KWNC was established in 1999 and the Department of Further Studies was formed in 2001 to cater the needs of continuing education for nurses as well as the demands for health care and first-aid knowledge in the community. The Department was renamed Extramural Studies Department (ESD) in September 2008 with the following objectives:
1. To promote lifelong education and enhance nursing professionalism to better serve the public;
2. To offer various courses in health and nursing to raise public’s health care awareness;
3. To promote KWNC to the public;
4. To enable KWNC teachers to engage more with the public; and
5. To introduce more programmes / courses and develop more teaching resources. 

ESD is one of the organizational units of KWNC. In the past 15 years, in order to facilitate the integration of teaching, research and social services, ESD has run a variety of short to long term health certificate / diploma programmes or courses for different government agencies and other bodies. These programmes / courses include:
1. Nursing programmes / courses
   1) Health assessment 
   2) Computer 
   3) Professional medical English
   4) Infectious disease and public health
   5) Certificate course in hospice & palliative care
   6) Nursing research
2. Health certificate programmes / courses
   1) Training course for in-service school health care professionals
   2) Health care course (for senior secondary school students)
   3) Certificate course in gerontological nursing
   4) Fundamental / advanced health care training programme
   5) Professional post-natal care course
   6) Cosmetology / domestic helpers / massage treatment training courses
3. First aid training courses
    1) Primary and intermediate first aid training course 
    2) Automated external defibrillators and entonox analgesia management course 
    3) Life support course
    4) Basic ECG knowledge course / childbirth and its complication course 
    5) Emergency medical instructor training course 
    6) Basic life support for health care provider course (BLS)
    7) Advanced cardiovascular life support provider course (ACLS)
4. Health promotion courses and talks
   1) Child care knowledge
   2) Nursing service
   3) Elderly self-care
   4) Eye care training for teachers
   5) Teaching skills for students' eye and dental health 
   6) Parent and child home care course
   7) Little first aider course
   8) School health talk
   9) First aid knowledge in school   
   10) Community health talk
   11) Diet and nutrition in school

1. To open up community resources;
2. To work closely with other organizations; 
3. To develop College's teaching resources; 
4. To move forward steadily.