Full Time and Part Time Nursing Courses: Which is better for you?
Nurses around the globe have become pillars in the world of the healthcare sector. They provide much-needed care for patients before and after they see the doctor. Despite the fact that most people consider the roles nurses play as insignificant or unimportant, research shows, in fact, that mortality rates go up when hospitals are understaffed with nurses.
In order to become a nurse, there are some certification programmes a person can take. Some of these programmes include nursing diplomas, nursing Bachelor’s degree programmes, nursing graduate degree programmes and so on. These certification programmes can either be full time or part time programmes.
Many part-time programmes are tailored for licensed vocational or practical nurses who want to further their training. These programmes are available at various levels like associate, bachelors, masters, and postgraduate levels. Part-time programmes aren’t only for nurses, however. Anyone seeking to get training as a nurse can apply for a part-time programme. These programmes allow participants to work and study at the same time by scheduling classes at nights and on weekends for participants.
Due to the fact that the courses in a part-time programme can only be taken on certain days, they take more time to complete than full-time programmes. Depending on the particular institution, a part-time course might cost more or less than a full time one. However, because of the opportunity to work and go to school at the same time, it is easier to offset the cost of tuition in a part-time programme. Moreover, part-time programmes offer considerably more flexibility than full-time programmes.
Full-time programmes, by contrast, offer the advantage of finishing up a degree in less time than a part-time programme. Where a part-time programme might take 4 to 5 years, a full-time programme usually takes a maximum of two years.
In Malaysia, there are colleges offering various nursing degrees for various programmes, such as Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College. One such programme is the nursing diploma programme. Nursing diploma programmes are (depending on the institution) one to three-year programmes that prepare students for entry-level positions into nursing positions. Nursing diploma programmes offer paths into nursing jobs, or further, more advanced nursing education.
Generally, the nursing programme in Malaysia is a three-year long programme offered at the nursing college of various universities. In order to get into a nursing programme at any nursing college in Malaysia, you need to have the entry-level requirements of that particular institution.
For a nursing diploma programme, you usually just need to have an SPM (O level equivalent) certificate with a minimum of 5 credits including Mathematics, English, Bahasa Melayu, and a science subject.
For a nursing degree, the requirements are much broader. Typically a nursing college will require – in addition to the SPM – the completion of a pre-university or foundation Scarce, a minimum of a 2.5 CGPA in the STPM (Malaysian Higher School Certificate), a band five MUET or IELTS score. In place of the STPM, nursing colleges also accept the Australian Matriculation (minimum of 60), Canadian Pre-University (a minimum of 60%), or a Foundation in Science (minimum CGPA of 3.0). Typically the nursing degree programme is about four years long and offers opportunities – like the nursing diploma – for nursing jobs or further nursing education upon completion.
There are also Postgraduate programmes for nursing in Malaysia. These programmes are designed for nurses who wish to further specialize in their area of nursing. Typically, these programmes can be completed in 2 to 2.5 years. For more detailed information regarding nursing courses and programmes, visit www.ramsaysimedarbycollege.edu.my to find out more.