Diploma in Health Services Management (R45)


What You Will Learn

Hospitals and clinics need to be managed smoothly and efficiently for medical practitioners to save lives.

Make a difference at the heart of the healthcare system as a healthcare administrator. The Diploma in Health Services Management (DHSM) offers a management-oriented training in health services and administration in Singapore’s care continuum, from primary to acute and communitybased settings. In DHSM, you will be equipped with the understanding of major healthcare policies, practices and processes. You will gain a solid foundation in healthcare knowledge and experience extensive hands-on training in health service management, preparing you to work capably as a wellrounded healthcare professional.

Our graduates are currently making a difference in various healthcare institutions, translating their acquired knowledge and skills to ensure all patients have a comfortable, welcoming experience.

My exposure to problem-based learning and real-life scenarios in RP has allowed me to learn experientially, and to put my skills to the test. The daily presentations and problem statements have trained me to be ready for the workforce.

Keefe Lau
Diploma in Health Services Management 2019 Graduate and Valedictorian. Currently pursuing BSc in International Relations, BSc for Bachelor of Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2021 JAE  Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 17 to 25            


a) English Language/1 - 7
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)/1 - 6
c) Any one of the following subjects/1 - 6 
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computer Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

Courses with remaining vacancies after JAE posting are indicated with an asterisk (*). In order to appeal to these courses with vacancies, students need only meet the course’s MERs. Do note that meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee placement, as appeals posting is in order of merit, and subjected to available vacancies in the course.

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT21 Building Drafting (Architectural)
  • NT23 Drafting (Civil & Structural)
  • NT24 Electronics (Broadband Technology & Services) / Electronics (Computer & Networking) / Electronics (Computer Technology) / Electronics (Disk Media) / Electronics (Instrumentation) / Electronics (Manufacturing) / Electronics (Mobile Devices) / Electronics (Video Technology) / Electronics (Wafer Fabrication) / Electronics (Wireless LAN) / Electronics Servicing / Electronics
  • NT25 Electro-Mechanical Servicing / Mechatronics / Mechatronics (Automation Technology) / Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly) / Mechatronics (Medical Technology)
  • NT26 Electrical Technology / Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing)
  • NT27 Electrical Power & Machines / Electrical Technology (Power & Control) / Electrical Technology (Power & Machines)
  • NT28 Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology
  • NT29 Automotive Mechanics (Construction Equipment) / Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles))
  • NT30  Mechanical Servicing / Maintenance Fitting / Mechanical Technology
  • NT31 Automotive Mechanics (Light Vehicles) / Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles)
  • NT32 Precision Engineering (Machining)
  • NT37 (Precision Engineering (Injection Mould) / Precision Engineering (Press Tool) / Precision Engineering (Tool & Mould)
  • NT38 Building Services Technology / Building Services Technology (AirConditioning & Refrigeration) / Building Services Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services) / Building Servicing
  • NT39 Chemical Process Technology / Chemical Process Technology (Biologics) / Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals) / Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals) / Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation)
  • NT40  Info-Communications Technology (Networking & Systems Administration) / Infocomm Technology
  • NT41 Multimedia Technology
  • NT42 Marine Technology / Marine Mechanics
  • NT43 Mechanical-Electrical Drafting
  • NT44 Digital Media Design / Digital Media Design (Interactive Media)
  • NT45 Nursing
  • NT46 Product Design
  • NT47 Communications Technology
  • NT48 Precision Engineering (Aerospace)
  • NT49 Marine Electrical Technology
  • NT50 Port Equipment Technology
  • NT51 Aircraft Maintenance (Mechanical)
  • NT52 Digital Animation
  • NT53 Aerospace Technology
  • NT54 Digital Media Design (Digital Video Effects)
  • NT55 Fitness Training
  • NT56 Digital Audio & Video Production
  • NT57 Security Technology
  • NT58 Applied Food Science
  • NT59 Aerospace Avionics
  • NT60 Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
  • NT61 Facility Technology (Landscaping Services)
  • NT62 Machine Building Technology / Machine Technology
  • NT63 Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
  • NT64 Medical Manufacturing Technology
  • NT65 Space Design (Architecture)
  • NT66 Space Design (Interior & Exhibition)
  • NT67 Aerospace Machining Technology
  • NT68 Laser & Tooling Technology / Semiconductor Tooling Technology
  • NT69 Community Care & Social Services
  • NT70 Interactive Media Design
  • NT71 Visual Communication
  • NT72 Visual Effects
  • NT73 Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation)
  • NT74  Info-Communications Technology (Mobile Networks & Applications)
  • NT75 Rapid Transit Technology
  • NT76 Electronics (Microelectronics) / Semiconductor Technology
  • NT77 Opticianry
  • NT78 Hair Services (Hair & Scalp Therapy)
  • NT79 Info-Communications Technology (Cloud Computing)
  • NT80 Social Media & Web Development
  • NT81 Attraction Operations
  • NT84 Business Services
  • NT85 Finance Services
  • NT86 Retail Services
  • NT87 Travel and Tourism Services
  • NT88 Electronics (Display Technology)
  • NT89 Asian Culinary Arts
  • NT90 Food & Beverage Operations
  • NT91  Pastry & Baking
  • NT92  Western Culinary Arts
  • NT93  Beauty & Wellness
  • NT94 Hair Fashion & Design
  • NT95 Logistics Services
  • NT96 Electronics, Computer Networking and Communications
  • NT97 Microelectronics
  • NT99 Web Applications
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS21 Pastry & Baking
  • BS22  Culinary Arts
  • BS23 Retail & Online Business
  • BS24 Financial Services
  • BS81  Early Childhood Education
  • BS82 Banking Services
  • BS83 Hospitality Operations
  • BS84 Business Studies (Event Management)
  • BS85 Business Studies (Accounting) / Accounting / Certificate in Business Studies in Accounting
  • BS86 Business Studies (Administration / Secretarial) / Business Studies (Administration) / Administration / Certificate in Business Studies (Secretarial) 
  • BS87 Integrated Logistics Management / Logistics for International Trade / Certificate in Logistics Operations 
  • BS88 E-Commerce / Business-Information Technology / Certificate in Business Studies (E-Commerce)
  • BS89 Business Studies (Sports Management) / Sports Management
  • BS90 Business Studies (Service Management) / Service Management
  • BS91 Beauty & Spa Management
  • BS92 Visual Merchandising
  • BS93 Community Sport & Recreation Management
  • BS94 Retail Merchandising
  • BS95 Passenger Services
  • BS96 Performance Production
  • BS97 Filmmaking (Cinematography)
  • BS98 Event Management
  • BS99 Human Resource and Administration
  • IT21 Certificate in Electro-Mechanical Engineering 
  • IT22 Mechatronics Engineering / Certificate in Mechatronics Engineering
  • IT31 Electrical Engineering / Certificate in Electrical Engineering
  • IT41 Electronics Engineering / Certificate in Electronics Engineering 
  • IT50 Certificate in Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration 
  • IT51 Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design / Certificate in Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design 
  • IT52 Mechanical Engineering / Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • IT54 Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design 
  • IT55 Manufacturing Engineering / Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering
  • IT56 Information Technology / Certificate in Information Technology
  • IT57 Wireless Technology
  • IT58 Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology 
  • IT59 Chemical Technology
  • IT60 Marine & Offshore Technology / Marine Offshore Engineering
  • IT61 Network Security Technology / Cyber & Network Security
  • IT62 Paramedic & Emergency Care
  • IT63 Games Design & Development
  • IT64 Business Information Systems
  • IT65 Leisure & Travel Operations
  • IT66 Security System Integration
  • IT67 Civil & Structural Engineering Design
  • IT68 Facility Systems Design
  • IT69 Information Systems Quality
  • IT70 Mobile Unified Communications
  • IT71 Offshore & Marine Engineering Design
  • IT72 Process Plant Design
  • IT73 Marine Engineering
  • IT74 Aerospace Engineering
  • IT75 Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business
  • IT76 e-Business Programming
  • IT77 Facility Management
  • IT78 Shipping Operations & Services
  • IT79  Elder Care
  • IT80 Space Design Technology 
  • IT81 Broadcast & Media Technology
  • IT82 Games Art & Design
  • IT83 Games Programming & Development
  • IT84 Interactive Design
  • IT85 Precision Engineering
  • IT86 Rapid Transit Engineering
  • IT87 Landscape Management & Design
  • IT88 Applications Development
  • IT89 Systems & Networks

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium),
  • Obtain an A-E grade for 2 other H2 subjects, AND
  • Must have taken GCE 'A' Level examinations whilst studying in a Junior College / Millennia Institute in Singapore
  • Please click here to view a list of module exemptions


For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at www.rp.edu.sg.


Admission to RP is based on academic merit and subjected to available vacancies of our diploma programmes. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee that applicants will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants.

Career Opportunities

As a DHSM graduate, you will be ready to take up various roles in numerous healthcare organisations. These include public and private hospitals, specialist medical centres, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, and clinics:

  • Admissions Officer

  • Business Office Assistant / Officer

  • Care Coordinator Associate

  • Case Management Assistant

  • Clinic Coordinator

  • Corporate Services Assistant

  • Executive Assistant (various departments such as Corporate Planning, Finance, Human Resource, Medical Affairs, Medical Disciplines, Operations and Quality)

  • Operations Executive / Assistant

  • Senior Patient Service Associate / Senior Patient Care Associate

Further Studies

RP graduates are well-placed to embark on meaningful careers, immediately after graduation. They could even improve their employability by taking part-time courses or SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes (ELPs).

What’s more, every RP diploma is recognised and has a pathway leading to a relevant degree with top local and overseas universities. RP graduates may complete their degrees in just over two or three years in a four-year programme.

Skills Deepening

Upon graduation, DHSM students can choose to deepen their skills and knowledge in a chosen field before embarking on their career. They could either sign up for part-time courses or pursue ELPs. Please visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.


Undergraduate Studies

The diploma is designed to meet the requirements for advanced standing in local and overseas universities. DHSM graduates can apply to any of the local universities, or enjoy advanced standing at various overseas institutions such as:

  • The National University of Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Singapore Institute of Technology

  • The University of Adelaide

  • The University of Western Australia

  • Monash University

  • RMIT University

  • The University of Adelaide

  • University of New South Wales

For more information about university pathways, visit RP's Further Studies page.

Last updated on 29 Jan 2021

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Direct Admissions Exercise

January 2021 – April 2021

Early Admissions Exercise

Application Dates for Intake AY2022:

  • O-Level Students: 24 - 30 June 2021
  • ITE Students: 10 - 16 June 2021
  • Working Adults: 7 June - 4 July 2021