The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) course is the longest running degree conversion programme in Singapore. Started by SNA with La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in October 1997, the programme has graduated more than 1,000 registered nurses.This Bachelor of Nursing is designed to enable Registered Nurses (RNs) with a hospital or diploma qualification in nursing to expand their professional education to a bachelor’s degree.  The course consists of core studies and subjects relevant to the context of nursing practice in Singapore.

Students are assisted to expand their knowledge base in the discipline of nursing and apply this knowledge to nursing practice.  They are also provided with the opportunity to develop academic and practical skills, and the attitudes needed to comprehend and evaluate new nursing knowledge in the discipline of nursing.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) course will have a strong discipline base and will be eligible to apply for entry into postgraduate studies


The aims of the course are to :

  • Prepare graduates who accept accountability for their health practice as nurses in relation to societal needs;
  • Prepare graduates to expand their practice across the wide spectrum of health care contexts and cultural groups in which nursing is practised;
  • Prepare graduates who are reflective and practice within acknowledged legal, ethical and organisational frameworks;
  • Foster a commitment to life-long learning, critical thinking and continuing professional and personal development;
  • Cultivate a commitment to research and evidence based practice.


The course is equivalent to the post-registration Bachelor of Nursing Degree course conducted by La Trobe University in Melbourne and students who successfully complete the course will receive the same award.


20 months (Part-Time)


This programme is equivalent to one year full time study and is designed to be completed in approximately 20 months over four semesters.

  • Transition to Bachelor of Nursing
  • Nursing and Midwifery Research
  • Nursing: Consolidation Reflective Clinical Practice (Part 1)
  • Nursing: Consolidation Reflective Clinical Practice (Part 2)
  • Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness
  • Engagement in Professional Nursing
  • Education in Health Professional Practice
  • Healthcare Ethics and Law
  • Academic Integrity Module (offered to enrolled students at no additional cost)


The program is conducted in block mode with face-to-face sessions for both lectures and tutorials, and is fully taught by academics from the La Trobe University. Students receive 164 hours of face-to-face teaching and is further supported by distance learning with study guides, required readings and activities, and assessment briefings for each subject.

Study guides and required readings will be provided.  Students will also receive on-going support from NLH and La Trobe University staff via the on-line Learning Management System (LMS) throughout the course.

The average teacher to student ratio for lecture is 1:60.


**For Registered Nurses (RNs) Only**

  • Applicants must hold a nursing certificate or diploma from a recognised nursing school
  • Current nursing registration with the Singapore Nursing Board
  • Provide evidence of post-registration experience


Please bring the ORIGINAL document and 1 photo copy of the following documents:

  1. GCE ‘O’ Level Certificate (for Singaporeans)
  2. Higher School Certificate/equivalent
  3. Nursing Certificate or Diploma in Nursing certificate from a recognised nursing school
  4. Singapore Nursing Board Registration Certificate and Practising Certificate
  5. 1 passport size photograph
  6. Required registration fee (payment via cash, cheque or money order only)

English Proficiency requirements

  • Pre-registration nursing education in English; OR
  • IELTS Band of 6.0 with individual bands of at least 6.0; OR
  • 213 with a score of 5 in Essay Writing (computer-based); OR
  • 80 with no individual score less than 20 (internet-based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


The programme uses both formative and summative methods.  Subjects are assessed by either assignment online or sit-in examination.

Assignment must be submitted to the University via Learning Management System (LMS) online access.  Students will be informed of their results in writing.


Students who successfully complete the post-registration Bachelor of Nursing course will be eligible to apply for entry into postgraduate studies.


The total fee payable is $16,500 (excluding 7% GST) and paid over 4 semesters.  Fee payable per semester is $4,125.  Payment is due 7 working days before the commencement of each semester.  The fee covers course notes, readings, hand outs, assessment briefings and assessment fees.

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS):  NLH has in place a Fee Protection Scheme as stipulated by the Council for Private Education (CPE) by way of an insurance facility. The appointed FPS provider is LONPAC INSURANCE BHD.

Note: In the event of the minimum number of students not met after the close of registration, the class will not commence.

The Course is accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board (until 27 March 2021).