University-college offers diploma programmes to students of all races
FOR two decades, PICOMS International University College in Kuala Lumpur – formerly Pusrawi International College of Medical Sciences – has been offering health-related programmes to students here and from abroad.
Known as the Pusrawi College of Nursing back then, it started with its diploma in nursing programme in 1998.
Following its rebranding in 2011, PICOMS expanded its courses to 12, of which the top three most popular programmes are nursing, medical assistant and pharmacy.
The others are physiotherapy, medical science, occupational health and safety, environmental health, human resources management, medical laboratory technology, hotel management, logistics management, and environmental health.
In April this year, PICOMS achieved university-college status and will soon offer degree programmes.
Its next step is to become a full-fledged university of international standing.
PICOMS is operated by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) and is open to all students.
Its competitive course fees in addition to its programmes are the main draws that attract students whose number now stands at about 4,000, both local and foreign.
There are four campuses in Kuala Lumpur equipped with their own facilities such as computer labs, science labs, nursing labs, mock-up wards among others.
Registration for October intake is open on Oct 20, for diploma programmes in environmental health, medical science, pharmacy, occupational health and safety, hotel management, human resources management and logistics management.
R. Geyshini, 18, medical assistant student
A FRESH-FACED student at PICOMS, R. Geyshini started her diploma in medical assistant in July.
Although it’s been only a few months, she is thoroughly enjoying her time at college.
Her classes are going well; being a lover of science, she has taken to her behavioral science class as it focuses on people.
“I really like the way the lecturer teaches the class. The lecturers here are very friendly, supportive and they treat everyone equally,” she said.
Geyshini added that the college has great facilities and fortunately for first-year students like her, it offers free hostel and transportation for the first year of their programme to help ease their financial burden.
Sense of community
Chan Yang Zi, 18, occupational therapy student
THE drive to help others do better was what pushed Chan Yang Zi to pursue his studies in occupational therapy.
At the recommendation of his sister, Yang Zi checked out PICOMS and decided to enrol with the college as it is one of the few local institutions to offer a diploma in the subject.
Yang Zi is part of the July 2018 intake and he looked back fondly at the two-week-long orientation.
“Everyone at orientation was so friendly. I actually fell sick during orientation and one of the seniors looked after me.
“There was this sense of community and unity,” he said.
Now that he is settled in, Yang Zi is looking forward to what college life will bring.
“We might be visiting a hospital soon, to witness the treatment processes and learn about the different tools,” he said.
Raveena Jaytisha Kaur, 19, medical science student
MEDICAL science student Raveena Jaytisha Kaur said PICOMS caught her interest because of the courses it offers.
“I was interested in the pharmacy and medical assistant programmes initially, but was accepted into medical science. With this programme, I can go into others later on,” she said.
Raveena has been making full use of her time on campus. When she wasn’t busy with classes, she turned out for netball last year.
So far the highlight of her time at college was a field trip to Universiti Malaya for an anatomy class.
“We witnessed a postmortem and we took notes. It was very helpful for our studies,” she said.
J. Don Amylia, 20, medical science student
ASIDE from the courses and facilities at PICOMS, J. Don Amylia is pleased with the lecturers whom she finds are a caring lot.
“If you have any problems, you can see them to talk to them and they’ll help you with your problem,” said the medical science student from the July 2017 batch who plans a future career as a medical assistant.
For more details: 03-6192 0600/700, or www.picoms.edu.my