School of Nursing

Foundation, Location and Development

The School of Nursing was founded in April 1996. It was the first school in Kagawa prefecture designated as a university school of nursing. The University Hospital, with 613 beds and various outpatient departments, is right on the campus where medical and nursing students practice and study together. Each year, the school enrolls 60 students and at the third year, in addition to the regular freshmen, 10 transfer students are admitted through examination. The under graduate education here is distinguished by a wide-ranging liberal arts and natural sciences curriculum shared with the Medical School faculty members and visiting scholars from other universities. The School of Nursing maintains a national presence through its programs of education practice and research. Today's practitioners of nursing must not only be competent to meet current clinical demands, but also have the attitudes and abilities in responding to future challenges. Thus, the school offers a program of studies that are designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary, to serve those aims. Nursing here means "for the people, of the people and by the people" who need help in promoting, maintaining healing, and caring for the health and illness of people in various stages of their lives.

Courses of Study as of April 1, 2012

1. Liberal Sciences and Natural Sciences

  1. Liberal Arts Education including these themes, seminars in general education, general subjects, a foreign language and a sports activity.
  2. Health Sciences including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, pharmacology, basic health science, immunology, thanatology, rehabilitation and international health.
  3. Environmental Health Sciences including microbiology, epidemiology, political issues on health and welfare, law and regulation in nursing, social welfare and social security and health statistics.

2. Nursing Courses

Nursing courses consist of 11 units, which include

  1. Health Sciences
  2. Environmental Health Science
  3. Fundamental Nursing
  4. Clinical and Health Nursing
  5. Chronic Care/Adult Nursing
  6. Gerontological Nursing
  7. Pediatric Nursing
  8. Maternity Health Nursing
  9. Community Health Nursing
  10. Home Care Nursing
  11. Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Nursing Practices based on nursing theories are introduced from the first year until the last year and implemented in each nursing course in the medical institutions and community health programs.

The total credits, which are required for graduation, are 129 credits or more as of April 1, 2012. Upon graduation, students are permitted to take the National Board Examination for Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse.

3. Objectives of Education

The aim of the Graduate School is to educate and train students to become capable researchers in medical science willing to contribute to the development of medicine and human welfare in the future. The graduate courses are organized independently from the undergraduate courses so as to cover interdisciplinary medical sciences.