The Master’s program includes lectures and practicum distributed between basic and specialized courses.In addition to these authentic courses, the Master’s program offers courses that correspond to the educational requirements for Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the fields of community health nursing, pediatric nursing, oncology nursing and gerontological nursing. The basic course provides a wide view and covers extensive knowledge that constitutes a standard academic basis for further graduate studies, while promoting humane nursing and nurture capabilities at the same time. The students are expected to successfully complete Master’s graduate thesis.
The students, according to his or her field of specialization, are extensively guided by the faculty staffs in one of these areas. The Doctoral program encourages the students to conduct research work with originality and scientific significance, in which, for example, a specific nursing care program is scientifically evaluated.
Students learn the basic theories and methodology for academic approaches that range from designing to the proving the efficacy of tools and facilities, a caring environment, and nursing methods, so that local residents who receive care, as well as their caregivers, may enjoy renewed vitality while being effectively supported. The students also acquire research capabilities to design more effective nursing practices.
Courses are built around lectures, seminars, and practicums targeted at community health nursing, community mental health nursing, and health science. Students learn the theories and methodology to deliver congruent care services to assist care recipients in their daily lives in the community. The students are expected to acquire skills-such as in methods to provide comprehensive health care services-to develop community care systems.
In this program, students learn how to develop solutions to any administrative problems that could happen in nursing and how to adapt the quality of nursing to the rapidly changing medical systems and patient needs. Our goal is to prepare nurses with the leadership and management skills necessary to accomplish the goals of a nursing team. Courses and practicums required for eligibility for the Certified Nursing Administrator (CNA) examination are included in this program.
Students acquire professional knowledge and research methodology of women’s holistic health care, focusing on the distinct stages of their lives including adolescence, the reproductive period, and menopause. They gain extensive knowledge and high quality skills of midwifery care in safe delivery, breastfeeding and in dealing with gynecological needs of women. They also study women’s health support systems in the community.
Child and Family Health Nursing
The program, consistent with that required for Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS), provides lectures and practicum enabling students to acquire essential knowledge and skills for the mental and physical care of children and their parents. They include, in addition to pediatric nursing, fundamental theories in the field and a comprehensive understanding of healthy childhood development, as well as causes and prevention of its derangements. In particular, the program produces personnel capable of extending professional care and education to abused children as well as counseling support and education for their parents, who need help with child-rearing anxiety or compulsive child abuse. They also develop skills for preventing these contemporary problems in collaboration with other disciplines.
This area of nursing focuses on the nursing of patients who suffer from cancer or other chronic diseases and dysfunctions, as well as their families. Students learn theories that are needed to understand the patients and their families and acquire professional knowledge concerning the pathophysiology of cancer and other chronic diseases. They also study methods such as continued or palliative care of patients and their families.
Students further their understanding of the aged and master activities based on highly sophisticated knowledge and judgment, which are founded on “successful aging”. They also master practice and research ability that will contribute to the development of a self-care capability of the aged and an improved quality of life for these patients and their families.
Home Care Nursing
With a focus on the care of babies to elderly patients undergoing treatment in their home environment, students acquire the knowledge and theory for providing care to patients and their families for the purpose of improving quality of life (QOL) and for maintaining the life they desire to live. In addition, students also learn about in-home care systems and care management, about the state of coordination and cooperation with health, medicine and welfare-related roles, and about continuous nursing care in the home. On the basis of these studies, we aim to foster nursing-related research abilities for improved quality in home nursing and home care.
Community Health/Nursing Design Science
In this field, we aim to foster Nursing Scientists who can design and develop care for individuals at any level – care that stresses the totality of the individuals living their lives. Studies in this field include: the design of medical treatment environments and lifestyle equipment/facilities for improving the vitality of patients and supporting their lifestyles; the design of care programs; the design and management of environments for providing care, the social design of health, medical and welfare systems for primordial to tertiary prevention; and the design of underlying nursing theories. In order to effectively and scientifically progress with these aims, the focus must be placed on integrating the interdisciplinary approaches of human, social and natural sciences with the greater specialization of nursing studies, and clarifying the essence of nursing-related phenomena and the principles underlying nursing practice.
Practical Nursing Science
In this field, we build on the field of the Master’s course of ‘Practical Nursing’ which aims to foster individuals with advanced research abilities and practical skills, aiming to foster nursing scientists who can construct a science of nursing which is the base for specialized practical nursing compatible with the characteristics of the patient and the environment. For that purpose, students explore nursing scientifically, by looking at complex health and societal issues that straddle health, medicine and welfare, and developing and testing care programs suitable for the lifestyles of patients and their families and appropriate to the living environment (from home to institution environments).