Advanced Diploma in Perioperative Nursing

Post-Diploma / 8 months

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Certification
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Perioperative nursing is one of the most rewarding careers you can have as you strive to prolong and improve the quality of a patient’s life, pre- and post-operation. It offers unending challenges and areas of professional and personal growth, demanding emotional stamina, attention to detail, flexibility, technical skills and an ability to communicate effectively.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide all you need to know about patients’ surgical experiences and how to care for them. You will learn essential skills and knowledge in patient counselling, evidence-based practice, and identifying laboratory data for health assessment.

You will gain an understanding of the Singapore health system, the pathophysiology of the diseased state, the legal and medical issues in nursing practice, the various sub-disciplines of surgical procedures, and patient counselling. You will also gain experience in applying what you have learnt through 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 Perioperative Nursing
Module
Fundamentals in Perioperative Nursing I
This module will provide the student with an overview of the nursing practice in the operating theatre and its environment. It explores scientific concepts underpinning the practice and allows the student to have an overall analysis of knowledge and skills required by the operating theatre clinical specialist. It includes the theory and techniques for the preparation of sterile supplies as well as planning for the surgical procedure. The student will also have an understanding of ethical and legal issues pertaining to perioperative practice and understand the role of a perioperative nurse as a patient advocate to provide safe and competent care for the surgical patient.
Module
Fundamentals in Perioperative Nursing II
This module will provide the student with an understanding of the nursing implications and skills required for a patient undergoing anaesthesia in the perioperative setting. Students will be able recognize complications and manage emergency situations for the surgical patient. The module will also equip students with understanding of the therapeutic needs of patients experiencing surgical intervention. It includes basic theory and skills for counselling to prepare the student to manage challenging situations in the perioperative setting.
Module
Advanced Perioperative Nursing Science I
This module provides students with an overview of the perioperative nursing consideration in various surgical procedures. Perioperative nursing is a team concept and includes receiving the surgical patient to the operating room, planning for the position for surgery, skin preparation, choice of instrumentation and anticipating the sequence and needs of surgery.
Module
Advanced Perioperative Nursing Science II
This module provides students with an overview of the perioperative nursing consideration in specialised surgical procedures. Perioperative nursing is a team concept and includes receiving the surgical patient to the operating room, planning for the position for surgery, skin preparation, choice of instrumentation and anticipating the sequence and needs of surgery.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practicum in Perioperative Nursing
Module
Advanced Clinical Practicum in Perioperative Nursing
The module provides the student opportunities to synthesize the knowledge learned from the other eight modules and gain clinical experience in perioperative settings. The clinical practice provides an overall analysis of the practice of perioperative nursing.

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 perioperative nursing

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.

Refer here for full table of course fees throughout the semesters.

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