You can now do it in the comfort of your home.
Allianze College of Medical Sciences (ACMS) in Kepala Batas, on mainland Penang, is the place to go.
Last month, ACMS was elevated to the Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) status.
According to AUCMS president Datuk Dr Zainuddin Wazir, earning a degree in medicine or in any allied health science fields such as nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy from AUCMS, is as good as earning a degree anywhere else.
Dr Zainuddin, who was the executive chairman of ACMS, said Malaysia is known to produce skilled workforce in the field of medicine.
For example, Malaysian nurses are in great demand in the Middle East.
"This is a clear indication that our medical and allied health sciences programmes are recognised internationally and AUCMS is committed in producing such skilled workforce," he said.
Why should students choose AUCMS for their first degree?
Dr Zainuddin said since the elevation in status, AUCMS has also strived to further improve on the quality of its education and services for its students as well as infrastructure at the university college.
He said AUCMS is in the midst of introducing new programmes which will be on par with that of other internationally-recognised universities.
Dr Zainuddin said AUCMS is awaiting the green light from the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) to kick-start some of its degree courses, possibly by the end of this year.
"We promise our students that they will have an enjoyable learning experience in AUCMS and more importantly, an experience of a lifetime."
For one, Dr Zainuddin said all its graduates in medicine and allied health sciences are easily employable.
And if students want to have some overseas exposure, AUCMS also sends its students to several countries around the globe including Ireland, Australia, Cambodia and Indonesia.
He also noted that the quality of education in unversities abroad are not always up to Malaysian standards.
"If the course is cheap, then it is questionable as the fees for medical studies only vary slightly among countries. Also, we do not want a degree from a country with questionable standards in healthcare services," he said, adding that the healthcare services in Russia, Indonesia and the Middle East, are slightly lower than Malaysia.
Dr Zainuddin said AUCMS also stands out from the other medical schools as it is owned by a group of renowned doctors.
"Students can be rest assured that they will have hands-on training."
He also stressed that AUCMS's student intake adhered to strict guidelines.
"To us, quality is more important that quantity," he said.
In AUCMS, priorities are also given in developing a holistic, wholesome and well-balanced graduates, through the introduction of various co-curriculum activities.
"It is also our aim to strive for one medical practitioner in each family. And towards this effect, we are also offering various incentives for students who choose to study here in the form of fee rebates."
Dr Zainuddin said SPM school-leavers with good grades, who intend to pursue a degree in medicine or allied health sciences, should make AUCMS their top choice.
To meet the influx of students, AUCMS is in the process of setting up 10 ACMS branches nationwide as well as several abroad such as Indonesia, India, Southern Thailand, China and Russia.
For more information, visit www.acms.edu.my
Author: By Audrey Dermawan
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