Fundamentals of Chronic Disease Management for Nurse Counsellors

Short Course / 3 Days

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Learn how to provide chronic disease-specific health education and counselling effectively in the primary healthcare settings

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will able to:
1. Discuss with the clients and caregivers on the following chronic disease process, complications and self-care management;
• Diabetes mellitus
• Hypertension
• Hyperlipidemia
• Asthma / COPD
• Chronic kidney disease
2. Perform effective counseling on behavioural health change to the clients and caregivers using motivational interviewing skills; and
3. Teach self-management skills specific to diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, COPD and chronic kidney disease to promote and maintain optimal health, and prevent complications and disability.


Course Date: Sept/Oct 2021

Application Dates: Opening in July 2021

Please register your interest to be notified when the course is open for registration.

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

Lesson Plan

This course consists of 15 modules:

Welcome and Introduction / Course Overview and Objectives
Teaching Methodology
  • Role and Responsibilities of Nurse Counsellor
  • Effective counselling strategies
Diabetic Mellitus
  • Overview of DM
  • Pathophysiology
  • Management of DM
  • Complications
Self-Management Skills
  • Administration of insulin for self and caregiver
  • Home Blood Sugar Monitoring
  • Diabetic Foot Screening (DFS) and Foot Care
  • Diabetic Retinaphotograhy (DRP)
  • Sick Days and Special day management
  • Exercise
Visit to Optometry Centre
  • Hypertension
  • Pathophysiology
  • Management of Hypertension
  • Complications
Hypertension: Self-Management Skills
  • Home Blood Pressure Monitoring and Action Plan
  • Pathophysiology
  • Management of Lipid Disorders
  • Complications
Asthma / COPD
  • Pathophysiology
  • Management of Asthma / COPD
  • Complication
Asthma / COPD: Self-Management skills
  • Asthma / COPD: Self-Management skills
  • Techniques in the administration of
    medications using:
     Metered Dose Inhaler(MDI)
     Dry powder inhaler
     Easihaler
     Use and Care of Spacer (Volumetric spacer
    & Aerochamber)
     Use of Asthma Action Plan
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Pathophysiology
  • Management of CKD
  • Complications
Diet Management for CKD Patient
Basic Motivational Interview (MI)
  • Introduction
  • Use of MI tools for behavioural change
Introduction  Use of MI tools for Behavioural Change
  • Application of MI: Practice


In addition to the face-to-face contact hours, the participant will be given access to the
following three (3) micro-learning courses (MLCs) for self-paced learning to enhance
1. Counselling skills for nurses
2. Drugs used for diabetics
3. Polypharmacy for the elderly

Trainer's Profile

Lynda Koh

Lynda Koh has a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and Advanced Diploma in Community Health Nursing. She also holds the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE), WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), Master in Education from University of Adelaide and Master of Science (Applied Gerontology) from Nanyang Technological University. Lynda Koh has been trained in community health nursing, taking care of patients at different ages of their lifespan. She has the opportunities to provide care to the patients at the in-patient, primary care and community health settings. Her experience in health education includes teaching patients with chronic conditions on self-management skills. Currently a senior lecturer and program lead in the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Health Sciences, she oversees the Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Chronic Disease Management) course. She also teaches both diploma and advanced diploma courses.


A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass all required assessment(s).

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who meet the 75% attendance requirement but did not pass all required assessment(s).

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

Applicants should be a Registered Nurse with the Singapore Nursing Board

Course Fees

Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 7% GST and subject to review.
The course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit. For more information on the SkillsFuture Credit click here.
For enhanced training support, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

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.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens (SC) & Permanent Residents (PR)$224.70
Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme (for SC & SPR) $84.70
SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy For Singaporeans$84.70
Full Course Fee$749.00