Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)(Honours)

Frequently Asked Questions
+ How long is the Nursing Degree programme?
The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) is a 3 year programme. Students who have performed well throughout the programme would be offered the opportunity to proceed to the Honours year leading to Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Honours).

+ Can nursing diploma graduates apply to the NUS Nursing degree programme?
   Will I get exemptions for my subjects taken in the polytechnics?
Yes. There will be exemptions for the subjects taken in the polytechnics. The extent of advanced standing for diploma holders from a local polytechnic will be reviewed and granted in accordance with NUS rules and regulations.

+ What are the admission requirements for entry into the Nursing Degree programme?
   Are there any pre-requisites for entry into the Nursing Degree programme?
Admission of candidates into the programme is based on the academic merit of and in open competition with all eligible applicants who have indicated Nursing as one of their choices and who must fulfil the minimum university requirements for admission to full-time undergraduate studies. Applicants must present one of the following:
  • The Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level certificate: applicants should satisfy the subject pre-requisites which require a pass in any two of the following at H2 Level: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing and Mathematics.
  • A diploma from a polytechnic in Singapore; candidates who are holders of some specified diplomas may be granted advanced placement
  • Equivalent international qualifications: A HL pass in an International Baccalaureate, in any two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing and Mathematics are required.
  • NUS High School qualifications: Major CAP of at least 2.0 in any two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Interview: Short-listed candidates will have to attend an admission interview in April. Performance at the interview will contribute to the selection process.

Health Status: In accordance with Ministry of Health requirements, candidates who test positive for Hepatitis B surface antigen are not eligible for the Nursing Programme in Singapore, regardless of their Hepatitis B e-antigen status. Candidates must also furnish documentary evidence of immunity to, or immunisation for, Chickenpox within 2 weeks after admission to the programme.

+ Does this programme accept mature students?
Yes. Anyone who has met the admission requirements can apply.

+ If I have a degree from other disciplines, can I get exemptions or advance standing as well?
Yes, this is possible on a case-by-case basis.

+ What is the expected student intake for this programme?
The student intake for Academic Year 2013 is 110.

+ Is there any sponsorship available for this programme?
Students may apply for sponsorships offered by the Public health care clusters (SingHealth and National Healthcare Group), Ministry of Health, National University of Singapore and the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies. Please refer to the section on Scholarships, Bursaries & Financial Aid at

+ What do I learn in the Nursing programme?
The Curriculum
The BSc (Nursing) curriculum offered by NUS reflects current health care trends and the diverse roles of Registered Nurses. Students will learn and practice basic skills in a simulated clinical laboratory on campus and then be exposed to practice in a range of clinical settings. The 3-year NUS programme leading to registration with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) is modular and integrated with other NUS departments. The degree includes the following subjects:
  • Contemporary Nursing
  • Sociology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Healthcare Ethics and Law
  • Pathophysiology
  • Healthcare Management and Education
  • Pharmacology
  • Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • Immunology
  • Clinical Skills
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical attachments in local hospitals and institutions
  • Psychology
    Fourth year Honours students will be expected to complete a research project and modules such as Evidence-based Nursing, Applied Research Methods and Integrated Clinical Practice.

    Clinical Practicum
    Students will be required to complete a variety of clinical experiences/attachments during the 3 years of their undergraduate programme where they will be posted to different hospitals, polyclinics, hospices and other community health agencies. Students are required to achieve a Pass grade for all clinical practicum experiences/attachments in order to successfully complete the BSc (Nursing) programme. The majority of clinical attachments occurs during the normal university vacation time.

    Nursing Skills Lab
    The Nursing Skills Lab is available for clinical skills teaching conducted by faculty members as well as independent student practice. The lab is designed to simulate realistic hospital practice settings and provide nursing students the opportunity to learn and enhance their clinical skills in a safe and non-threatening environment. The lab offers a variety of devices and equipment, such as electronic beds, vital sign monitors, suction equipment, emergency trolleys, manikins and diagnostic instruments for students to practice their clinical skills. In addition to the standard equipment, the lab is equipped with state-of-the-art high fidelity interactive human patient simulators with bedside computers. This advanced technology assists to develop competent psychomotor skills, critical thinking and decision-making in students through the use of simulated clinical case scenarios and role play under faculty guidance.

    + How is NUS' BSc (Nursing) programme different from the programmes (other BSc, BA and BBA programmes) currently available in Singapore?
    The programme has an academic as well as a clinical component. It leads to professional qualification. Graduates can apply for registration with the Singapore Nursing Board.

    + How different is the BSc (Nursing) programme different from the diploma programme?
    Our programme plans to develop nursing leader for the future.
    It has a strong emphasis on critical thinking, health and physical assessment, pharmacology, psychology and sociology. Students can take elective modules outside of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The honours year gives students the opportunity to conduct research.

    + Does the programme provide internship opportunities?
       If yes, can students choose which hospital they want to do their internship with?
    There are requirements for students to undergo clinical postings in the various healthcare institutions in Singapore. The student's choice of hospital postings will be taken into consideration.

    + Where will the classes be conducted?
    Classes on academic modules will be conducted in NUS campus and the clinical modules will be conducted in the various healthcare institutions in Singapore or NUS Nursing Laboratory.

    + Is the BSc (Nursing) recognised by universities in other countries?
       If I do the BSc (Nursing) at NUS, can I do my masters and PhD studies overseas?
    The NUS BSc (Nursing) degree is a programme that meets international standards. Graduates who want to do their Master's and PhD studies overseas will need to fulfil the admission requirements of the respective universities.

    + How does nursing students 'interact' with students from other disciplines?
       Do they take common classes as for instance students in the medical school or science?
    There would be great benefit and synergy for our nursing students to interact freely with other healthcare professionals at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The nursing undergraduates will share common facilities with other NUS undergraduates - for instance lecture theatres, classrooms, computer laboratories and libraries. They will also be sharing the skills laboratory with the medical students in simulation training. Nursing undergraduates will also take some modules with undergraduates from other disciplines - e.g. pharmacy (Faculty of Science), psychology (Faculty of Arts and Social Science)

    Career prospects
    + What is the starting pay for a registered nurse, i.e. fresh graduate from BSc (Nursing) graduates?
    The starting pay would be similar to other BSc graduates and include other allowances as well.

    + Will there be a difference in the starting pay for Nursing diploma graduates and the BSc (Nursing) graduates?
    Yes. The starting pay for BSc (Nursing) graduates would be similar to other BSc graduates and include other allowances as well.

    + Will BSc (Nursing) graduates start at a higher position compared to diploma graduates? Why?
    Yes. Nurses with a degree generally have a faster career progression. Because career progression is based on performance and potential. Since BSc graduates may be higher educated and more matured in age, they have an edge over other nurses.

    + Are BSc (Nursing) graduates bonded to work in government hospitals or health care industry?
    They will be bonded if they receive a bursary or scholarship offered by a healthcare institution.

    + Is the BSc (Nursing) recognised by hospitals in other countries?
       With the BSc (Nursing) degree, can I practise as a nurse in other countries e.g. US?
    The NUS BSc (Nursing) degree is a programme that meets international standards. For graduates who would like to practise in other countries, they will need to fulfil the respective registration requirements e.g. passing the national licensure examination in USA or completing an adaptation programme in Australia or the UK.

    + What is the difference in career prospects for an honours graduate and non-honours graduate?
    Honours graduates will have completed an additional year in research, management and clinical subjects which will facilitate their career development. In addition, there will be exemptions for selected subjects in the Master of Nursing Programme offered by NUS.

    Many of these graduates will go on to complete doctoral degrees where they will conduct research and develop new nursing knowledge and evidence-based nursing practice.

    + What are the career tracks available for me to pursue in the Nursing career?
    The NUS Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree provides the first major step toward a career in professional nursing. The undergraduate degree is a first for Singapore and aims to prepare nurses for a broad role in the delivery of a vast array of health care services locally and internationally. Graduates can apply for registration as Registered Nurses with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB). Once registered with the SNB, graduates can specialise in any number of clinical areas, including paediatrics, aged care, critical care, accident and emergency, mental health, gerontology and oncology nursing.

  • Career Tracks in Public Healthcare Institutions in Management, Clinical and Education

  • Clinical Track
    Bachelor of Science (Nursing) graduates who wish to pursue further studies in the clinical track can enrol in the Master of Nursing (MN) programme offered by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS. This is an 18-month full-time programme leading to three specialisations - Adult Health Care, Mental Health Care and Critical Care.

    This programme prepares Registered Nurses to assume a clinical role and use research to improve patient outcomes. Students will undergo a rigorous programme that aims to provide an academic and clinical foundation for Advanced Practice Nurses. Details are available on:

    Hospitals/Healthcare institutions

    The management track helps develop nurse managers who are responsible for managing a ward or department in an institution. They are responsible for creating a conducive working environment and managing the professional and personal development of their staff. Interested BSc (Nursing) graduates can pursue a Master of Business Administration with Specialisation in Health Care Management, jointly offered by the NUS Business School and the Division of Graduate Medical Studies at NUS. Students can choose to pursue part-time or full-time studies, completed over a period of 2 to 3 years. The curriculum draws from existing modules of both graduate programmes.

    Details are available at:

    Academic institutions
    If you are interested to be a Nurse Educator, you can pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education at NIE, NTU. This programme is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and pedagogical skills to be an effective educator. You can also pursue a Master and PhD in Education following completion of this programme.

    Details are available at: (Search for "PGDHE" for Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education).

  • Career Tracks in Teaching & Research in Universities

  • Graduates of the BSc (Nursing) who are interested in research can pursue a doctoral degree where they will be equipped to develop new innovations and conduct evidence-base research for nursing practices.

  • Other Career Options

  • Examples:
    • Case Manager
    • Clinical Trial Coordinator
    • Community Care Coordinator
    • Entrepreneur
    • Manager
    • Policymaker
    • Primary Health Care Coordinator
    • Research Fellow
    • School Nurse

    + Are there any Masters programmes available?
    Yes, you can pursue any of the following master degree programmes or postgraduate diploma based on the career track you have identified. NUS offers the Master of Nursing Programme which can be completed within 2 years.

    Scholarships are being offered by the two public health care clusters (SingHealth and National Healthcare Group) for the above health care-related Masters Programmes, and other overseas Masters Programmes in U.S., Australia and U.K.