FAQs - College of Health Sciences

I. Bachelor of Nursing

At VinUni we believe that financial constraints should not prevent talented students from getting the best education. Generous scholarships and aid are available to nursing students. The best students will get scholarships to cover 100% of their educational costs. Financial aid packages that cover 50%, 70%, or 80% of tuition are also available. Check out the VinUni admissions website for detailed information. https://vinuni.edu.vn/students/en/

BN graduates will enjoy guaranteed opportunities in the Vinmec healthcare system. The top students will also get the opportunity to work at other national and even international hospitals and clinics.

Since the BN program is compliant with international standards, BN graduates will be certified for pursuing nursing specializations, research fellowships, and masters and Ph.D. programs in nursing education. In addition, when VinUni offers a future masters program in nursing, BN graduates will be able to get credits transferred to the Masters in Nursing program.

Yes, all nursing graduates will have guaranteed placement within the VinMec healthcare system with attractive salaries.

Proficiency in English is an important component of a global education and career readiness. VinUni will offer a thorough and comprehensive English language remediation and proficiency program for all those students who would benefit from such a program. In addition to an intensive language program, there will be ongoing English language coursework throughout the four years. Read more about our English language requirements here https://vinuni.edu.vn/news-list/faq-for-early-admissions-results/4/

The BN program at VinUniversity is truly the first of its kind in Vietnam. It is designed by the world’s leading experts in nursing to be relevant within Vietnam and the world. Some of the unique characteristics that set it apart are:

  • curriculum that is based on international standards, co-designed by the University of Pennsylvania (ranked first in the world for nursing education), and fully aligned with US nursing education in terms of accreditation, content, and licensure exam;
  • interdisciplinary coursework with students from the Doctor of Medicine, Engineering, Computer Science, and Business programs providing exposure to fields of study and practice that are interconnected with nursing;
  • BN faculty are accomplished and experienced academics and practitioners who are experts in nursing. Over 80% of them have Ph.D.s. VinUni faculty will be trained by and work closely with the faculty and professionals at the University of Pennsylvania in order to provide a high quality international education;
  • active learning methods, such as team-based learning, problem-based learning, case-based learning, virtual reality assisted learning, and experiential learning in Vinmec and other leading hospitals;
  • high tech, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment—pre-clinical labs and simulation centers for training of professional procedures, communication skills, and scenario-based simulation;
  • international internships and study—BN students will have the opportunity to work at international hospitals or facilities and to travel abroad for a semester in order to study at other top universities and practice at top hospitals; and
  • English language education—to truly prepare BN students to be global professionals, the medium of instruction will be English.

In addition to the unique and highly attractive features of the BN program, students will benefit from VinUni as a whole, such as our amazing sustainable campus, a stimulating student body, a world-class faculty, and our close engagement with Vingroup companies.

The BN program is focused on Excellence in Care, Excellence in Evidence, and Excellence in Outcome. VinUni nursing students will become fully competent in nursing practice procedures. They will be exposed to the most advanced learning experiences through state-of-the-art technology and research. The learning environment is one that is supportive of and conducive to student growth and learning.

Our curriculum is focused on creating skills for lifelong learners through self-directed learning. Students will be engaged in small group instruction from a strong dedicated team of lecturers and mentors; this innovative approach emphasizes learning through practice and combines the best of advanced technology with real world human contact.

The BN program will extend opportunities for overseas study — initially to the USA, Japan, and Thailand.

A good nurse is a caring and compassionate professional who has an outstanding understanding of science, clinical knowledge, and technical skills. Our nursing program is based on four themes:

  • science and research;
  • professionalism;
  • clinical knowledge; and
  • clinical and technical skills.

The BN program is a 4 year program consisting of 8 semesters. In addition to the 8 semesters, students will have one summer semester to complete their general education courses so that they can focus on their professional studies during the later years. The BN program recommends its students to fulfill all requirements within 4 years. Since students meet the required competencies through all course experiences, it is not possible to complete a BN program sooner than 4 years.

VinUni will employ the credit-system for the management of all programs. This means that students will have options to determine the progress of their learning and the selection of courses. However, since the BN program is very structured, course selection and registration will be supported by a student’s academic advisor, ensuring program completion on time. The BN program and VinUni also offer many elective courses that students can select to enrich their learning experience. Students will be granted their degree once they have fulfilled all the requirements of the program.

Our students will receive various types and methods of feedback throughout the 4 year program. These feedback mechanisms are incorporated in both theory and practice at various stages in the curriculum. The students will receive immediate feedback through participation in self-assessment exercises. Faculty, mentors, and members of the clinical/ academic team will be accessible to students for coaching and guidance throughout their studies. Moreover, peers and real and standardized patients will provide crucial feedback.

Vinmec hospitals and clinics are the practice settings for nursing students of VinUni. All nursing students will have opportunities to be immersed in hospital and patient care settings very early in their educational program.

Yes, VinUni will help students find job placements and provide counseling for international job placement.

Not at all. Decisions are usually made after graduation. Throughout the 4 year nursing program, students will be attending various specialty clinics and have the opportunity to work with a variety of patients. Students will be prepared to practice nursing internationally. Students interested in a particular specialty may take electives in order to determine which area they may want to further pursue for their specialization. Faculty advisors and career counsellors will assist students in making decisions regarding their specialty, as well as, career paths and options.

Yes, you can. We developed our program based on the United States and international standards; students will take an exam compatible with the US NCLEX License exam. However, you have to pass the exam in order to work abroad.

VinUni strongly advocates for entrepreneurship and interprofessional education. BN students will be exposed to myriad activities that will inspire their ideas as they collaborate with students from other majors to solve problems. Entrepreneurial Mindset is one of the required courses at VinUni. Also, an extensive connection with various Vingroup entities, especially Vinmec, will provide students with lots of environments in which to apply their ideas.

II. Doctor of Medicine

In in the 2020-21 intake cohort we expect to enroll a group of about fifty students.

The medium of instruction at VinUniversity is English. You will need to demonstrate ability to read, write and communicate in English so that you can participate in the learning activities using text books, lectures, reading and writing assignments in English, and can actively participate in discussions. Detailed information about the English language requirements and VinUniversity’s plan to support building English language proficiency for all students, is available at this link on our website.

There will be opportunities for students to undertake placements in their areas of interest around Vietnam, Asia Pacific region as well as globally. While VinUniversity will be maintaining a database for all the placement opportunities, we may also be able to facilitate the exchange programs at other places based on student interest and the discussion with host institution.

In order to build required competency across the essential aspects of the students’ medical education, we will require all students to take and successfully complete a certain set of foundational courses. The curriculum also allows students to choose electives throughout their six-year program. These electives provide an opportunity to explore areas of interest in the basic or clinical sciences, research-or interdisciplinary areas such as business, engineering or computer science.

Yes and No.

The MD course at VinUniversity is developed to meet national and international standards for doctors and will prepare our graduates to be successful in meeting the highest international requirements. Getting a degree from a medical school does not, however, automatically give graduates the ability to practice medicine. Most countries require medical school graduates to pass a licensing exam designed to assess competency in the contest of that country’s requirements. These requirements vary by country, and they are beyond our control. Each graduate will be responsible for ensuring that s/he complies with the requirements of the country in which s/he wishes to practice medicine.

Passion to serve humanity, intelligence and procedural and communication skills. In short, head, hand and heart i.e. three Hs.

Throughout the MD program, you will be supported and coached by VInUni faculty and staff in your learning journey. A critical part of learning and development is the quality of the feedback that students receive, and whether that feedback helps their growth as competent and confident medical doctors. We will provide feedback in a variety of settings, some of which are mentioned below:

  1. Through self-assessment exercises, in courses. These are not graded, rather designed for each student to assess their own progress and seek help as needed, or adjust their learning strategies.
  2. Through your peers/facilitators: you will be working in teams and groups, which will be facilitated by experienced faculty and academic staff. You and your team-mates will work together to give each other constructive feedback for mutual learning and growth.
  3. Patients (real and standardized): right from the beginning of your medical training, we will expose you to real patients and real-life like simulations where you will have the opportunity to respond to real situations that might confront a clinician. Your interaction with these patients will be a rich source of learning and feedback for you.
  4. Program Director and academic advisors: of course, your faculty, academic advisors and program directors will monitor your progress and give you feedback as you need, to ensure that you continue to progress in your program.

This is not an unusual fear, but rest assured, your clinical training and interaction with real patients will be closely supervised and your decisions will be made in close consultation with experienced clinicians and medical staff. We will take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of patients as well as our students, as this is our paramount priority. To provide students with training in conducting medical procedures or handling real-life patient situations, VinUniversity has a state-of-the-art simulation center where students will get experience in simulated scenarios. Gradually, as you develop and demonstrate competency in clinical and patient interaction skills, the supervision level may decrease, allowing you to develop the confidence needed to practice as a doctor.

Yes. Once in a while you will get stressed. The VinUni program is rigorous and designed to train you to be an excellent doctor: this means that you will have homework and deadlines, and successes and some failures.; it can feel intense at times This is true of any academic program.

The best way to deal with stress is to have a life outside MD program, avoid unhealthy habits, get involved with student clubs, enjoy sports, take time for yourself to rest and relax, take advantage of the academic and other student support services that will be offered to you, and if nothing else, a walk through VinUni campus is definitely going to lift your mood.

It is very unlikely that students will have a clear idea about the speciality they wish to pursue after graduation. Even if they do, there is a high likelihood that they will change their minds as they progress in their education, get exposed to other areas and possibilities and develop new interests. Your clinical placements will also serve as an orientation to the different specialties; this will give you some idea about your interests in various disciplines. We will also host career talks and provide opportunities for interactions with postgraduate trainees enrolled in residency programs.

You will be attending clinical placements at Vinmec hospitals and other top hospitals in Vietnam, such as the Military Hospital 1O8 and the Children’s Hospital in Hanoi. Graduates of the VinUniversity MD program will have the opportunity to work at Vinmec hospitals and enroll in the residency program. However, there is no requirement that they must work at VINMEC chain of hospitals. Graduates are free to seek jobs and opportunities at other hospitals, both in Vietnam and abroad.

VinUniversity strongly advocates for entrepreneurship and multi-disciplinary education. This will allow students to explore different areas and come up with ideas that can potentially be great start ups. Entrepreneurial mindset is one of the required courses at VinUniversity. This will be further facilitated through collaborations with various VinGroup entities, especially VINMEC, and provide students with a nurturing environment for developing their ideas into real start-up opportunities.