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Higher Education in Malaysia  >  Nursing Colleges

Characteristics required of a nurse :

Gentle and soft spoken
Caring and considerate
Committed and dedicated
Good communication skills
Able to think critically
Open minded
Positive thinking
Able to work in a team

In 2012 the Malaysian Nursing Board increased the minimum entry requirement for the diploma in nursing programme from 3 credits to 5 credits at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

University with Nursing Training

MAHSA University College School of Nursing
MAHSA University College School of Nursing

MAHSA College (MEDICAL AND ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES COLLEGE) was established in 2004 with a noble objective of providing programmes in Medical, Dental and allied health sciences to train health care professional needed for the health services in the public and private sector.

MAHSA Nursing School
MAHSA is a private nursing college established to raise the quality of nursing education and training and to become a world class nursing college of international repute.

MAHSA aims to produce outstanding, holistically educated professional nurse practitioners who will function either in the community or hospital.’s annual Global Retirement Index reports that France, Uruguay and Malaysia provide the best and most affordable health care in the world. Malaysia’s healthcare system is the third best out of 24 countries in its 2014 Global Retirement Index, beating Spain, Italy, Ireland and New Zealand, among other countries.

Malaysia’s healthcare scored 95 out of a possible 100 points
The top two countries, France and Uruguay, scored 97 and 96 points, respectively.

The Health Care category in the Index considers :
1- the cost of care
2- the quality
3- the number of people per doctor
4- the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people
5- the percentage of the population with access to safe water
6- the infant mortality rate
7- life expectancy
8- public-health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP

Malaysia placed third for health care in’s Retirement Index. It has gained fame as a medical-tourism destination as its health care is among the best and cheapest in the world.
Medical expertise here is equal to or better than what it is in most Western countries.

“At this time, foreigners cannot access the public health-care system here, but the low cost of health care and the range of health-insurance options, means that paying for health care is no hardship,” says’s Asia correspondent, Keith Hockton.

“Health care costs are so low that you can pay out of pocket for many standard procedures. A regular doctor’s visit costs $16 and a dental check-up costs $9,” he says.

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Medical tourism has benefited the Malaysian Government in terms of foreign direct investments and also spin-off effects in the hotel and shopping sectors. Credit to the boom in Malaysia medical tourism sector through strategic investments on good medical facilities and competitive rates compared to other parts of the world.

Medical tourism receipts in Malaysia from foreign patients totalled RM509.77mil in 2011 involving 578,403 patients.

Malaysia Health Ministry has become a massive seamless service provider in healthcare that has produced magnificent results over the years.
Impressive figures such as life expectancy for women reaching 80 years and about 72 years for men were reflective of the excellent healthcare provided by the ministry and the private sector.


NEC FIELD (National Education Code)
723 (Nursing and Caring)

Number of Courses available in Malaysia
1 Foundation Programme -
2 Certificate 8
3 Diploma 79
4 Advanced Diploma 1
5 Graduate Certificate 2
6 Graduate Diploma -
7 Bachelors Degree in Nursing in Malaysia 21
8 Postgraduate Certificate -
9 Postgraduate Diploma -
10 Masters Degree in Nursing in Malaysia 3
11 Doctoral Degree -
  Source : Malaysian Qualifications Agency(MQA) November 2013  

There are 98 public and private institutions in Malaysia offering diploma and degree in nursing programmes. Diploma graduates dominate almost the entire nursing  service, placing nursing in the sub professional group within the government structure.
Source : Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
11th October, 2010

A 17 Institutions in the Ministry of Health
B 10 Public universities
C 70 Private colleges and Private universities
D 1 Institution in the Ministry of Defense
Total 98 Institutions offering nursing programmes in Malaysia

Out of the above 98 institutions:

A 10 Institutions offers bachelor, master & doctorate programmes
B 88 Institutions offer diploma programmes.
Total 98 Institutions offering nursing programmes in Malaysia

A student can acquire qualification as a registered nurse by following a programme offered at 4 type of nursing institutions in Malaysia:

4 Type of Nursing Institutions in Malaysia

1 Nursing Colleges attached to PUBLIC hospitals 43 colleges
2 Nursing Colleges attached to PRIVATE hospitals 13 colleges
3 Nursing programmes offered by UNIVERSITIES with medical faculties 9 univers
4 PRIVATE NURSING COLLEGES established with the approval of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, and accredited by the National Accreditation Board 11 colleges


1- Wellness focus
2- Person focused
3- Informed person
4- Self help
5- Care provided at home or closer to home
6- Seamless continuous care
7- Services tailored to individualized care
8- Effective efficient and affordable services

4 Type of Nursing Colleges in Malaysia :

Nursing Colleges in Malaysia


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