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(From left) Tan Tock Seng Hospital nurse manager Lim Han Kee, NUS nursing student Ong Teng Teng, NUS Nursing Assistant Professor Shefaly Shorey, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor, and Changi General Hospital staff nurse Neo Yi Ling at a career preview event which took place on 3 Feb 2018 at MD11 building.

To enable more mid-career professionals to join the healthcare sector as nurses, the NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing), part of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, is starting a two-year nursing degree programme this July.

The two-year Bachelor of Science (Nursing) programme is offered under the Ministry of Health and Workforce Singapore’s degree level Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses. Under the Programme, course fees of S$74,500 will be fully sponsored and trainees will receive training allowances of $2,170 to $2,520 per month throughout the two years of study. Upon graduation, they will also be given a one-time Career Transition Bonus of $2,000. Employers will receive an on-the-job training incentive of $18,000 per mid-career degree trained Registered Nurse.

The two-year full-time programme is designed to meet accreditation standards of the Singapore Nursing Board. The rigorous and intense programme has 22 modules to equip students with nursing theory and concepts, as well as 1,320 hours of clinical experience in community and hospital / healthcare settings to translate nursing knowledge into practice.

Said Prof Emily Ang, Head of NUS Nursing: "While the course runs for just two years, it is an intensive and thoroughly absorbing one. We have taken care to ensure students receive the same thorough grounding in the key nursing disciplines as the regular BSc (Nursing) programme, and are equipped to work competently in the wards and clinics alongside nursing and medical colleagues.

“This two-year course also offers an alternative pathway of learning to build a stronger local core in nursing and nurture greater expertise in nursing practice, and will help to increase the number of graduate nurses.

See Press Release and NUS Highlights.

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