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Nursing is dynamic and diverse so you’ll need to a great deal of thought to decide and apply for this course.

Nursing a patient with Alzheimer’s disease differs significantly from that of a pediatric intensive care nurse.


Application via the Public Service Commission (Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam/SPA):

If you’re interested to work as a government staff, candidates with the minimum required eligibility may apply to become a nurse by completing the SPA8 form via the Public Service Commission (SPA) at this link.

Subject Focus


  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • 3 other subjects
  • Pass in Bahasa Malaysia / Bahasa Melayu including oral test

Apart from academic qualifications, physical factors also play an important role. You must have good mental and physical health with no disabilities which may impair the quality of your work.


This course will teach you the necessary nursing skills and the essential knowledge.

Generally, you’ll need to master the three essential skill sets for nursing – Theory, that is the academic learning and understanding of the nursing care subjects, and; Practice, the undertaking of clinical nursing skills and care with patients; and Professional, standards required by the nursing council.

Personality Type

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

You should also realize that ANY type can be successful in ANY major or career.

Myers-Briggs: ESFJ, ESTJ, ISTJ, and ENFJ

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: SER

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info
  • Psychiatric Nurse: Cares and supports patients who have mental disabilities; evaluates the needs of their patients and administers treatments and therapies that allow patients to function normally
  • Critical Care Nurse: Looks after patients suffering from serious, acute and complex ailments or injuries. Specialises in dealing with patients who need to be closely monitored. Handles sophisticated medical equipment and adheres to complex protocols
  • Oncological Nurse: Handles patients who have, or are at the risk of developing cancer. Acts as educators, administrators and researchers in the field of cancer treatment, detection and prevention. Provides palliative and rehabilitative care
  • Neonatal Nurse: Cares for newborns for the first 28 days of the babies’ lives. Focuses not only on health infants but also on ill or premature babies
  • Emergency and Trauma Nurse: Handles patients in trauma situations. Specialises in assessing a patient in an emergency setting

You may be wondering whether to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Licensed Vocational Nurses (or Nurse Practitioners) provide basic nursing care. Their duties vary depending on the work setting. LVNs must complete an accredited program, which takes about one year. Classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology is combined with supervised clinical experience.

Registered Nurses (also known as Clinical Nurse) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Registered Nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), an Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing (ASN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.

Work Environment:

Healthcare delivery has changed so aside from hospitals, the usual work place for most nurses, graduates of this course may find themselves working in other places such as hospices, community health centres, walk-in clinics, and even in the patient’s own home.


Entry Level: RM 2,000 – RM 3,000

Mid-Career: RM3,000 – RM RM 4,000

Experienced: RM 4,000 – RM 4,600

Job Demand

Securing jobs has been the problem for most nursing graduates. Government statistics show that more than 54% of nursing graduates of 2010 had trouble finding jobs, compared to 21.7% in 2008. Despite government initiatives and plans to move the local healthcare industry forward, it appears the saturation point has been reached and only those registered nurses have a better chance of getting hired.

The mushrooming of nursing schools and colleges in the country has resulted in the oversupply of low quality healthcare providers such as nurses. In response, the Ministry of Higher Education has stopped accepting applications to set up new nursing schools. Aside from prohibiting the launch of diploma programmes, the ministry wants existing providers to concentrate on degree courses.

According to Dato Dr Anuar Zaini, Professor and Head of Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences of Monash University, hospitals are not giving enough training and education to fresh graduates and that there are not enough teaching hospitals in the country. To date, there are only five – Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, International Islamic University Malaysia Teaching Hospital, Perdana University Hospital, University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre and University Malaya Medical Centre. For a full list of accredited nursing colleges, click here.


There is nursing shortage globally, affecting countries such as United States and Britain. About 10% to 20% of Malaysia’s 84,000 nurses work overseas in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand.

Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates a shortage of almost 4.3 million nurses, physicians and other health human resources worldwide — reported to be the result of decades of underinvestment in health worker education, training, wages, working environment and management.

Australia received 11,757 nurses from other countries between 1995 and 2000.[10] The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records show that more than 10,000 foreign nurses were given H-1A visas in the same time frame.[10] The U.K. admitted 26,286 foreign nurses from 1998 to 2002. Saudi Arabia also depends on the international nurse supply with 40 nations represented in its nurse workforce.

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