Diploma in Medical Assistant

Introduction

The Diploma in Medical Assistant is an undergraduate academic programme that aimed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to practice as a Medical Assistant or Assistant Medical Officer, as they are currently known. Upon graduating the programme, the graduates would be able to understand, diagnose, treat simple ailment, caring and curing in wellness and disease.

DMA is conducted over 3 years or 6 full semester plus 2 short semesters. The first 2 years or 4 full semesters offer a broad curriculum in the relevant scientific disciplines related to medicine. The teaching-learning activity is geared into substantially describing and discovering how the different human system work, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory etc., relating cellular and molecular to whole-body aspects of both normal and diseased states. Emphasis on communication skills, integrity and attitude are also evident by delivering subjects of English (long semester), Pengajian Malaysia and computer (in the short semester).

During the final year (semester 5 and 6), students will be placed at clinical placement in the hospital and health clinics, acquiring the basic clinical skills and care necessary for them to function when they graduated later on. Clinical placement would provide the appropriate platform for the students’ acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude pertinent to the areas of medical assistant profession.


Academic Requirement

Total Credit   
Compulsory/Core: 101 credits
Electives: none


Course Duration

Total Semester: 6 full semesters and 2 short semesters
Duration: 3 years


Intakes

Major Intake: May, November, March


Core Subject Description

Basic/Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
The subjects covered include the system of cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, genito-urinary, musculo-skeletal, gastro-intestinal tract and haemopoetic and lymphatic. Emphases are given in discovering the anatomy of the systems which are followed by discussion of its physiology or normal function. This subject forms the basis or prerequisite to progress to the subjects of Medicine and surgery, where students must be able to comprehend the pathophysiology and make a simple diagnosis.

Bioscience
Topics covered under this subject includes acid-base balance, Krebb’s Cycle and metabolism that are fundamental in understanding the basic chemistry of the body in normal health and diseases.

Medical Microbiology
Students will learn the causative organisms of some diseases, their morphology, bacterial taxonomy & nomenclature and the normal flora of the human body.

Behavioral Science
This subject covers the psychology and the behavioral patterns of the mankind, whether in health or disease, the concept of mental health and psychiatry. Basic psychiatric classification and relevant pharmaco-therapeutics will be provided to further equip students in discovering the abnormality or illness of the mind.

Medicine
This subject introduces students to the basic clinical methods of obtaining data to form diagnoses with the intention to manage patient’s ailment. At the end of the course the students will be able to perform basic history taking and elicitation of signs and symptoms which forms the basis of Medicine and Clinical courses.

Surgery
This subject allows students to comprehend and elicit a disease that needs specific surgical procedures. Students are thought the necessary skills that allow them to perform, referred to and which necessitate emergency treatment.

Nursing Science
This subject includes the practical approach in providing comfort and care for the most common health problems. At the end of the course, students should be able to analyze and use intuitive judgment to come with a nursing diagnosis and step by step intervention.

Pharmacology
This subject forms the basis of understanding on pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic of drugs interaction in the body. The students will also learn the classification of drugs, their indication and contra-indication, as well as the side effects that might be avoided. They are taught the skill in prescribing the drugs of which they were allowed to and administer them safely.

Community Health
Community health covers the concepts and principles governing community medicine and primary health care services locally and globally. Environmental health, health promotion, communicable diseases, epidemiology and health statistics will be introduces to facilitate students to understand better the current scenario and problems in healthcare services.

Disaster Management
Disaster management aims to facilitate students on how to deal and manage a disaster promptly and efficiently during a crisis. The students will be equipped with the practical skills, equipments and knowledge, and the appropriate attitude in handling such a huge responsibility.

Emergency Medicine
This subject will allow the students to acknowledge and reacts promptly to handle emergency cases and conditions. Students will be taught to recognize the various and common medical and surgical emergency situations and to initiate treatment promptly and hence reducing the risk of mortality and morbidity. The skills in this subject is crucial, as most of emergency departments of the government hospitals are currently manned by the MA’s.

Orthopaedic
This subject focus on specific musculo-skeletal conditions and trauma. As they are commonly seen in accident, which is the highest incident in our country, this subject will further enhance the knowledge and skills in delivering the care of such conditions.


Professional Recognition

  1. Lembaga Pembantu Perubatan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
  2. Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA)

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to pursue further studies ( a bachelor) in Health Studies, Health Education and any health related fields. Later on they may embark on master degree on Health and Safety, education or any health related areas in a local or foreign universities.

Government sector provides a lot of job opportunities whether in hospital, health clinics, prison, detention centers (Pusat Serenti), PLKN and old folks home. Those who have interest in education will find ample opportunities to be recruited as tutors in MA Training colleges and in any health related education programmes. Private sectors such as Petronas / Shell offshore oilrigs offers better salary scheme as well as estate plantations such as Guthrie, etc. Private specialist hospitals also created job opportunities in various units under their care.


Expected Salary

In the government sector, a diploma graduates will be offered on a U29 salary scale (support group) with a salary of RM 1,800 per month, where as the one with a degree will be promoted to U41 ( management and professional group). Salary in the private sectors usually will be more attractive, depending on experiences and qualifications - ranges from RM 2,500 – RM 3,000 for new graduates.

 



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