Graduate School

Educational Purpose

In a region where depopulation, aging, and a declining birthrate are ongoing, we aim to develop nursing professionals proactively and creatively involved with the diverse nursing needs of the community. The graduate school seeks to nurture nurses rooted in the local community working to improve the field of nursing science through research and taking action in the health support of all people.

Educational Purpose

Our postgraduate programs aim to expand students’ expertise in both fundamental and applied theories of nursing for improved nursing care. These programs also aim to develop professionals capable of effectively supporting the health of others, expanding the scope of nursing, and contributing to the development of nursing through practice and research.

The postgraduate programs consist of a two-year Master’s Program and a three-year Doctoral Program, with research areas and major areas of study in general subjects (including research, management, and ethics), nursing fundamentals (including nursing education, infection control, and health promotion), and applied nursing (including maternity nursing & midwifery, regional & psychiatric nursing, and public health nursing).

Master’s Overview

Admission Policy

The Graduate School seeks students possessing the following qualities, abilities, and motivations:

  1. The will to acquire the research capacity to connect issues in nursing practice to the qualitative improvement of nursing;
  2. A broad foundation of academic ability, as well as basic knowledge in the desired field of study;
  3. The intention to develop their own specialized nursing knowledge, practical skills, and research abilities;
  4. An awareness that nursing competency is cultivated by and an intention to contribute to society.

Curriculum Policy

Our graduate school aims to train nursing professionals capable of taking action effective for supporting the health of individuals, while pursuing a deeper understanding and wider reach of nursing science in order to invigorate community-based nursing and improve nursing through innovation.

The curriculum is organized as follows:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing to enhance the ability to both theoretically and practically develop the specialization of nursing professionals in the areas of health, medical care, and welfare in an aging society;
  • Applied Nursing to improve the ability to be a leading nursing professional by grasping and analyzing the structure of diverse issues in nursing practice;
  • General Subjects relating to specialized subjects in order to solidify a foundation of education and research, as well as widen perspectives;
  • Special Research for the composition of a Master’s Thesis in a specific area and according to procedural guidelines under the regular guidance of an academic advisor;
  • An overall course of study within which guidance from multiple faculty members is possible.

Diploma Policy

Those who have finished the required 30 or more credits within the allotted time, and have received the necessary research guidance, in addition to successfully passing a thesis defense, will be certified for completion of the Master’s course.

Those receiving a degree will have demonstrated the following abilities:

  • The logical skill to scientifically analyze complex nursing phenomena related to nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing administration;
  • The ability to develop and take action useful for the health support of individuals, while pursuing specialization as a nursing professional.

Course Overview

In the Master’s Program, courses are divided into Fundamental and Applied Nursing Fields.

Fundamentals of Nursing

Courses to further pursue the scientific basis of practical nursing ability acquired in undergraduate nursing education, strengthen a practical foundation, and develop nursing professionals to play a leading role:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing to train nursing professionals able to develop skills useful for solving nursing issues through a deepening of theoretical foundations and methodologies for providing care to meet the needs of individuals;
  • Nursing Education Methodology to develop educational and instructional abilities for the improvement of nursing practice;
  • Infection Control Nursing to deepen knowledge and skills from the viewpoint of infection control as a basis for protecting the safety of both self and others as a nurse;
  • Health Promotion Nursing aimed at a rooted nursing practice maintaining and improving health by focusing on the relationship between people and the environment.

Applied Nursing

A course of study investigating important issues for improving the quality of nursing practice:

  • Mother & Child Nursing and Midwifery to pursue nursing and midwifery for the healthy birth and upbringing of children based upon the family, which is essential for healthy human development;
  • Adult Nursing and Gerontological Nursing to support patients and families by focusing on social independence to maximize individuals’ vitality while living with health issues;
  • Community Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing to perform nursing’s particular function in the development of a healthy society, home care support, and mental health support for supporting the independence of individuals;
  • Public Health Nursing for health problems related to individuals, families, and groups in order to understand health needs and conduct health promotion methodologies, implementation, and evaluation.

Master’s Coursework

Master’s Program

Master's Program

Coursework

Fundamentals of Nursing

  • Advanced Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Training
  • Advanced Nursing Education Methodology
  • Nursing Education Methodology Training
  • Advanced Infection Control Nursing
  • Infection Control Nursing Training
  • Advanced Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion Training
  • Advanced Research in Fundamentals of Nursing

Applied Nursing

  • Advanced Maternity Nursing & Midwifery
  • Maternity Nursing & Midwifery Training
  • Advanced Pediatric Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing Training
  • Advanced Adult Nursing
  • Adult Nursing Training
  • Advanced Gerontological Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing Training
  • Advanced Regional & Psychiatric Nursing
  • Regional & Psychiatric Nursing Training
  • Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Public Health Nursing Training
  • Advanced Research in Applied Nursing

General Subjects

  • Nursing Research Methodology
  • Nursing Management
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Advanced Nutrition Science
  • Natural Science History
  • Advanced Epidemiology & Health Statistics
  • Advanced Health Behavior Science
  • Advanced Information Science
  • Advanced Environmental & Life Science
  • Advanced Health & Sports
  • Special English Seminar
  • Japanese Communication
  • Social Security System Theory

Doctoral Overview

Admission Policy

The Graduate School seeks students in possession of the following qualities, abilities, and motivations:

  1. The will to examine issues in one’s own nursing practice and investigate them from a social perspective;
  2. The ability to discern the structure of a research project, to collect data, and to perform analysis;
  3. A desire to contribute both to the development of nursing science and the local community.

Curriculum Policy

Our graduate school aims to train nursing professionals capable of taking action effective for supporting the health of individuals, while pursuing a deeper understanding and wider reach of nursing science in order to invigorate community-based nursing and improve nursing through innovation.

The curriculum is organized as follows:

  • Elective courses in Fundamentals of Nursing Science and Applied Nursing Science which build upon the nursing perspective and research methodology acquired in the Master’s Program for students to focus on nursing issues in light of the current stage of nursing development;
  • General subjects to secure an academic level of nursing science research;
  • Special Research, in which, through the guidance of multiple faculty members in scrutinizing the breadth and depth to which the research plan can contribute to nursing science, experience can be gained by participating in a research group of academic advisors.

Diploma Policy

Those who have finished the required 10 or more credits within the allotted time, and have received the necessary research guidance, in addition to successfully passing a dissertation defense, will be certified for completion of the Doctoral Program.

Those receiving a degree will have demonstrated the following abilities:

  • The acquisition, through the Doctoral Program, of research abilities as independent researchers and educators capable of training nursing professionals;
  • The skills to independently discover issues in their respective specializations, explore prior research, develop a research plan closely related to practice for the development of the field, and carry out empirical research toward solving the health problems of individuals.

Course Overview

In the Doctoral Program, courses are divided into Fundamental and Applied Nursing Fields.

Fundamentals of Nursing

Under the premise of investigating the internal structure of the fundamentals of nursing, in order to meet the social demands of the day, we implement education and research related to nursing fundamentals for issues unable to be solved through current understanding and technology alone with the aim of developing novel approaches. As a guiding nursing theory, we seek to define a representational theory useful for analyzing the structure of real-world issues based on abstract, essential concepts with the aim of further stepwise systemization. We will also investigate the scientific basis of sound skills empirically acquired in practice, teach the analytical methodology for developing such skills for universal applicability, and develop teaching methods for improving skill acquisition in fundamental nursing education. Moreover, alongside education and research for the purpose of advancing the nursing specialization of infection control, we aim to cultivate nursing practice grounded in the maintenance and promotion of health.

Applied Nursing

In applied nursing, we carry out research and education to develop nursing practice which responds to the various nursing needs resulting from rapid changes in social conditions, as well as the unique needs of individuals.

For the purpose of supporting the continuity of life, applied nursing aims to develop support programs:

  • Responding to regional characteristics and culture;
  • Targeting the issues of individuals and families resulting from health disorders and anxiety concerning childcare and child abuse stemming from a declining birthrate and increase in nuclear families;
  • Utilizing a perspective of nursing expertise to realize methods for aiding the adjustment of the lives of patients receiving medical treatment;
  • Striving to meet the fundamental needs of human sexuality and reproduction through the development of objective instruments to grasp the target individual;
  • Working on the development of advanced perinatal medical care and midwifery technique.

In addition, we will undertake the development of methods for the construction of home care systems and community care systems for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life of individuals in the community.

Doctoral Coursework

Doctoral Program

Master's Program

Coursework

Fundamentals of Nursing

  • Specialized Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Development of Nursing Education Methodology
  • Specialized Infection Control Nursing
  • Specialized Health Promotion
  • Specialized Research in Fundamentals of Nursing

Applied Nursing

  • Specialized Maternity Nursing & Midwifery
  • Specialized Adult & Gerontological Nursing
  • Specialized Public Health Nursing
  • Specialized Research in Applied Nursing

General Subjects

  • Life Science Research Methodology
  • Social Science Research Methodology
  • Academic Writing