Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Chronic Disease Management)

Post-Diploma / 8 months

Note: Course renewal pending SSG and MOH approval
Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Certification
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

With the prevalence of chronic illnesses on the increase, the role of nurses in caring for and educating patients with chronic diseases is becoming crucial. As a nurse trained in the area of Chronic Disease Management, your ability to effectively communicate and advise your patients will make a profound difference in how the patient manages and lives with their condition.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide all you need to know about pathophysiology and pharmacology management of patients with chronic conditions, and how to perform health assessments during clinical examination with guidance from our experienced lecturers.

You will learn how to use evidence-based practice in a clinical setting and gain advanced clinical training in the management and care of these patients. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience to update your clinical training.

Course 
Schedule

Monday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Course Start Date: 12 Apr 2021
Course End Date: 26 Nov 2021
Application Period: 15 Dec 2020 to 30 Jan 2021
Application Outcome Date: 1 Mar 2021

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Post-Diploma Certificate in Applied Sciences in Advanced Nursing
Module
Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making
This module aims to provide the students with comprehensive foundation and principles of health assessment in clinical nursing practice. It will also provide comprehensive skills necessary to obtain data through complete health history taking and physical examination. Emphasis will be placed on the holistic and comprehensive approach of assessment. Variations of normality in the older persons will be taken into considerations in the assessment findings. Together with the relevant laboratory data, this module also equips the students with necessary knowledge underpinning the skills to make informed clinical decisions.
Module
Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of pathophysiologic and pharmacologic considerations. This module will enable the students to gain a better understanding of underlying disease processes and relate the basic principles of pharmacology and the nursing process to selected drugs and their therapeutic use.
Module
Evidence-Based Practice
This module aims to provide the students with the knowledge and application underpinnings the evidence-based practice. Based on the 5 steps of evidence-based practice, the students will learn to convert information into an answerable clinical question (ask), track down best evidence for answering the question (acquire), critically appraise evidence (appraise), integrate evidence into clinical decision making (application), and evaluate and seek ways to improve the next time (audit).
Module
Care Management Across Life Span
This module focuses on the current trends that affect the healthcare and financial systems in Singapore. Emphasis will be placed on integrated care, collaboration and coordination to provide continuity of care of patients with special needs in a variety of healthcare settings. The principles and concepts of palliative care, case management, disease management, medical-surgical nursing and transitional care will be discussed.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Clinical Practicum in Advanced Nursing
Module
Clinical Practicum in Advanced Nursing
The module provides the student opportunities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practical skills learned in Post-Diploma Certificate 1 (Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making, Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Evidence-Based Practice and Care Management Across Life Span) to the 2-week of broad-based Clinical Practicum in Advanced Nursing module. The students will be assigned to one of the following clinical settings that is different from their specialty attachment.
  • Acute care
  • Intermediate and long-term care
  • Primary care
  • Geriatric centres
  • Mental Health Care
Post-Diploma Certificate in Advanced Chronic Disease Nursing
Module
Fundamentals in Chronic Disease Management
This module aims to provide a comprehensive framework to develop nurses in counselling skills and implement prevention and behaviourally based instruction for the community. The focus will be on the use of person-centred therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy to change the behaviours of clients with unhealthy lifestyle practices.
Module
Advanced Chronic Disease Nursing Science I
The module aims to develop students' knowledge on the teaching-coaching function of the nurse in health promotion, screening and disease prevention activities across the life span for individuals, families and communities. Using a holistic approach which values the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of health and their inter-relationships, it will cover major aspects of health education strategy and pedagogy in teaching of chronic diseases.
Module
Advanced Chronic Disease Nursing Science II
This course aims to provide a fundamental key concepts, interventions and principles of case management and rehabilitation in the acute, community and home settings. The module also optimises the management and care of patient with complications of chronic disease in cardiovascular and respiratory system, in addition to cardiac, stroke, and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Module
Advanced Chronic Disease Nursing Science III
This course aims to provide a fundamental key concepts, interventions and principles of palliative care nursing practice across the continuum. The module optimises the management and care of patient with non-malignant diseases, in particular end-stage organ failure. The nursing management of patients with end of life care and use of common complementary therapies are also explored.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practicum in Chronic Disease Nursing
Module
Advanced Clinical Practicum in Chronic Disease Nursing
The module provides clinical training and offers students the opportunities to provide direct patient/ family care and gain clinical experience in diverse health care settings. Students will be attached to specialised areas such as case/care management in the primary health care, acute to home, community and palliative care facilities with interdisciplinary experience in caring of patients with chronic and life-limiting conditions.

Certification

1 Advanced Diploma
4 Post-Diploma Certificates
10 Modules

Certification

You are required to complete 4 post-diploma certificates within 3-year validity period to be awarded the Advanced Diploma qualification.


Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:
  • A local Polytechnic Diploma/ Degree in Health Sciences (Nursing) or equivalent
  • Be a Registered Nurse with valid practicing certificate from the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB); and
  • Have at least 2 years of clinical nursing practice; and
  • Have a minimum of 1 year practice in the nursing specialty – nursing practice related to nursing management or care of patients with chronic diseases

Successful applicants will need to undergo a compulsory medical examination and vaccinations before semester starts. Please see details and instruction in the medical examination form for submission of all the required documents.

Course Fees

Note:

  • The fees below are per semester.
  • The fees below are inclusive of GST.
  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.

SkillsFuture Credit
This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit.

All Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay f​or a wide range of courses. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding. This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants and must be applied via the SkillsFuture Portal. More details on the SkillsFuture Credit Claims will be advised upon admission into the course. Find out more about SkillsFuture Credit at www.skillsfuture.sg/credit.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

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Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMCs) are bite-sized part-time courses for individuals to acquire new skills or deepen relevant skills, without the need to pursue a full diploma. Refer here for course fees for SBMCs.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens (SC) below the age of 40 years$1637.10
Singapore Citizens (SC) aged 40 and above$1091.42
Singapore Permanent Residents (PR)$4365.58
Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme (for SC & SPR)$1127.10
Others (and Repeat Students)$10914.00