Nursing is a noble profession, whose personnel devote themselves to the care of the sick.

Private hospitals offer full scholarship to nursing students via UOW Malaysia

NURSES tend to the needs of the sick, injured and aged in various capacities. They care and co-ordinate with healthcare professionals for the recovery of patients facing health conditions.

Healthcare is a stable industry, the nursing profession is noble, there is much job satisfaction in helping people get well, and the work is never boring because it is different almost every day.

Even better, private hospitals provide tens of millions of ringgit in full nursing scholarships every year.

A school-leaver with the necessary SPM results and a caring nature will have the chance to be awarded a full scholarship, plus instant employment after earning a nursing diploma.

At UOW Malaysia, at least 12 private hospitals in Malaysia and Singapore offer full scholarships to nursing diploma students through the campus.

“Not only do they bear the full cost of the education, they pay students allowance to see them through,” says UOW Malaysia’s School of Nursing and Allied Health head Magesvari Subramaniam.

Those who receive a nursing scholarship from Singapore will get an allowance of RM1,000 a month throughout their three-year diploma programme at UOW Malaysia and are then guaranteed employment in Singapore under a five-year bond, she says.

For students preferring to remain in Malaysia, they will receive an allowance of between RM550 and RM750 a month, plus other benefits.

Male nurses play a vital role in providing quality care to patients.Male nurses play a vital role in providing quality care to patients.

“Some hospitals will provide you with extra allowances for books, shoes, handphone use. These range from RM160 to RM300.

“If you do well and maintain a CGPA of above 3.5 a year, some hospitals will send you an excellence reward of RM500 to RM400 yearly,” she says.

According to Magesvari, some hospitals would make the scholarships attractive to deserving students by including medical coverage, as well as bearing the cost of Hepatitis B and anti-tetanus injections to add a layer of welfare for students.

One hospital even pays the flight tickets for successful scholarship applicants to fly to the peninsula for their studies.

“It is a measure of how important registered nurses are to the world that inspire hospitals to spend large sums on scholarships for nursing students.

“Up to 80% of all our nursing students per intake enjoy full scholarships.

“It is more than just a job. As nurses, we really make a difference in people’s lives when they are not well,” she says.

To be awarded these full scholarship, Magesvari says that an innate caring nature is more important than academic excellence.

The entry requirements for the diploma programme is five SPM credits – in Bahasa Melayu; Mathematics; any science subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science; and credits in two other subjects.

It also takes at least a pass in SPM English or its equivalent, although additional English modules can be taken at UOW Malaysia.

School-leavers seeking scholarship must first submit completed application forms and the necessary documents to UOW Malaysia.

Then come two interviews. The first is with UOW Malaysia academicians, and those who pass this first hurdle will attend a second interview with a panel from private hospitals offering the scholarship.

“What we want to understand during the interviews is why you want to study nursing,” says Magesvari.

“If you were a member of St John’s Ambulance or Red Crescent Society in school and learned about first aid and giving service to society, that is an excellent plus.

“We interviewed scholarship applicants whose family members are nurses. It was really inspirational to listen to their passion about wanting to be nurses.”

The subjects in UOW Malaysia’s Diploma in Nursing are also highly interesting.

Students learn Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology and Nutrition; Communication, Human and Public Relations, and Counselling; and even Sociology and Psychology.

To learn what it takes to embark on this noble career, visit UOW Malaysia’s Nursing and Health Science Day on April 8 and 9 or go to to make an appointment with the campus’ education advisors.

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