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Return-to-Nursing Course



1. Return-to-Nursing (RTN) course

1.1. As the healthcare industry is rapidly changing, healthcare personnel who have left service may find it challenging to keep abreast with these changes.


1.2. The RTN course is specially designed to equip nurses, who have not practised nursing for five years or more, with the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practise competently and safely.


1.3. The course is designed to help participants to re-enter the workforce with competence


2. Entry Requirements

2.1. The RTN course is for nurses who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents.


2.2. Nurses who have left the healthcare industry for five years or more and / or those whose registration/enrolment with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) has lapsed for five years and more.


3. Course Duration

3.1. The RTN course is a 3-month (12 weeks) full-time course comprising 6 weeks with training provider (theory with ward attachment) and 6 weeks clinical practicum at employer setting. Clinical supervision and coaching will be provided by nurse educators, clinical instructors and / or preceptors to help achieve the course objectives successfully.


3.2. During the RTN course, you are required to attend classes and/or clinical placements from Mondays to Fridays, 8 hours per day. There may be a need to schedule you on shifts in order to experience and observe activities at different periods of the day.


4. Course Fees

Employer and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) subsidies are available for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.


Breakdown of course fees as follows:

Return-to-Nursing for Registered/Enrolled Nurses 

Full course fee

SSG grant

Nett course fee

7% GST on nett course fee

Total nett course fee payable, including GST







5. Course Application and Enquiries

Potential Candidates: You can email NUH Nursing Admin (Training) at nsg_edu_enquiries@nuhs.edu.sg for more information and/or have a discussion with the staff. You may wish to write to your prospective employers to enroll you for the RTN programme should this be appropriate.


Employers who wish to register their employees may contact the following agencies:

Intermediate -to-Long Term Care (ILTC) Centres / Community Hospitals (Community Setting) Primary /Acute Care Instituitions
Point of Contact Angela Tan (Agency of Integrated Care) Poh Kai Ling (Ministry of Health)
Contact Details angelayl.tan@aic.sg poh_kai_ling@moh.gov.sg




Sponsored Applicants

1. I left the Nursing industry for less than 5 years, am I still able to apply for RTN course?                         

As this is a requirement by the Singapore Nursing Board, it is mandatory for nurses who have left practice for more than 5 years to attend the RTN refresher course.

For participants (Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse) who left practice less than or equal to 5 years, NUH will consider such course registrations on a case by case basis.

 2. What are some of the pre-entry requirements?

i) Singaporean citizen or Singapore Permanent Residents

ii) Registered with SNB (either temporary or full registration)

3. How do I apply for the course?

Registrations are via employers to the respective point of contact.

4. Do I need to pay for the course fee?

If you meet the entry requirement and have an employer, the course is entirely funded by SSG and your prospective employer.


5. Will I be bonded? Yes, you will be required to sign a letter of undertaking to serve a bond with your prospective employer upon completion of the RTN course.
6. What will happen if I do not complete the course? Please discuss with your prospective employer on the Liquidated Damage (LD) amount.


*All information is valid as at July 2018