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Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) offshore (Singapore)

This offshore course is conducted in Singapore by the University of Sydney in conjunction with the Singapore Institute of Management Pty Ltd. Graduates of this course receive their award from the University of Sydney. The course is offered over one year part time or two years part time and is taught in the block mode with online support.

The face-to-face component each semester is delivered in a two-week teaching block at the beginning of the semester and some units have additional face-to-face hours mid-semester. There are two intakes per year commencing in January/February and June/July. Teaching is conducted by academic staff from Sydney Nursing School.

Course structure

The course structure for international offshore students studying in Singapore is outlined in the unit of study table, as per the Singapore Nursing Board Requirements.

Unit of study overview

All units are worth six credit points and students are required to submit assignments and sit examinations where applicable. There are no clinical requirements for this degree.

Units of study available in semester one of the course focus on:

  1. the discipline of nursing, nursing knowledge and professional practice in both the historical and current health policy contexts;
  2. the major concepts and principles of primary health care and community health nursing with particular attention on nurses' roles in health promotion and disease prevention;
  3. the advanced clinical abilities required for nursing assessment of patients, families and communities in the 21st century, and
  4. clinical and patient education practices in the context of the health care environment with emphasis on continuing changes in technologies, information and evidence bases for practice.

Units of study available in semester two focus on:

  1. law and ethics in nursing practice (a Singapore Nursing Board requirement)
  2. the management of nursing services and clinical governance; and
  3. inquiry and research in nursing.

In semester two, students also complete a unit of study allowing them to undertake a clinical project of their choice.


Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration)


Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) (off-shore)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course may be full time or part time and will be determined in consultation with the Director.

3 Admission to candidature

This course does not lead to registration as a nurse in Australia. Applicants who hold qualifications not recognised for registration as a nurse in Australia are permitted to enrol in this course, but will not be eligible for registration in Australia upon completion.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admission criteria.
Admission to the on-shore program requires:
English language proficiency requirements as detailed in the faculty resolutions; and
a qualification at the certificate or diploma level which leads to registration as a nurse in Australia or another country; and
employment as a registered nurse for a period of at least 6 months within the last two years at the time of enrolment.
Admission to the off-shore program in Singapore requires:
O level English or English language proficiency requirements as detailed in the faculty resolutions; and
a Diploma in Nursing from Nanyang Polytechnic or Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore; or
an approved Diploma in Nursing from an approved institution; or
a Certificate in Nursing from the Singapore School of Nursing, or its equivalent; and
current registration with the Singapore Nursing Board.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the units of study table for the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration).
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) degree candidates must complete 144 credit points, including credit granted for certificate or diploma studies at the time of admission. To qualify for the award, candidates must complete the remaining credit points as follows:
Candidates who hold an admission qualification at the diploma level must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit points as outlined in the units of study table.
Candidates who hold an admission qualification at the certificate level must successfully complete 48 credit points from the units of study available.
Off-shore candidates must successfully complete 48 credit points from the units of study available.

5 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) is awarded at the Pass level only.

6 Time limits

A candidate must complete all the requirements for the course within four years of first enrolment, including periods of suspension.

7 Credit for previous study

Credit granted for certificate level studies may not exceed 96 credit points.
Credit granted for diploma level studies may not exceed 120 credit points.

8 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2016 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2016 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2016 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2021. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.