Dip. Nursing

Approval Code R2/723/4/0127; 11/2024
Accreditation Code MQA/FA9021
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Nursing
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration 3 Years / 6 semesters of Full-time study (26 weeks per semester, no short semester)
Course Location Kuala Lumpur , Springhill (Seremban)
Intakes January and July

The Diploma in Nursing is a 3-year (6 semesters) full-time programme. The emphasis of this programme is on the ‘art’ of nursing (caring) for individuals with health problems. The ‘science’ of nursing is integrated throughout the programme to enable the students to understand the rationale of care provided to clients.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the students will be eligible to sit for the Malaysian Nursing Board Examination to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.

The programme has full accreditation status from the Malaysian Qualification Agency. The diploma is recognised by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) and is accepted by the Nursing Boards of many countries.

Professional Recognition



Course work and written examinations.

Minimum Entry Requirement

Minimum Entry Requirement

For Malaysian Candidates:

For International Candidates:

Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or *equivalent with five (5) credits:

Mandatory credits in:

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • Mathematics (Elementary or Additional or Modern)

Either one (1) of the credit below:

  • Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/ Applied Science.


  • Credit in two (2) other subjects.


  • Pass in English.


  • Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)
  • Possess Assistant Nurse Certificate / Community Nurse Certificate.
  • Registered with the MNB.
  • Possess current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) for nurses from MNB.
  • Minimum three (3) years clinical working experience.

Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or *equivalent with five (5) subjects (minimum Grade C):

  • Credit in Mathematics (Elementary or Additional or Modern)


Either one (1) of the credit below:

  • Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/ Applied Science


  • Credit in three (3) other subjects.


  • A pass in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an Overall Band Score of minimum 5.5.


  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
  • TOEFL Paper Based Test (TOEFL PBT) a minimum score of 515.
  • TOEFL Computer Based Test (TOEFL CBT) a minimum score of 215.
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT) a minimum score of 80.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Important Note

  • ALL Malaysian students must have credits in Bahasa Melayu at SPM level for admission into Nursing Programmes.
  • ALL International students must have English requirements: IELTS Band 5.5; OR TOEFL 550 (Written-based), 215 (Computer-based), 80 (internet-based).

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with other borderline Academic Requirements.

SPM Credits - 'A+' to 'C'
SPM Passes - 'D' to 'E'
O-Level Credits - 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credits - 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM Principals - 'A' to 'C'
A-levels - 'A' to 'C'

This programme prepares graduates for a broad spectrum of first-level practice roles in hospital and community health centres. It fosters a commitment to lifelong learning, critical reflective thinking and professional growth. The diploma is internationally recognised and allows graduates to work in any country, subject to registration requirements.

After three (3) years of work experience, graduates will be able to further develop professionally through the Bachelor of Nursing Programme, which will enable the nurses to pursue other expanded roles and different kinds of career opportunities.

Year 1 (Semester 1)

  • Therapeutic Communication Skills
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Basic Microbiology in Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing I
  • Nursing Practicum I

Year 1 (Semester 2)

  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Basic Pharmacology for Nurses
  • Fundamentals of Nursing II
  • Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • ​Nursing Practicum II
  • ​MPU-U4 Extra-Curriculum Learning Experience

Year 2 (Semester 3)

  • Basic Concept in Sociology
  • Psychology in Nursing
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing II
  • Nursing Practicum III
  • MPU-U1-Pengajian Malaysia / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2

Year 2 (Semester 4)

  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Nursing
  • Community & Gerontological Nursing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing III
  • Nursing Practicum IV
  • Option for MPU-U2 Course *
  • MPU-U4 Extra-curriculum Learning Experience

Year 3 (Semester 5)

  • Care of the Paediatric Client
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Acute Care Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Research & Statistics
  • Nursing Practicum V
  • MPU–U3- Creative Thinking Skills

Year 3 (Semester 6)

  • Ward Management
  • Clinical Internship
  • Nursing Practicum VI


General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
– For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
– For foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2

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