About the Course
The Diploma in Nursing is designed to provide academic and clinical preparation in nursing. In addition to a comprehensive nursing theory and practice content, it utilizes a strong foundation in biological and behavioural sciences, research and management of a wide variety of illnesses, to prepare nurses to make significant contributions to the health of individual and family, and professional nursing practice.
Established in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic is the first polytechnic in Singapore to offer nursing courses at tertiary level. Today, more than 20,000 students have graduated from the course, which has been recognized by both local and foreign universities and industries.
The prospects for nursing graduates are very promising. They will be eligible for registration with the Singapore Nursing Board which gives them the licence to practise as professional nurses. Attractive career opportunities await graduates in hospitals, polyclinics, specialist clinics, and organizations involved in clinical trials and research.
The development and career path of a nurse is diverse and dynamic. Nursing graduates could choose from four careers tracks, namely, Clinical, Research, Education and Management.
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There is a wide range of specialities and many different career tracks nursing graduates can pursue. The Diploma in Nursing provides graduates with the basis for further studies and specialisation at NYP School of Health Sciences and universities abroad. The School offers post registration programmes at an advanced diploma level in the disciplines of critical care, community health, emergency, gerontology, management, medical-surgical nursing, mental health, midwifery, nephro-urology, neuroscience, ophthalmic, oncology, perioperative, perianaesthesia, orthopaedic and paediatric nursing.
Graduates can undertake a two-year Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing offered by the Singapore Institute of Technology in partnership with the University of Glasgow. NYP Nursing graduates have been admitted to the Nursing degree course at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and enjoyed credit exemptions. Alternatively, many graduates have also pursued Nursing degree conversion programmes offered by foreign universities either locally or overseas. Our graduates may also apply to pursue degrees in other fields such as medicine, dentistry, psychology, arts, social sciences and more at local universities such as NUS, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.
Charmaine Maurice Fallaria Ng, Diploma in Nursing, Year 2 student
I decided to pursue nursing as I was inspired by my mum’s passion for her profession. Studying to be a nurse has been exciting with the opportunity to host nursing students from the International University of Health and Wellness (IUHW), Japan, during their exchange to Singapore and the chance to participate in Worldskills Singapore.
Pema Lim, NYP Alumni, Class of 2015, recently graduated from Bachelor of Science (with honours in Nursing Practice), University of Manchester, SIT
I’ve been fascinated with Nursing ever since I was studying in Loyang Secondary School. My mom is a cardiac technician, and she would tell us stories about her experiences in the clinic, and I’ve always been interested in, and impressed with, what the nurses did. I began to find out more about the course and learnt about the NYP School of Health Sciences. I was drawn to the NYP brand as I knew I could get plenty of practical hands-on experience.
Every day seems to be very interesting as the content of lessons is new to me, especially the Nursing skills I’m acquiring. Attachment for nursing students starts in Year One, and we are placed in hospital wards with various disciplines. Being in different disciplines has exposed me to the diverse skills needed to provide care for patients with distinct conditions. I am able to put into practice the skills I have learned, in the actual clinical setting. During the attachment, I also overcame some obstacles such as communication skills where I had to learn to be more tactful with my words. I’ve also learned how to show empathy towards patients and to imagine myself in their shoes, and the care I would want.
In the classroom, I’ve developed better teamwork and communication skills, which are much needed in our group work and presentations. I’ve also grown to be more resourceful as the majority of our assignments are research-based which requires us to gather information from articles, journals and e-resources.
Being a member of the School of Health Sciences (SHS) club and Student Union (SU) has created numerous opportunities for me to widen my social network. I am also involved in voluntary activities and NYP events such as the Open House. It’s a wonderful time to bond with the other members!
Darren Goh Zhongwei, Advance Practicing Nurse, National University Hospital, NYP Alumni, Class of 2002
I fell in love with Nursing from my first attachment days and have never looked back since.
Being able to help my patients physically and/or psychologically have been most fulfilling!”
Sheena Ramazanu, Staff Nurse, Yishun Community Hospital, NYP Alumni, Class of 2010, Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Awardee
Sheena Ramazan was inspired by her father, a former NYP nursing lecturer to be a nurse. In 2010, she graduated as a top student from NYP’s nursing course.
“I love nursing as it greatly emphasised for its hands-on experience strongly shaped by the clinical sciences. It’s not just about carrying out the treatments. I was impressed by the evidence-based nursing education offered by NYP.
Apart from the state-of-art simulation labs, comprehensive nursing curriculum and strong industry-based clinical education, the lecturers - who are experienced specialist nurses - are caring and nurturing. I have enjoyed my NYP journey!”
Now, Sheena is heading to Hong Kong Polytechnic University on a scholarship to pursue a PhD in Family and Community Nursing.
Clarissa Sng, Senior Staff Nurse at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, NYP Alumni
Watch how nursing has nurtured Clarissa Sng, Senior Staff Nurse at KK Women's and Children's Hospital and NYP Alumni, into someone special.