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Return-to-Nursing Course

Nurses who have not practised nursing for a continuous period of 5 years are required to attend a Return-to-Nursing programme before they can practise nursing again. Please refer to Guidelines: Determining When Return-To-Nursing Programme is Mandatory [PDF, 476KB].

Locally educated nurses (applicable to Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident only) who are no longer current in their practice (i.e. have not practised for a continuous period of 5 years and up to 10 years) are required to attend a Return-to-Nursing Course.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, the Back to Nursing Practice (BNP) will be conducted instead.

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Back to Nursing Practice (BNP) Course 

The BNP Course is a one-off emergency response course accredited by SNB to provide nurses who are out of practice (more than 5 years but less than 15 years) with updated knowledge and skills so that they can return to clinical nursing practice to support nursing manpower needs during the pandemic. Please refer to BNP FAQs [PDF, 90KB] for more information.

This course is only applicable for Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses who are already registered/enrolled as a nurse with SNB. Nurses can make enquiries with the respective institutions listed below:

Register Name of Institution Contact Information
Registered Nurse
Nanyang Polytechnic 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Singapore 569830

Email address:
Enrolled Nurse (EN) ITE College East 10 Simei Avenue
Singapore 486047

Email address:
Upon completion of the Back to Nursing Practice Course, BNP graduates must undergo 6 months of competency assessment (CA) with their employer.

Return to Nursing Program

Nurses who need to attend RTN programme and are eligible can make enquiries with the institutions providing accredited RTN programme listed below:

Name of Institution Contact Information
SingHealth Alice Lee Institute of Advanced Nursing
(Singapore General Hospital)

168, Jalan Bukit Merah, #18-01
Connection One, Tower 1
Singapore 150168

Email address:

National University Hospital
(Nursing Administration Dept)

1E Kent Ridge Road
NUHS Tower Block Level 13
Singapore 119228

Email address:

Please refer to Agency for Integrated Care for enquiries on Return-to-Nursing programme. 

Upon completion of a Return-to-Nursing programme, the nurse may apply for the Renewal of Practising Certificate.