Specialist Diploma in Community Gerontology Nursing

Offered by School of Health Sciences

Post-Diploma / 1 Year / TGS-2020501301

Note: Jointly offered and conducted by School of Health Sciences, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Tsao Foundation.
Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Learn all about care and nursing management of older persons with multiple co-morbidities and healthcare needs.

Learning Outcomes

You will acquire the knowledge and skills in health assessment and clinical decision, applied pathophysiology and pharmacology, principles and concepts of community gerontology nursing, primary home healthcare and palliative care nursing.

The course is suitable for in-service registered nurses with valid practicing certificate from the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB), and preferably with practice in the care of older adults in the intermediate and long term care settings, primary healthcare settings and community-based hospitals.


Course Start Date: TBC
Course End Date: TBC
Application Period: TBC
Application Outcome: TBC
Duration: 1 year
Delivery Mode: Face-to-face lessons and HBL and clinical placements

Course structure schedule and information: TBC

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 Community Gerontology Nursing 1 (TGS-2020501301)
Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making
Provides foundation and principles of health assessment, comprehensive skills necessary to obtain data through complete health history taking and physical examination.
Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
Introduces knowledge and understanding of pathophysiologic and pharmacologic considerations in gerontology.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Community Gerontology Nursing 2 (TGS-2020501300)
Principles and Concepts of Community Gerontology Nursing
Provides the essential knowledge focus, framework, tools and skills the nurse needs to know when caring for the older adults.
Primary, Home Healthcare and Palliative Care Nursing
Addresses the major primary health care conditions commonly seen by the community gerontology nurse in the primary health care clinic.
Clinical Practicum in Community Gerontology Nursing
Enables consolidation of clinical care and skills from discharge planning at acute or community hospitals to supporting service organizations. Evaluates community based services and gain experience in social assessment, care planning of the community dwelling elders and the step down community services.
On-the-Job Training (OJT)
This OJT-based module allows students to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired from the course according to the OJT blueprint checklist designed by the workplace in accordance to the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn framework. A workplace mentor will be assigned to facilitate the learning. A pass/fail grade will accorded for its assessment conducted by the workplace mentors in consultation with NP.


1 Specialist Diploma
2 Post-Diploma Certificates
6 modules


You are required to complete 2 post-diploma certificates within 2-year validity period to be awarded the Specialist Diploma qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:
  • Registered nurses with valid practising certificate from Singapore Nursing Board (SNB)
  • A local Polytechnic Diploma / Degree in Health Sciences (Nursing) or equivalent

Preference will be given to those who have worked with elderly patients.

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

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 13 Oct 2017 to 30 Sep 2024.


  • The fees below are per semester. For full course fees throughout the semesters, refer here.
  • 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 here.

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.

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$299.02
Singapore Citizens (SC) aged 40 and above$199.34
Singapore Permanent Residents (PR)$797.36
Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme (for SC & SPR)$205.86
Others (and Repeat Students)$1993.42