Undergraduate program consists of two broad areas of subjects. The courses in Liberal Arts introduce students to broader and profound understanding of human beings and their environment. In addition to lectures and practicum, we provide a unique course that enables students to plan, organize and perform an onsite practicum in the areas of their interest, with the help of professionals concerned. These composite studies, taken mainly in the first and the second years, allow them to acquire basic knowledge and skills, including those in communication and information technology. The courses in Nursing Studies are then gradually introduced, with early exposures to clinical settings in the second year, so that the students are allowed to cultivate themselves in depth while developing ever growing interest and motivation in nursing. Each academic year starts in April.
Our aim is to help our students acquire an understanding of man as a beneficiary of nursing, as well as society and environment in which they live. Accordingly, we provide courses which cover a wide range of liberal arts distributed in the following five areas: human science, social science, environment science, information technology, and international studies. They include, among others, philosophy, psychology, bioethics, health physical science, social welfare, health economics, computer literacy, and foreign languages especially English. Through studies of liberal arts students are aided in obtaining basic knowledge and skills so that they may be able to respond to advances in the fields of information technology and international activities. At the same time, they can enrich their own sense of humanity. These courses can be opted mainly in the first and the second years in the undergraduate program.
Comprehension of Life in Health and Illness
To understand life from scientific point of view is a requisite for subsequent nursing studies. Students learn the following aspects: the human body in its perfect organization of structure and function (human anatomy and physiology in health); the mechanism explaining how a life lives its healthy life (biology, biochemistry and nutrition); the mechanism explaining how health is lost (pathology and microbiology); the mechanism explaining how human beings get diseases and disorders, their pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment (internal medicine, surgery and pharmacology); how human beings reproduce and babies grow and develop, and what happens if these processes are out of order (obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics); what are mental health and its derangements (psychiatry); how human beings prevent diseases and promote health (public health and preventive medicine). Through these courses students are prepared to acquire correct and mindful understandings of human beings in health and illness, as well as acquire scientific basis for nursing procedures or skill set necessary to perform as professional nurse clinicians.
Nursing Fundamentals will introduce basic concepts and skills of nursing, such as physical assessment, fundamentals of caring patients with signs and symptoms and nursing theories. Lectures and practical training in these courses allow our students to acquire fundamental basis of nursing, which is a core of not only the subsequent studies in specialized areas of nursing, but is the base of all nursing science. Students are required to take these courses in the first and second years of their study.
Individualized Areas of Nursing
These areas are covered in the following studies: characteristics of each stage in the human life cycle, nursing response to specific nursing issues (e.g., women’s health including maternity, parental, pediatric, adult, and gerontological nursing), nursing patients while dealing with their mental health issues and problems (psychiatric and mental health nursing), nursing involving home-bound patients, their families, and the community (home care and community health nursing). The courses, consisting of lectures and practicums, are taken in the second through third years.
Advanced Studies in Nursing
These courses integrate what has been learned in the nursing curriculum, helping the students achieve the ability to utilize and develop their nursing skills. Through these courses they are also encouraged to find, pursue and analyze issues of their own interest with regard to contemporary problems of significance in health and illness. With the aid of supervising faculty members, they are allowed to develop their potential to become a future nurse researcher while they work on their graduate thesis. These courses are taken in the fourth year.
The university offers an opportunity for its students to gain a global view of nursing through a two-week seminar at a first-rate American university. The program includes: visiting medical institutions, hands-on nursing experiences, lectures given by faculty members and a chance to meet and exchange opinions with local nursing students at various levels. Students will learn about nursing as it is conducted in the United States. Home-stay experiences will give them a chance to learn about real-life American households and authentic culture. Students who take the seminar will receive credit from the university.