Baccalaureate nursing education curriculum in the People's Republic of China: Status, issues, and reforms

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This article examines baccalaureate nursing education curricula in the People’s Republic of China. Three 5-year curricula and one 4-year curriculum were content analyzed and contrasted. Findings of this study suggested that: (i) the biomedical model dominated the three 5-year traditional curricula; (ii) political-ideological content permeated all four curricula; and (iii) the reformed curriculum at Peking Union Medical College was a genuine effort toward building a new nursing curriculum model that intended to differentiate nursing education from medical education. In addition, major themes of recent curriculum reforms were highlighted. Recommendations were suggested to improve the outcomes of future curriculum endeavors. Explicit as well as implicit comparisons with an ideal–typical American generic baccalaureate nursing curriculum were made when appropriate.


Baccalaureate nursing education; Bachelor of arts degree; China; Curriculum change; Nurses – Education; Nursing – Study and teaching (Higher); Reform; Universities and colleges—Curricula


Curriculum and Instruction | Nursing | Other Nursing

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