GETTING a medical degree is one of the most expensive endeavours a student undertakes, but the healthcare sector is one of the most lucrative.
Becoming a healthcare expert is a noble profession. You will save lives, or at least help people make their lives better.
The Covid-19 virus is particularly harmful for those with comorbidity such as diabetes and hypertension, making healthcare professionals even more crucial to society.
The journey towards bringing the country back to good health means there is no shortage of opportunities for healthcare professionals to delve into a rewarding, satisfying career that will bloom into a life mission.
To answer the call to produce a new breed of healthcare professionals for Malaysia, UOW Malaysia College has supplemented the nation’s training needs with a host of diploma programmes designed to produce experts that will strengthen the country’s healthcare system.
“When you embark on a diploma programme, you learn almost immediately what you need to do to get the job done,” said UOW Malaysia College’s School of Nursing and Allied Health head Magesvari Subramaniam.
“Diploma students do not delve into academics and theories.
“They learn at once what they need to do in their upcoming professions.
After doctors deliver the diagnosis and issue instructions, those who work the hardest to bring patients back to good health will be the nurses.
Never was their role more visible than during the pandemic. Stories abound on social media from Covid-19 survivors about nurses who showed boundless compassion.
This pandemic proved that when all hope was lost and the patients faced death, the last person left beside them to give them comfort was invariably a nurse.
“It is more than a job. It is a mission,” stressed Magesvari.
UOW Malaysia College’s Diploma in Nursing is a three-year programme that comes with plenty of daily experience in hospitals.
School-leavers with the aptitude and desire to want to heal others have a high chance of getting their education entirely sponsored.
Magesvari said the campus regularly received nursing scholarships from private hospitals and related organisations, which were then awarded to students who not only excelled academically but also exhibited an empathy towards others.
“I am happy to say that at our nursing school, our students tend to be morally strong and think of others before themselves,” she said.
From caring for babies born with problems to the elderly who are frail, the physiotherapist wants nothing more than to resolve their pain, stabilise their injuries and help them restore their mobility.
“Students pursuing this diploma will gain deep knowledge about the human anatomy and physiology.
“They will also acquire insights into behavioural sciences as a means of knowing how people move the way they do so as to stop them from developing problems in their backs, hands and necks in the first place.
“There will be special lessons in the fields of paediatrics, geriatrics and women’s health. And they will gain in-depth knowledge on how to treat sports injuries. With this three years of learning, students will be ready to serve as physiotherapists, and they will additionally be able to serve in wellness centres, fitness clubs and various fitness and rehabilitation equipment suppliers,” said Magesvari.
The healthcare service provider imparts the crucial element of wellness to any aspect of customer or guest service.
These students will acquire knowledge of biostatistics and see how to apply the health data of the population in deciding a service for them that enhances their wellbeing, said Magesvari.
She said they must also learn Health and Social Care Systems, Occupational Safety and Health, Systems Analysis and Design – knowledge crucial for them to help people lead healthier lives at work and play.
“They will also be armed with knowledge in the principles of entrepreneurship and tourism, plus learn about infection control measures, healthcare marketing and health industry finance.
“The goal of this diploma student is to operate businesses in the new normal.
“These students will be trained to work beside doctors. They will be well-versed in medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, public health, pharmacology, behavioural science and nursing,” she elaborated.
She highlighted that every graduate would be accepted and registered into the Malaysian Medical Assistants Board.
“To get them ready, the students will undergo extensive practical clinical placements at reputable government and private hospitals.
“Armed with knowledge in pathology, microbiology, parasitology, behavioural science, nursing science, community health and emergency treatment among others, these students will be ready to stand in the front lines of healthcare upon graduating,” she added.
Those interested to pursue a career in healthcare can call UOW Malaysia College at +603-7953 6690 or visit www.uowmkdu.edu.my