This program encouraged the development of the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes of a registered nurse. You will be exposed to the concepts of health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation through nursing care management. Different nursing procedures will be introduced to you allowing an understanding of the individual, family and illness and dealing with the person as an individual. You learn how to identify the activities of daily living to treat and prevent complications.

What Is Nursing?

Nursing refers to the act of giving care to those who are unwell, whether it is physically or mentally. Nurses play a large and crucial role in health care and are often responsible for administering medication, treating wounds, performing physical exams and tests, as well as in monitoring vital signs. 

Nurses are the one who are there to help patients recover from illnesses. They provide ongoing and holistic care to those who are unwell. Nurses are also tasked to convey critical information of a patient’s symptoms and recovery to doctors.

Nursing Specializations

There are a large number of fields that nurses can specialize in. Most diploma courses will let you get a feel as well as provide you the basic information of each field. Postgraduate students will allow you to choose the particular field you want to specialize in. Common fields in nursing include:

  • Accident and emergency 
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics 
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • OPD
  • Gynaecology


What Will You Study In Nursing?

Nursing courses will cover subjects in the health sciences, behavioral science and nursing sciences. Subjects that you will study in UOW Malaysia KDU’s Nursing diploma program include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology, parasitology, immunology and nutrition
  • Fundamentals of nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Nursing management
  • Emergency and critical care nursing
  • Pharmacology


Who Should Study Nursing?

If you are considering taking up nursing but not too sure if it is for you, here are a few traits that will help you make the decision:

  • You love helping and caring for other people – Nurses are frontliners in the healthcare industry. The job will require you to tend to people who are sick and hurting. You will need to have genuine compassion for your patients to help them to recover. Sometimes, being a nurse means lending your listening ear to your patients. 
  • Working in a challenging and fast paced environment doesn’t faze you – Nurses need to monitor several patients at once, all this while having ro prepare patient reports, reviewing doctors’ notes and making sure that patients are comfortable. Nursing will require you to fulfil certain responsibilities but there is definitely nothing routine about being a nurse!
  • You have good communication skills – You will be communicating often with doctors, fellow nurses, patients as well as their family members. Good communication skills will ensure that the information and/or instructions that are passed on are accurate. This is important as in this industry, even slight mistakes can cause grave consequences.  
  • You can think on your feet – Nurses often have to make crucial decisions. Medical emergencies may happen anytime, and it is the nurses who are the ones to respond if it happens under their watch. 
  • You are emotionally stable – Nursing can be a very rewarding career. But it can also be extremely stressful. Traumatic situations, suffering and death are all part and parcel of a nursing career. It is important to be able to get through heartbreaking situations without letting it affect you personally and/or stripping you of compassion and empathy for your patients. 

Nursing Jobs and Career Pathways

A Nursing diploma will open up the pathway for you to work at healthcare institutions such as hospitals and clinics, research facilities as well as social organizations that help those who are sick. It is also one of the best ways to lay the foundation for a Nursing Degree from which you can pursue careers such as:

  • Staff nurse
  • Nurse researcher
  • Nurse risk manager
  • Healthcare product specialist

Since there is a great demand for nurses but locally and overseas, you will also potentially have the opportunity to work abroad if you wish. 

Program information


  • Registered nurse in government/private hospital or clinics.
  • Nurse specialist in many fields that interest you such as mental health, community health, accident & emergency, neonatal, Ear Nose Throat (ENT), paediatric, orthopaedic, gerontology, oncology, ophthalmology, gerontology, traumatology, neurosurgery, midwifery, renal, plastic surgery, diabetic, infection control, mental health, community health, Critical Care (CCU), Intensive Care (ICU) nursing and operation techniques.
  • Occupational health nurse in industries.
  • Nurse administrator in hospitals, corporate sector and non-Government Organizations.
  • Nurse educator in educational institutions.
  • Nurse researcher in organisations dealing with health.
3 years
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, George Town


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology and Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Nursing 1
  • Communication, Human and Public Relations & Counselling
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Nursing 2
  • Medical Surgical Nursing 1
  • Sociology
  • Clinical Practice 2



  • Psychology
  • Professional Development & Medico-Legal in Nursing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing 2
  • Obstetric and Gynecology
  • Clinical Practice 3
  • Medical Surgical Nursing 3
  • Medical Surgical Nursing 4
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing 1
  • Clinical Practice 4



  • Medical Surgical Nursing 5
  • Community Health Nursing 2
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Emergency & Critical Care Nursing
  • Clinical Practice 5
  • Nursing Management
  • Introduction to Nursing Research & Epidemiology
  • Clinical Experience 6
  • Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban (Malaysian Students)
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International Students)
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Society and Development in Malaysia
  • Teamwork and Community
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programmes)

Intake dates


3 July 16 October


Estimated fees
Local students


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*Full Sponsorship is Available for Local Students
*Terms and Conditions Apply
*Instalment Payment Plan Available (with PTPTN Loan)

Academic Qualification

SPM / O Level / UEC :
Local Student
5 Credits including Bahasa Melayu and Mathematics


1 of any subjects in Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Applied Science

International Student
5 Credits including Mathematics


1 of any subjects in Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Applied Science and Credit in three other subjects


All students must undergo medical check-up.


English Requirement

Local Student:
Pass in English at SPM level or equivalent


Local Sponsorship Student:
Credit in English at SPM level or equivalent


International Student:
Band 5.5 in IELTS; or a min score of 80 (IBT) or 515 (PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (160); or PTE Academic (51)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.