21 or above on 1 September of the year when admission is sought, with relevant working experience and academic background; OR
f. Have obtained an equivalent qualification.

Academic Advancement and Career Prospect:

Graduates may further study in health-related bachelor programmes including but not limited to:
i. Bachelor of Health Sciences (Top-up degree), Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE)
ii. Bachelor of Nursing (with or without Senior Year entry), CIHE and various institutes
iii. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy, various institutes
Graduates may be employed in
i. Health centres in the primary healthcare services including the Community Health Centres and District Health Centres
ii. Healthcare services in medical group practices, rehabilitation centres, clinics and healthcare companies
iii. Health administration and management units in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare organizations
iv. Administration units in non-governmental organizations and centres
v. Medical and regulatory sections in pharmaceutical and health product companies

The programmes suggested above are for reference only. You should contact the institutions directly for the admission requirements and programme information.