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Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS)

Bachelor of Nursing Science Program


The Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS) program at the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University is a full-time four-year professional program that prepares a student for a career as a registered nurse. We offer both a Thai and an International program in response to the significant global needs for qualified nurses. Our undergraduate program has both practical and theoretical elements to ensure students are fully prepared for their important role in taking care of patients. They gain practical experience in specialist simulation laboratories on campus before practicing in hospitals, and in the community. The BNS Program focuses on training students to provide nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities of different races, religions, and cultures in both healthcare facilities and the community, domestically, and internationally.


The BNS program prepares graduates to:

  1. Apply knowledge of nursing and related sciences, including evidences in nursing practice.
  2. Provide holistic nursing care in response to the needs of individuals, groups, and communities of different races, religions, and cultures through the entire life span and health states in different levels of health care settings.
  3. Communicate effectively and establish appropriate relationships with others in academic, working, and daily life.
  4. Develop systematic and critical thinking and make clinical judgements including solving problems creatively.
  5. Utilize digital technology effectively and ethically for self-development, work, and communication.
  6. Use research and innovation process to solve nursing and health problems.
  7. Demonstrate leadership and managements skills in working collaboratively with a health care team, clients, and related persons.
  8. Demonstrate inquiry mind, and able to perform self-directed learning and self-development continuously.
  9. Have morals, ethics, a sense of responsibility, kindness, and respect for human dignity.
  10. Apply appropriately mathematical and statistical analysis skills to the nursing profession.
  11. Respect a diversity of beliefs, religions, and cultures.
  12. Demonstrate a good attitude towards the self, the nursing profession, and awareness of professional values and rights.
  13. Be a global citizen and live a worthwhile life.

The BNS program provides a balance between providing students with a general education foundation and a broad-based core curriculum. General education classes are taken with students from other Faculties on the CMU main campus, while the core professional education classes are taken with nursing students from the health science faculties. Students will practice nursing skills in clinical laboratories, including simulation labs. Once students have mastered their skills in the clinical labs, they will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through clinical practice at a variety of health care settings and in the community. The program of eight regular semesters and one summer session is typically completed in four years. The period of study shall not exceed eight academic years. The program begins with an orientation in late July and the classes start in early August.


Requirement for BNS International Program Applicants

For Thai and non-Thai applicants. Thai applicants are admitted through the Thai University Center Admission System. For non-Thai applicants or Thai applicants who graduated in a foreign country can follow the following schedule and procedures through the admission online system at the Registration Office, Chiang Mai University Website: https://www1.reg.cmu.ac.th/

  • Applicants must have no record of serious misconduct and agree to strictly follow the rules and regulations of the university.
  • Applicants must not have a serious contagious disease or any disease that will obstruct their studies.
  • Applicants must be in good health, with no illnesses, symptoms, or disabilities which would be an obstacle to their studies. Applicants with the following illnesses, symptoms, or disabilities are ineligible for admission:
    • Any disability which is an obstacle to study.
    • Severe psychiatric problems including psychotic disorders, autistic spectrum, mood disorders, severe neurotic disorders, personality disorders such as antisocial personality disorders or borderline personality disorders, or other psychiatric problems which are obstacles to study, practice, and work as a professional nurse.
    • Any contagious disease in the transmission phase which can be a danger to yourself, and the patients, or cause permanent disability which in turn will be an obstacle to study, practice, and work as a professional nurse.
    • Non-communicable diseases or disorders which are an obstacle to study including
      • Uncontrolled epilepsy
      • Severe heart disease which is an obstacle to studying, practice, aworkingork as a professional nurse
      • Severe hypertension with permanent complications to any organ
      • Chronic kidney disease
    • Substance use disorder
    • Visual problems including severe color blindness or having visual acuity in your good eye of less than 6/12 or 20/40 after correction
    • Sensory neural hearing loss of a hearing threshold above 40 dB at 500-2,000 Hz.
    • Other diseases or disabilities which the physical examination committee determines as an obstacle to study.

The Dean of the Faculty of Nursing may request an expert to help conduct further assessment


  • Applicants who are Non-Native English Speakers or from a country where English is not an official language Applicants who apply for the Nursing Science program can submit one of the following English Language Certificates with a minimum score of:
    • IELTS minimum band score of 5.5 or
    • TOEFL minimum score of 525 PBT or 196 CBT or 70 IBT or
    • TOEFL ITP Test with a minimum score of 525 PBT from an institute/ center accredited by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Remark :       Applicants who do not have an English Language Certificate, MUST take the English Placement Test arranged by CMU-ICDI. To qualify as a successful applicant, the applicant taking the CMU English Placement Test must score at least 60% of the total score. The English Placement Test will be held on the same day as the examination for specialized subjects. Test fees must be paid with the application fee.

  • Applicants who are Native English Speakers and from a country where English is an official language: All applicants will be exempted from the English Proficiency Qualifications.


Graduated from or studying in the final term of Matthayom Suksa 6 (M.6)or its equivalent under the following conditions, 

3.1      Graduated from an international school in Thailand

o    The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)(5 terms for those who are studying and 6 terms for those who have already graduated) is 3.00

o    Applicants must have Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in each subject.

3.2      Graduated from an overseas institution/have certificated in the list of secondary education equivalency system below,

o    British System

§  General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A Level) with grade results A*-E on at least 3 different subjects, or

§  Cambridge Pre-U with grade result M1 or D1-D3 on at least 3 different subjects.

o    American System

§  General Educational Development (GED) Credential obtained before May 2017 with minimum total score 2250 on all 5 subjects and at least 410 points on each subject, or

§  General Educational Development (GED) Credential obtained from May 2017 with minimum score 145 on all 4 subjects.

o    New Zealand System

§  National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Record of Achievement: At least 80 credits achieved (60 credits at Level 2 or above + 20 credits at Level 1 or above), with English for Speaker of other Languages (ESOL) considered as a subject. and

§  Applicants must submit NCEA level 2 certificate, Record of Achievement, Level certification letter, list of subjects and number of credits for each subject from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

o    International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)

§  International Baccalaureate Diploma with the total score from 5 subjects and 1 free elective at least 24 points. Applicants must pass the Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) evaluation, in accordance with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) criteria, or

§  IB Diploma Course Results (IBCR) with not less than grade 3 on at least 5 different subjects

o    Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC)

§  BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with grade results D*-P. Applicants must have PEARSON Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma of Year 12 - 13 in 3 subjects: Business, Travel and Tourism, and Sport accompanied by a High School Diploma.

o    Other high school diplomas

§  High school diploma from an international school in Thailand with an equivalency certificate issued by the Ministry of Education, Thailand, or o High school diploma from an international school oversea with an equivalency certificate issued by the Ministry of Education, Thailand, or

§  High school diploma in Chinese High System must have a minimum average score of 60 out of 100 or 90 out of 150 in their field of study (Sciences Only) for at least 4 semesters and the maximum score for each subject must be presented in the transcript.

§  High school diploma in the Myanmar Matriculation System with a Matriculation Examination Pass Certificate and either

o    “O” Level Pass Certificate or

o    Transcripts of the first academic year in an undergraduate degree or diploma from an acknowledged university.

§  For education systems from countries not mentioned above, check the foreign academic qualifications from the Ministry of Education's announcement on the Education Equivalency System, January 18, 2002. (https://cmu.to/AnnexTCAS66 in Thai)

  • Additional Requirements

1.       Students who are studying in or have graduated from an international program in M.6 in the Thai educational system must have Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 in each subject.

2.       Students who submit a Standard Certification Equivalency must have Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics in their transcript or it is listed in a standards test (e.g. AP exam scores)


All applicants must complete the online application form and are required to submit clear and readable scanned documents (each file size not over 1 MB) as follows:

  1. A scanned copy of the high school graduation certificate for Mattayom Suksa 6, or Grade 12 or equivalent, Thai or English, or the foreign equivalent. (If not in English, please submit the original document with an official English translation) or a certificate of current student status ( if studying).
  2. A scanned copy of the official high school transcript, Thai or English, or the foreign equivalent (if not in Thai or English, please submit the original document with an official English translation).
  3. An official certificate of English language proficiency (if available).
  4. For Thai citizens: a scanned copy of the Thai National ID Card.
  5.  For non-Thai citizens: a scanned copy of passport.
  6.  One 2x2 inch-photo in school uniform or in formal dress taken within the last 6 months (in jpg format).
  7.  Additional documents required by the chosen program

Important Remarks: If any documents submitted are found to be fraudulent, applicants will be automatically disqualified.

  • Application fee (non-refundable): 1,200 Thai Baht (per program)

  • English Placement Test Fee (non-refundable): 400 Thai Baht

Methods of payment

Chiang Mai University must receive the fee(s) in full (excluding transferring fee) in order to process the application. Payment can be made by;

  1. QR code during the application process. (No fee and real time update) or
  2. Credit card (2.3% for processing fee) or
  3. Payment at the counter service (in Thailand only) with the printed payment form from the application system.
Academic Program Thai Student (Thai Baht) Foreign Student(Thai Baht)
Bachelor of Nursing Science 45,000 65,000
Faculty Registration Fees (One-time payment) 20,200 20,200

To apply for Thai visa, accepted foreign applicants MUST request their official visa application documents via CMU-IRD-VISA Online within 1 week after accepting the offer in IPAS at https://ird.cmu.ac.th/visa-online.

The International Relations Department of Chiang Mai University (CMU-IRD) will send the documents required for the visa application to the email address provided by the applicant during the application process. Hard copies or originals of the documents are available upon request with a mailing fee of approximately 1,000 Thai Baht for an international address and approximately 60 Thai Baht for a domestic address. Foreign applicants will not be able to enter Thailand or extend their existing visa in Thailand without the official application documents obtained through CMU-IRD-VISA Online.


Admitted applicants are required to purchase health insurance while studying at Chiang Mai University. This insurance may be purchased upon arrival on the advice of the faculty. Applicants who have already obtained international insurance in their home country must provide proof of accident and health insurance coverage for this waiver.



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