MN Overview

The Master of Nursing (MN) curriculum offered by NUS reflects the current healthcare needs and the importance of advanced nursing practice. Students receive advanced clinical knowledge, skills and acquired professional attitude from a range of disciplines in advanced nursing practice, clinical medicine, social sciences and public health. Students acquire and apply learnt knowledge and skills not only on campus but also in clinical practice settings. Upon successful completion of the 18-month MN programme, graduates are eligible to apply for APN provisional license with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) to continue a 12-month supervised practice and be certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN).

Aims of the Programme

The MN programme aims to prepare experienced registered nurses:

  • to be competent and safe APNs who utilize evidence-based practice and expert nursing knowledge, to assess health and healthcare needs, to make complex clinical decision, to provide comprehensive care, and to educate clients and support individuals to manage their health holistically;
  • to function as clinical role models, clinical leaders and clinical consultants to lead clinical services and improve patients’ care quality;
  • to pursue life-long learning though professional development programme and to hold responsibility for their clinical competencies by constantly updating their clinical knowledge and skills.

Learning Outcomes

MN graduates should be able to perform the nine APN core Entrusted Professional Activities (EPAs) at the expected level of entrustment (LOE). They acquire knowledge, skills and attitude to build their capabilities in the five competencies domains determined by SNB: Patient care, Clinical knowledge, Interpersonal and communication skills, Practice-based learning and improvement, and Professionalism. The details on core competencies of Advanced Practice Nurse can be found on SNB website.

The nine APN core EPAs are as follows:

Core EPAs For MN Students
EPA1 Perform An Initial Assessment And Formulate Management Plans
EPA2 Manage Follow-Up Care For A Clinical Encounter
EPA3 Plan, Perform And Evaluate Care Procedures
EPA4 Recognise And Manage Patients Requiring Urgent Care
EPA5 Manage Care Transitions Within And Between Health Care Organisations
EPA6 Collaborate With Patients, Families And Community To Improve Health Through Disease Prevention And Health Promotion
EPA7 Prescribe Medications To Patients Within A Collaborative Agreement Framework
EPA8 Participate In Health Quality Improvement Initiatives
EPA9 Develop Self And Others In Professional Practice