The Tun Tan Cheng Lock School of Nursing was established by the Franciscan Missionary of Mary (FMM) in 1961 with the objective of providing the finest nursing education in Malaysia that incorporates all aspects of professional healthcare as well as human values, such as the spirit of community, caring for others, tolerance and compassion.
The College has obtained 100% passes in all the Nursing Board Examination. Its graduates are sought after locally and in the international market. All graduates are successfully being employed.
The College received the inaugural Excellent College Award (Emerald Award) from the Malaysian Nursing Board on 6 October 2012 for excellent nursing education for the past 50 years.
In 1967, the School was officially opened by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.
In 1992, Diploma in Nursing programme was implemented.
In 1995, the School was upgraded to College status by the Ministry of Education.
The College started its first twinning collaboration with Victoria University of Technology VUT), Melbourne, Australia for Degree in Nursing. The successful candidates were awarded the Bachelor of Health Science - Nursing (post registration). The program was discontinued in 2001 by VUT when LAN came into force.
In 1997, the College was registered as 'Private Higher Educational Institution' (PHEI).
In 2001, the Ministry of Health appointed the College to train their nurses. Two groups of students were successfully trained and sponsored by the Ministry.
In 2005, The College was accredited by the National Accreditation Board now known as Malaysian Qualifications
Agency (MQA) and reaccredited till 2015.
In 2007, another effort was made to initiate collaboration with University of Sydney which fell through as they could not meet the Nursing Board requirement of an Honours award.
In 2011, to meet the challenges of critical care nursing, the College embarked on its first post basic programme in intensive care nursing. The course is accredited by MQA.