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Nursing is a unique profession, now more broadly defined as both an art and a science. In today’s challenging healthcare environment, the qualified, professional nurse combines knowledge (theory), skill (practice), creativity and intuition to tend the sick, comfort the grieving and support the desolate.

Nursing Degree

Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
For registered nurses with Diploma in Nursing

Nursing is a specialised profession that focuses on caring, nurturing, educating and research within the healthcare system. Those who are willing to learn, who possess leadership qualities and have a strong desire to care for and improve the quality of life of the sick should consider pursuing a course of study in Nursing. The nursing degree at IMU aims to produce knowledgeable, skilled nurses with clear critical thinking skills who are caring, assertive, motivated and well-disciplined.

This programme aims to enhance the graduate practitioner with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude required of a professional nurse practitioner in playing a variety of roles within various healthcare settings and community. It recognises the importance of the student as an adult learner who can draw on his / her work experiences, through the reflective learning scenarios integrated in the curriculum of this programme.

The reflective learning processes will lead to the development of a caring IMU graduate nurse. This programme is also designed to further strengthen other important skills including decision-making, interpersonal and teamwork as well as self-directed learning. In general, the programme covers the aspect of basic medical sciences, behavioural sciences, nursing sciences, clinical placement and research. Some courses within the programme can be considered for credit transfer as permitted by the Malaysian Nursing Board (MNB), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the university’s guidelines based on case-by-case basis.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) programme via the ODL mode is only offered for registered nurses with Diploma in Nursing.

Key Facts


  • Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)


  • February and September

total duration

  • 3.5 years* to 5 years (part-time)

*With credit exemption. Subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition Fees

RM10,915** per year
(Malaysian & International)

** All tuition and ancillary fees are subject to annual increases, currency exchange rates, and exclusive of levy and bridging fees (if any).

Why Study Nursing at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from a variety of healthcare fields.

This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s Nursing curriculum has been developed and delivered by well-qualified and experienced faculty to meet high international standards and global needs.

Better Preparation for Patient Care

With clinical exposure in both private and public hospitals and agencies, graduates are better prepared to deliver safe and effective care to the community in a variety of healthcare agencies.

Opportunities to Work Overseas

With a high demand for nurses worldwide, graduates of our Nursing programme would have an advantage in finding a job once they are registered with the Nursing Board Malaysia.

Offered as a Part-time Programme Through ODL Mode

IMU open and distance learning programme can help working registered nurses who are unable to attend campus-based or full-time courses to realise their educational aspirations. With the open and distance learning programme, students can pursue and complete their desired courses from anywhere.

About Open and Distance Learning (ODL)

What is ODL?

Open and distance learning provides working professionals an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career. As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with over 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, IMU offers a few postgraduate programmes via this learning mode with students having the opportunity to benefit from all the teaching and support that the University has to offer.


Designed especially for students with employment, family or other commitments, this mode of learning provides flexibility and convenience for the student to schedule their studies around these obligations and around their lifestyle – allowing a student to plan and pace their own learning at a time and learning environment that is most suitable for the student. It also saves students from spending time travelling to the university, the costs of travelling to the university and the costs of staying near the university.


Teaching methods include a series of annotated lectures supplemented by videos. For each subject taken, students will be part of a student online community. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress.

In order to do this, students will be required to have a desktop/laptop, internet connection, a headset and webcam to participate in online tutorials and other group activities, access to standard office software – such as Microsoft Word and Excel, plus any standard browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox and Skype for certain online sessions.


Time will be an ODL student’s most important commitment – understanding, working through and reflecting on all teaching materials. The hours spent per week on their studies for the duration of the programme depends on module taken.


ODL students are fully registered student of the University with all of the support and services available to them, the same as the on-campus students. Technical support will also be provided if students have difficulty in accessing the e-learning platform.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

Semester 1 Semester 2 Short Semester 1
  • *Fundamentals of Nursing I
  • *Fundamentals of Nursing II
  • *Clinical Practice I
  • *Clinical Practice II
  • *Clinical Practice III
  • *Communication & Counselling for Nurses
  • *Clinical Practice VII
  • *Clinical Practice VIII
Semester 3 Semester 4 Short Semester 2
  • *Clinical Practice IV
  • *Clinical Practice V
  • *Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Sociology & Psychology in Nursing
  • Immunology and Communicable Diseases in Nursing
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Ethics and Law in Nursing
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Biochemistry for Nurses
Semester 5 Semester 6 Short Semester 3
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Haematology
  • MPU2: Academic Writing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Respiratory
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Cardiovascular
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Eye and ENT
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Endocrine
  • MPU3: Work life Balance
Semester 7 Semester 8 Short Semester 4
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Renal
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Neurology
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Musculoskeletal
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Integumentary
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • MPU1: Philosophy and Current Issues
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Emergency and Trauma
Semester 9 Semester 10 Short Semester 5
  • Research Methodology & Statistic
  • Research Project I
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Elective Nursing I
  • Epidemiology
  • Management and Leadership in Nursing
  • Elective Nursing II (Entrepreneurship)
  • Clinical Practice VI (Elective Nursing I)
  • MPU1 Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban
  • MPU 4 Social Responsibility
  • Research project II
  • The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.
  • The MPU courses are compulsory modules imposed by Ministry of Higher Education under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act 555).
  • *Credit transfer of Core Sciences subjects is allowed for graduates of Diploma in Nursing, with a maximum of 30% of total graduating credits. This is based on case-by-case basis as permitted by Malaysian Nursing Board (MNB), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the university’s guidelines. All students must pass the required courses to fulfil the graduating credits as prerequisite for the award of the degree.

Entry Requirement


Malaysian Student International Student

i. Pass Diploma in Nursing from a recognised institution by Malaysian Nursing Board (MNB).

ii. Minimum TWO (2) years clinical working experiences.

iii. Possess current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) for nurses from MNB.

i. Pass Diploma in Nursing and Registered with the Nursing Council of the country of origin.

ii. Minimum TWO (2) years clinical working experiences.

iii. Possess Temporary Practicing Certificate (TPC) for nurses from MNB.


Please note that achieving the minimum Entry requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • All students who are applying for the NHEF loans are required to pay their semester fees in FULL by the due date stated in the invoice.
  • The fees quoted for partner universities are current estimates only
  • Student must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees
  • All tuition and ancillary fees are subject to annual increases, currency exchange rates, and exclusive of levy and bridging fees (if any).
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students are required to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM2,500 AND personal bond (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • * Overseas fees are indicative and subject to annual increase and currency exchange rate. Fees are exclusive of levy and bridging fee.
  • ** Available to nursing diploma holders with a minimum of 2 years of working experience.
    – ODL stands for open and distance learning
    *** Tuition fee for Semester 1 to Semester 3 is RM11,000 in total. Subject to terms and conditions.
  • Exchange Rate as of November 2022:
    – Australia A$1 = RM3.10
    – Canada C$1 = RM3.30
    – China RMB1 = RM0.65
    – Ireland €1 = RM4.70
    – New Zealand NZ$1 = RM2.80
    – United Kingdom £1 = RM5.50
    – United States of America US$1 = RM4.50

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Total Duration (years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (ODL mode) ** 5 5 10 long semesters 4,660 10,915
5 short semesters 1,595
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (ODL mode) **
After credit exemption ***
7 long semesters 4,660 10,915
4 short semesters 1,595

International Student

Total Duration (years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (ODL mode) ** 5 5 10 long semesters 4,660 10,915
5 short semesters 1,595
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (ODL mode) **
After credit exemption ***
7 long semesters 4,660 10,915
4 short semesters 1,595
  • A bursary of RM16,000 is available for eligible students of the nursing programme. Bursaries are granted at the University’s sole discretion and decisions are final.

Industrial Partners

The curriculum structure is constantly updated to meet the ever-changing industries’ needs and includes research-led teaching to deliver evidence-based knowledge and practice in the industry. Students will have the opportunity to undergo industrial training in the related sectors in their final semester. They will also be able to collaborate with industry or/and researcher in related project in their final year. The organisations involved in these internships are:


What is the structure of the programme?

  • Structure of the programme is available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What are the key features of the programme?

  • Strong foundations in basic medical sciences and nursing practice
  • Concept of caring, the essence of nursing
  • Communication and interpersonal skills integrated through the 4-year programme
  • Holistic nursing care based on problem-oriented process in relation to patient’s responses and coping with changes to his/her health status within their respective environment
  • Clinical experience at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre which stimulates a ward set up with complete patient units
  • Clinical experience through attachments at the private and public hospitals and posting in the community health centres
  • Development of self-directed learning skills
  • Learning through group discussion including clinical conferences, case methods, case studies, problem-based learning, role play and presentations
  • IT skills and online learning
  • The course is delivered by a combination of highly qualified professional lecturers from all related disciplines

What are the semester contents?

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students who come from a system of education in which the medium of instruction is not English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English by making their own arrangements to attend additional English Language classes before entering the IMU.

How will the programme be conducted?

There will be a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous learning. As this is an ODL programme, there will be more asynchronous learning via recorded i-lecture, online tutorial, e-forum group discussion, online quizzes etc. Asynchronous learning will be at the student’s own time while students will need to be online/live at certain times for synchronous learning and online class test or examination.

All modules are theory-based except for one. This module is Clinical Practice (posting) module in the final semester (Semester 10) for Nursing Elective 1 (4 weeks posting). There is also going to be case studies, assignments and project paper for students in this programme with the possibility of field visits as well. Students are also required to study MPU courses which are compulsory modules imposed by Ministry of Higher Education.

Will students be assigned to a particular hospital for clinical practice?

Students can choose the hospital for clinical practice. They can also choose to practise at the hospital where they are working at. They will then need to identify a local preceptor and IMU will officially appoint the preceptor.

How will the students be assessed?

Students will be assessed through their assignments, class test, modified essay question, reflective writing, research project paper, practical assessment etc.

Are there any scholarships/sponsorships?

So far there is no scholarships or sponsorships for students of this programme.

Is the certificate recognised globally?

The degree that the students will receive upon completion of this programme is Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (IMU). IMU graduates with this degree are currently working in many countries with majority of them in Singapore. For countries like Australia, UK, US, etc., these graduates will need to register with the local Nursing Board.

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You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  • Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.

We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

A Word from the Programme Director



Lecturer & Programme Director
RN, Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Nursing (IMU), BNurs (Monash), PGrad.
Diploma in Diabetes (South Wales UK), MNurs (Monash)

“Welcome to this unique, innovative and flexible nursing degree programme. IMU has designed this part-time ODL programme specifically for the needs of registered nurses like you, where you can further your study, advance your career while still working at your current workplace. The curriculum is designed in such a way that it is based on your prior learning and clinical experiences as a registered nurse. This degree programme will not only extend your clinical knowledge, but it will also improve your personal development and critical thinking skills on how to apply work experiences, extrapolate evidence-based nursing knowledge in responding to various challenges and adapting to constant changes within the healthcare delivery system. It will also allow you to foster innovations in enhancing safe nursing practice. You will be able to further develop your competency skills as a professional practitioner, researcher, role model and most importantly, as a lifelong self-directed learner in order to upgrade the standard of practice and facilitate the development of others.“

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