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Nursing students’ competencies can be compared with professional nurses’ competencies. However, there might be difference in terms of expertise and specialty level. For nursing education management, nursing students must undertake learning process of theory, laboratory experience, and authentic clinical practice with patients. Therefore, nursing students should have the same competencies as professional nurses that provide quality and safety of nursing practices. The competencies consists of (1) aspect of knowledge including a variety of knowledge in terms of nursing science, related sciences, technology, instrumentation and prevention and control of infection (2) aspect of technical skills including patients’ assessment and screening, interpretation of laboratory results, nursing skill practice, use of medical equipment, prevention of medical complications and continuous health education (3) aspect of non-technical skills including awareness and perception of situation, effective communication, establishment of relation and dialogue, team working, creative assertiveness, leadership, and ethics. Hence, nursing education institutes should concurrently develop aforementioned three aspects of nursing students’ competencies from the section of theoretical base, laboratory experience, and clinical practice and continuously accumulate expertise throughout education period for nursing students becoming professional nurses.