Diploma of Nursing (Pre-service)

This is an existing Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) course that educates Registered Nurses (RNs) for the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other Health Care providers in Solomon Islands. SINU is the main educator of nurses in this country. The aim of this diploma course is to produce a well-educated, competent graduates who:

  • Are capable of delivering safe and effective nursing care to individuals, families and communities in the Solomon Islands.
  • Have the academic ability to proceed to higher levels of education and to contribute in a meaningful manner to socio-economic and health development in Solomon Islands.

Admission Requirements


The Diploma of Nursing Programme is open to both males and females.

  1. Normal Entry:
    • Academic Requirements: Applicants must have reached Form 6 and 7 within the Solomon Islands Secondary School System, with good passes in English, Mathematics and Science.
    • Age Requirements: Applicants must have reached the age of 18 years by the time they are accepted into the programme. Candidates exceeding the age of 40 will not be admitted.
  2. Health Requirements: An acceptable level of physical and mental health is an essential pre-requisite for entry to the program. All accepted students will be required to undergo thorough medical examination at the commencement of their programme.
  3. Personal Requirements: Applicants applying to the nursing programme must have excellent attitude and behavior report from their respective career’s master. Honesty, integrity and reliability are essential attributes for a successfully career in nursing.
  4. Successful interview

Course Structure


Course Code: HDN
Course Name: Diploma of Nursing (Pre-service)
Duration: 3 years
Core Units:  30Units
Total Credit Points: 360
Campus: Kukum

Unit CodeUnit TitleSemester OfferedPrerequisiteCredit Point
NU611Human Biology 1112
This unit introduces the study of anatomy and physiology with an examination of the organization, structure and tissues of the human body. Body systems are studied beginning with the: skin, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and nervous systems. Fluid balance and body temperature will also be examined.
NU631Fundamentals of Health112
In this unit the concept of health is explored as it applies to individuals, families and communities. Structures and processes that relate to the maintenance of health in Solomon Islands are examined such as behaviours that promote or put at risk health. The Solomon Islands Health System and Structure is also outlined.
NU651Social Sciences112
This unit explores the psychological and sociological concept that relate to nursing practice. Growth and development, human behaviour and the concepts that maintain the integrity of families and communities in the Solomon Islands e.g. culture, customs and rituals are the central focus for this study. Population trends and movements are examined in relation to health.
NU613Applied Sciences112
This unit will examine the sciences of microbiology, pharmacology and nutrition that are essential for effective nursing practice. Infection control and the process by which organisms cause disease and are managed and prevented are the focus in microbiology. Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and the administration of drugs are in pharmacology. Nutrition is a study of the role nutrients have on health of individuals and how food and food safety may cause or prevent diseases.
NU621Introduction to Nursing112
This unit introduces the student to the theory and practice of nursing especially as it applies to the Solomon Islands. The structure, roles and significant bodies of nursing will be explored. Health assessment of an adult and a child and the skills associated with this will be the focus of practice development.
NU612Human Biology 22NU61112
The study of human structure and function continues in this unit, with study in the following systems: Lymphatic, male and female reproductive, digestive, endocrine and Sensory. Physiological concepts that relate to: immunology, inflammation, metabolism, homeostasis, development and inheritance are explored.
NU622Nursing Theory & Practice 12NU62112
This unit will continue to develop the processes required to work with people in a health environment with special emphasis on working in a health clinic. The skills required to be a nurse in a public health clinic will be learned in preparation to undertake clinical experience in such a clinic. The care of antenatal patients in these clinics will be a special focus.
NU632Primary Health Care & Health Promotion2NU63112
The concepts of primary health care and health promotion are developed and explored in this unit. Students will learn the strategies for promoting health including health education, screening for disease and immunization. The place of primary health care within the public health system will be explored and students will learn the format and process for undertaking a community assessment.
NU641Clinical Practice I2NU611, NU631, NU651, NU613 & NU62112
These are the first experiences for students to begin to develop nursing practice. Students will alternate between two different clinical experiences. One is a 5 week experience in an Urban Health Clinic; the other a 5 week community health experience. In the health clinic students will work under the supervision of a registered nurse and supported by a clinical teacher. The community health experience will entail undertaking a structured clinical assessment and experiencing health promotion and protection strategies and programs.
NU642Clinical Practice II2NU611, NU631, NU651, NU613 & NU62112
These are the first experiences for students to begin to develop nursing practice. Students will alternate between two different clinical experiences. One is a 5 week experience in an Urban Health Clinic; the other a 5 week community health experience. In the health clinic students will work under the supervision of a registered nurse and supported by a clinical teacher. The community health experience will entail undertaking a structured clinical assessment and experiencing health promotion and protection strategies and programs.
NU623Nursing Theory & Practice 23NU621 & NU62212
The development of nursing knowledge and skill are further developed in this unit, with special focus on nursing in a hospital setting. Learning the skills required to care for medical, surgical and obstetric patients will commence in this unit. The skills required to maintain patient comfort and to safely commence experience in the national Referral Hospital will be emphasized.
NU633Communicable Diseases3NU631 & NU63212
The major communicable diseases seen in the Solomon Islands and threatening this country will be covered in this unit. Emphasis is on the assessment, screening, managing and preventing these diseases. Students will be prepared for a possible epidemic developing knowledge and skills to protect themselves, their patients and the general population.
NU661Normal Obstetrics3NU611 & NU61212
Students will learn the physiology assessment and management of a pregnant woman especially in labour delivery and in the postnatal period. Understanding of foetal function and growth will be studied. The care of the newborn infant will be studied also. Pregnancy and child birth will be studied from physical, psychological, social and cultural perspectives.
NU671Medical Surgical Nursing 13NU611 & NU61212
This is the first of three (3) units that will explore the pathophysiology and management of symptoms related to biological concepts and the assessment, diagnosis, management and prevention of common medical and surgical problems seen in the Solomon Islands. This unit will focus on disorders affecting the skin, muscular skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems.
NU643Clinical Practice II3NU612, NU622, NU632, NU641 & NU64212
These three clinical practicums are inter-dispersed across year 2. They have students alternating experience in a medical, surgical and obstetric area. Each practicum will be individually assessed against the year 2 standards for nursing practice. Students will work under the direct supervision of a clinical registered nurse with learning development supported by a clinical teacher.
NU624Nursing Theory & Practice 34NU62312
This unit will continue to explore concepts related to nursing practice and introduce the students to nursing sick infants and children. Mastery of clinical skills will continue especially those required for medical surgical nursing and paediatric nursing.
NU662Child Health4NU66112
Maintaining the health and well-being will open this unit. It will then progress onto the assessment diagnosis and management of sick infants and children. Students will also study the Solomon Islands program of integrated management of childhood Illnesses (IMCI) during this course. Emphasis will be on the management of common conditions seen in children both in hospital and in clinics.
NU672Medical Surgical Nursing 24NU67112
In this unit the study of medical and surgical conditions will continue with emphasis on pathophysiology and management of symptoms related to biological concepts and the assessment, diagnosis, management and prevention of common medical and surgical problems seen in the Solomon Islands. This unit will focus on disorders affecting the eye, nervous, reproductive, Digestive and Endocrine systems.
NU644Clinical Practice III4NU623, NU633, NU661, NU671 & NU64312
These three clinical practicums are inter-dispersed across year 2. They have students alternating experience in a medical, surgical and obstetric area. Each practicum will be individually assessed against the year 2 standards for nursing practice. Students will work under the direct supervision of a clinical registered nurse with learning development supported by a clinical teacher.
NU645Clinical Practice IV4NU623, NU633, NU661, NU671 & NU64312
These three clinical practicums are inter-dispersed across year 2. They have students alternating experience in a medical, surgical and obstetric area. Each practicum will be individually assessed against the year 2 standards for nursing practice. Students will work under the direct supervision of a clinical registered nurse with learning development supported by a clinical teacher.
NU673Medical-Surgical Nursing 3512
The management of complex conditions will be explored in this course. This will include where more than one condition are seen in the same patient especially where the interrelationship complicates management. Students will develop knowledge of emergency triage and the management and of conditions that require specialized care.
NU625Nursing Theory & Practice 45NU62412
Development of nursing knowledge continues with the introduction of ethics and ethical decision making. Nursing patients with chronic illness, terminal care and care of the dying will all be studied as well as the unique nature of nursing the mentally ill.
NU663Abnormal Obstetric5NU661 & NU66212
Complex pregnancies require careful assessment and special management to protect the health of both the mother and the infant. This is the focus for this unit along with the management and prevention of complications in pregnancy, labour and post-natal care.
NU652Mental Health5NU65112
This unit begins by looking at mental health and abnormal behaviour before moving on to mental illness. Knowledge and skills in the management of abnormal behaviour, the symptoms of mental illness will be studied at a later stage including mental status assessment and therapeutic communication. Psychopharmacology and different management approaches for mental illness will also be studied.
NU646Clinical Practice III5NU624, NU662, NU672, NU644 & NU64512
A Two 5-week blocks of practical experience will take place in this semester. One in a paediatric area whiles the other in a specialised unit or a psychiatric setting. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to practice nursing to a level of a nurse seeking registration in the Solomon Islands.
NU634Nursing in Remote Areas6NU631, NU632 && NU63312
This unit will prepare the student to work in provincial clinics and remote areas. They will review the management of common conditions and how to work within protocols. The management of a rural health clinic will be explored as well so as the roles and responsibilities of the nurses.
NU635Registered Nurse Practice6NU631, NU632 && NU63312
In this unit students will examine the nature, function and requirements of the Registered Nursing Practice. This includes the competencies for registrations, working with others under a delegated authority capacity, leadership and management.
NU636Population Health6NU631, NU632 && NU63312
This unit will explore the assessment and management of health issues and problems as they affect a population especially in relation to village health. Regional and national health programs will be examined including the role of the nurse in these programs. Other areas that will be covered are skills in working with communities, developing and influencing health policies. The program will focus on student learning.
NU681Research & Surveillance612
Quality assurance is the focus here and the skills associated with it. This includes reading and utilizing research findings, applying the findings to nursing practice, managing data and interpreting disease surveillance information.
NU647Clinical Practice IV6NU625, NU663, NU673, NU652 & NU64612
In the final clinical experience student are sent out to work in a provincial Rural Health Clinic for 8 weeks. They will work with and under the direct supervision of the registered nurse and will be expected to demonstrate competency.