About the Course
Do you have a caring personality and desire to help the sick and injured? Our Diploma in Nursing is for you if you want to help people achieve their best possible quality of life. It prepares you for a profession that makes a meaningful contribution to healthcare and society.
As the first polytechnic in Singapore to offer the Nursing course at tertiary level, we have a very established nursing programme that will provide students with a comprehensive learning experience for a successful career in nursing. Today, more than 20,000 students have graduated from our well-reputed course.
In this course, you will study in state-of-the-art facilities and fully-equipped specialist laboratories to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to excel as a nursing professional. You will learn nursing theory and practice in various areas of nursing focusing on providing holistic care to clients across their lifespan. You will also learn about human anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, as well as the behavioural sciences of psychology and sociology to prepare you well for a career in in different sectors of healthcare practice, research and teaching.
Upon graduation from our course, you can register with the Singapore Nursing Board to be a licensed professional nurse. You can then practise in both the government and private healthcare settings such as:
- specialist clinics
- aged care
- community nursing
- palliative care
- home care nursing
- operating rooms and other surgical settings
- organisations involved in clinical research trials and other health and education-related fields
You can also choose from four different careers tracks—clinical, research, education or management—for your career development and progression.
Visit the websites below for more information on your nursing career in Singapore:
Our Diploma in Nursing gives you a strong foundation to further your studies and specialisation at local and international universities.
We offer the largest range of 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, as well as various specialist diplomas.
You 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. Our graduates have also been admitted to the nursing degree course at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and enjoyed credit exemptions. Others have pursued nursing degree conversion programmes offered by foreign universities.
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 Glasgow, 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.