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KPJ International College of Nursing And Health Sciences (KPJ College) is the teaching arm of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, which is a member of Johor Corporation and is one of the largest healthcare groups


KPJ International College of Nursing And Health Sciences (KPJ College) is the teaching arm of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, which is a member of Johor Corporation and is one of the largest healthcare groups in the region.

KPJ College launched its training and education wings with a first intake of 30 students in September 1991. KPJ College is recognised as one of the best nursing and allied health sciences colleges and continues to offer programmes geared towards career-oriented education for individuals interested in providing for the health and well-being of others.

Areas of interest include programmes such as Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in MedicaI lmaging, Diploma in Pharmacy and Diploma in Physiotherapy. KPJ College guarantees excellence through a team of highly qualified and dedicated professional managers, academicians and lecturers - so that students are assured of receiving a first class global healthcare education.

The college also conducts several programmes in collaborations with reputable foreign universities for various courses namely Bachelor of Nursing, Nurses Education/Teaching, Paediatrics Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Renal Nursing, Health Management and Leadership programmes and the Operating Department Practice programme with University of South Australia, Liverpool John Moore University and Hertfordshire University.

After having seen many significant milestones charted, KPJ College continues its quest to be the recognised higher education provider in its field. KPJ College recently announced its expansion plan that paves the way for them to attain university college status by this year.

The college main campus in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan is at the top of the list to benefit from the plan where the main campus will soon house new buildings to accommodate the academic blocks, hostels, multipurpose halls and state-of-the-art facilities in order to furnish the growing academic needs and to remain competitive in the sector.

The KPJ College executive director Haji Yusof Ismail expressed that the college is serious about the future of nursing and health sciences studies.

"Yes, we initiated the diploma in nursing and are the first nursing college to be accredited by the government, so we are committed to keep up to the excellence that we have been associated with." He said that the expansion plan would also enhance the teaching and learning environment by providing extensive leading-edge facilities while enhancing the college’s image.

"Our new facilities will include an eightstorey academic block that could accommodate over 2,000 staff and students," added Haji Yusof. He also added a nursing skill lab, pharmacy lab, and a medical imaging skills lab to the list of phase one expansion.

The phase two of the expansion trail will include an II-storey hostel block that could accommodate over 2,200 students complete with students’ lounge with wireless network connection throughout.

In addition, there will be two more hostel blocks, three academic blocks, a multipurpose hail and modern sports complex.

"At this stage, the number of students is expected to increase to 5,000 from the current 2,000 students and we hope that these commitments will enable us to attract over 10,000 students upon the completion of our expansion plan in 2015," said Haji Yusof.

According to him, there are several undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate study programmes in the fields of nursing, pharmacy, medical imaging and physiotherapy in the pipeline as part of the serious effort to achieve KPJ’s aspiration to attain university college status.

If we are going to open our doors to international students, we should be able to meet international standards in all aspects." The college’s next step is to affiliate itself to renowned education institutions, especially with global education players for excellent healthcare education. "While we have the academic strength to produce excellent graduates, we also need to expose them to different hospital environments and thus establish integration between theoretical knowledge and practical training," stressed Haji Yusof.

KPJ College has also been producing top quality students in the last decade thanks to this balanced curriculum.

"We provide practical training every semester and we have dedicated staff who attend solely to our students’ training needs. They will graduate with 50 percent of their three-year programme spent at the hospital. Ideally, our students should have the experience of working in four or five hospitals within the three years of their diploma programme," added Haji Yusof.

A KPJ College graduate’s skills are indeed enhanced by the practical exposure received at the KPJ Hospital network nationwide.

To date, the KPJ Healthcare Berhad Group has 20 hospitals under its chain nationwide and will have four others by next year.

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