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What will I learn?

Get more real-world practice with 43 weeks of clinical attachment right from your first year

Life Science modules open up more choices for careers and further studies

Apply for a hospital sponsorship that comes with a monthly allowance

Our graduates can apply for medicine, nursing and dentistry courses at the National University of Singapore

WHAT THE COURSE IS ABOUT

The Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing) (HSN) is a comprehensive course that prepares you to become a versatile and work-ready healthcare professional. In addition to core nursing modules, you will learn about life sciences. Upon graduation, you will be ready to practise as a registered nurse or tap into a wide range of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, locally and overseas.

Industry-based Learning

You will get to learn from industry practitioners and gain insights into modern healthcare with 43 weeks of clinical attachments in different specialities from your first year. You could be attached to established institutions such as the Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Changi General Hospital, National University Health System and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Hospital Sponsorships

With the nursing profession in high demand, you can land yourself a reputable job even before graduation. Nursing students can apply for a hospital sponsorship that offers a monthly allowance ranging from $850 to $950.

Live and Learn Abroad

As a nursing student, you will get to go on overseas immersions, internships and service learning trips to countries such as Australia, China, Cambodia and Thailand. These trips offer insights into regional healthcare systems and give you the chance to conduct community health checks and provide basic healthcare services.

Cutting-edge Facilities

You will get to hone your skills at industry-standard facilities such as a Patient Simulation Centre, complete with mannequins that can communicate with you just like a real patient. Other facilities include well-equipped intensive care units and operating theatres.

You will also get to use the iPod touch or iPhone to access drug databases, translation software, lecture notes and many in-house apps specially developed for our nursing students. These devices will also serve as a handy learning tool during your clinical attachments.

Life Science Modules

Our broad-based curriculum will expose you to fields beyond the scope of a basic nursing diploma. You will take on at least one Life Science module during each year of study. What is more, with your knowledge of biomedical science, clinical trials and research, drug discovery, and the behavioural sciences, you can look forward to even more opportunities upon graduation.

Careers

With an increasing demand for healthcare professionals, you will enjoy good job prospects at healthcare institutions and in other related industries. You can also pursue a career in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, biomedical and clinical research industries.

This is the career path for a typical nurse in Singapore with relevant professional experience. The starting salary of a Staff Nurse with a Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing) is around $1800 per month. The career path of a staff nurse after the diploma level depends on performance, qualifications, and the choice of the nurse as to which of the three paths (management, clinical, or education) to follow.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,11,011) per year
Start date

Expected October 2022

Venue

School of Health Sciences

Blk 81, Level 7,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-B

To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Science (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology or Food & Nutrition or Human & Social Biology or General Science: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with English as a second language (EL2) must have attained a minimum grade of 6.

Due to the special requirements of the healthcare profession, all candidates have to pass a medical examination and be free from physical handicap.

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