9 Nursing courses in Singapore to launch your healthcare journey of a lifetime

Have you ever thought of becoming a nurse?

With a rapidly aging population and the rise of chronic diseases, the need for nurses in Singapore is stronger than ever. Increasing awareness of what a nurse’s responsibilities entail (which is more than the clearing of bedpans and administering of injections, fyi), along with national plans such as the Healthcare Manpower Plan 2020,have seen increased interest in the profession. NUS, for example, has seen a steady increase in demand for their nursing degree, receiving 2,200 applications in 2017.This is 27% higher than the 1,730 applications NUS received in 2015.

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Currently, there are around 39,000 nurses working across the island (2015 figures) but this number is set to increase, as Singapore works towards growing the healthcare workforce by 30,000 strong.

Without further ado, Digital Senior presents you a list of some of the available nursing courses in Singapore! Do bear in mind however, that all nursing degrees except NUS’s are post-registration/top-ups, meaning that being a registered nurse or having a diploma is necessary (or have both, depending on the course) before you can take them.

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Course list:

*All course fees are for 2017/18 intakes and subject to changes depending on the school; fees do not include misc. fees.

Diplomas

  • Parkway College – Diploma in Nursing

If you didn’t already know, Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health is actually the education arm of Parkway Pantai Limited, which is Southeast Asia’s largest private healthcare provider!Established in 2008, Parkway College’s teachers are all healthcare professionals with years of experience, so rest assured – you are in capable hands. The College has 2 nursing skill labs for its students’ use, along with other useful facilities like a Clinical Simulation Centre that will prep you for emergency and clinical situations. For more information, read about the school here.

Programme Duration: Full-time basis: 36 months

Accreditation: The institute is EduTrust certified, and registered with the Committee of Private Education (CPE) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

Curriculum: The course has a total of 41 modules delivered over 6 semesters, covering areas such as Behavioural Science and Pharmacology. Lessons are conducted in the form of lectures, tutorials, and include experiential learning as well as case study discussions.

Course Fees: SGD 8,667 for Singaporeans, 15,408 for PRs, 28,248 for international students

Prospects: Parkway College graduates are widely sought after, with a high employment rate of 95% (2017)!The College’s affiliation with the Parkway Group helps increases chances of embarking on a nursing career with its hospitals (Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles, etc.), and its graduates typically earn a starting pay of 2-2.3k per month.

  • Nanyang Polytechnic – Diploma in Nursing

Nanyang Polytechnic was the first polytechnic here to offer nursing courses, and has seen over 20,000 nursing students through its doors ever since! Students get to experience hands-on training in the school’s NYP-HIMSS Centre of Excellence that blends classroom learning with hospital and clinical settings, and train with the various technologies employed within them.

Programme Duration: Full-time basis, 3 years

Curriculum: The Diploma exposes you to a little Management and Leadership, and covers Research Methods. Final year students are required to complete a nursing project.

Course Fees: SGD 2,700 for Singaporeans, 5,400 for PRs, 9,600 for international students annually

Prospects: Nanyang Polytechnic’s nursing graduates, according to the school, have gone on to pursue nursing at the degree level, examples being NUS and foreign universities. They also have the option of pursuing advanced diplomas with NYP in fields such as gerontology and midwifery. Apart from hospitals and other places of healing, graduates can seek careers with clinical and research organisations.

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing)

Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Nursing Diploma boasts an impressive 43 weeks of clinical attachments in different specialties right from Year 1, giving you plenty of experience and exposure even before graduation. It also exposes its students to the Life Sciences, and provides opportunities for overseas immersion trips, internships, and service learning trips. Exciting!

Programme Duration: Full-time basis, 3 years

Curriculum: Interesting modules include a module on Medical Sociology and one on Emerging Clinical Trends.

Course Fees: SGD 2,700 for Singaporeans, 5,400 for PRs, 9,600 for international students

Prospects: Like Nanyang Polytechnic, graduates can go on to pursue nursing at an advanced level and become Nurse Researchers or Clinicians, for example. Alternatively, they can start out as Staff Nurses at the various health institutions.

Degrees

  • National University of Singapore (NUS) – Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

Did you know that NUS started out as a medical school? The Nursing degree was first pushed out in 2006 and has experienced a burst of popularity in recent years.NUS promises an inter-professional education, where you’ll get to learn and study alongside healthcare undergraduates in different fields (medicine, dentistry, etc.), which helps foster teamwork skills and prepare you for multidisciplinary care work in the future.

Programme Duration: Full-time basis, 3 years, with the option to take an Honours year

Curriculum: Apart from learning about how to care for a patients of different demographics and needs, you will also be exposed to Evidence-Based Health Care. Those who wish to do an Honours year must have a cGPA of 3.2.

Course Fees: SGD 8,950 for Singaporeans, 12,550 for PRs, 19,150 for international students annually

Prospects: Graduates can go on to pursue further studies (Masters, PhDs), and can await job opportunities ascare coordinators, policymakers, and so on.

  • Kaplan – Bachelor of Nursing (Top-up)

Kaplan Singapore’s Bachelor of Nursing degree is awarded by Griffith University (Australia), and is fully taught by Griffith University’s faculty staff. Griffith University, which is Australia’s ninth largest university, boasts a large health faculty with an international reputation in the teaching and research areas. It is also well-known for medical research.

Programme Duration: Part-time basis, 24 months (minimum)

Accreditation: Kaplan is EduTrust certified, and its Bachelor of Nursing has been accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB).

Curriculum: What we find interesting is a module on Contemporary Nursing, which discusses healthcare today in Singapore and the world, touching upon a range of issues that also cross the socio-economic, political, and other dimensions.

Course Fees: SGD 20,597.50, SkillsFuture credit usable

Prospects: Further studies is an option for Kaplan’s graduates, who can choose to read a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management (accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management).

  • Singapore Institute of Management (SIM GE) – Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Reg or Honours)

SIM has been around since 1964, and first began accepting students after opening SIM Global Education in 2016. A leading private institution in Singapore, the school’s sprawling campus contains many facilities, including a Performing Arts theatre and a wellness centre. SIM GE’s degree is awarded by the University of Sydney, Australia’s first university, which ranks 9th globally in University nursing education and research excellence (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).

Programme Duration: Part-time basis, 1-2 years for post-registration degree, and 2 years for Honours degree

Accreditation: The degrees are accredited by SNB. SIM GE is also EduTrust certified.

Curriculum: The courses are fully taught by academics from Sydney’s Nursing School, delivered through blended learning in the form of activities, lectures, and online learning, for example.Do note that the Honours degree will require the writing of an honours thesis.

Course Fees: SGD 24,824.00 (23,540 for honours)

Prospects: SIM’s nursing graduates have said that the course has helped them broaden their knowledge and better assist patients. Graduates can go on to pursue further studies (Masters, PhDs), and can advance in any of the four nursing career tracks.

  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) – Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing (Top-up)

Singapore’s 5th university, the Singapore Institute of Technology is offering its Bachelor of Science in Nursing jointly with the University of Glasgow – one of Scotland’s 4 oldest universities, and part of the illustrious Russell Group. The programme was co-created with the Ministry of Health and practice partners.

Programme Duration: Full-time basis, 2 years (with Honours)

Accreditation: The degree is accredited by SNB.

Curriculum: The degree, aside from modules such as Healthcare Ethics and Law, includes a mandatory 4 weeks of overseas immersion in the University of Glasgow.

Course Fees: SGD 20,520 for Singaporeans, 40,400 for PRs, 54,570 for international students

Prospects: Students can advance to become Senior Staff Nurses, Educators, Managers, and Clinicians. Should you choose to further your studies, you can expect chances to assume more senior positions such as Director of Nursing.

  • Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) – Bachelor of Science Nursing (Post-reg)

Established in 1956, MDIS is Singapore’s oldest not-for profit learning institution. It has been ranked as the 2nd top Private Education Institution in Singapore by the Cybermetrics Lab in Jan 2017. Its nursing bachelor is awarded by Edinburgh Napier University, one of Scotland’s largest nursing and midwifery education providers, and ranked amongst the top 5% of the world’s universities by Times Higher Education. Come 2018, MDIS will have a dedicated nursing school, the first for a PEI.

Programme Duration: Part-time basis, 24 months

Accreditation: The degree has been accredited by SNB. MDIS is also EduTrust certified.

Curriculum: Some things that students will learn are the Management of Chronic Disease and how to promote Excellence in Older People’s Care.

Course Fees: SGD 19,260.00

Prospects: According to MDIS’s graduate surveys, 75-80% of their graduates find jobs within 6 months of graduation.  After taking this course, you can expect more senior positions such as Clinical Nurse Consultant to be open to you.

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Nursing is a tough but rewarding profession, and we laud those who choose to become “angels in white” for their care and perseverance. Support for those who choose this path has increased: scholarships have been setup for those looking to take nursing degrees and diplomas, and recent years have seen increased career advancement opportunities. So, if you can see yourself embarking on a nursing career, go forth boldly, and we wish you the best in your pursuits!