Although healthcare and social services should be considered on the same basis in the overall comprehensive care for a patient, they are currently split into completely different entities. As a result, nursing education is categorized under medical education, whereas social services belong to social sciences. The School of Nursing and Social Services was founded in 1993, aiming to educate healthcare professionals. The students undertaking this training experience an integration of skills in nursing as well as social services.
The School consists of 2 courses: Nursing and Social Work. A mutual exchange of courses, training, and research are unique to our School and this special characteristic of the curriculum has been an innovative force in Japan.
Nurses in Japan are expected to offer holistic human care, providing highly qualified and specialized care for patients compared with the past.
The program provided by the School is titled ‘Bachelor of Science in Nursing’. Graduates of this program will be clinical nurses and community care nurses and are expected to provide highly qualified and integrated care to the population (patients and healthy individuals).
Social Work education is well established in Japan. However, the actualization of the social work service remains suboptimal. Currently, there is an urgent requirement for professionally trained social workers to play an active role in our society. Our curriculum aims to educate the social work specialist in the fields of welfare and healthcare. In particular, it emphasizes the value of practicum experience and provides the students with various practicum opportunities.
Our educational program includes training on assisting people with physical and/or mental challenges by supporting their physical, psychological, social, and/or economical struggles. Graduates of our program are employed by social agencies, social welfare facilities and organizations, and hospitals.
In the Master’s division of Nursing training, we have created a CNS curriculum that “enhances students’ superior practical ability in a specialized nursing field and nurtures their capacity for leadership and research skills crucial in supporting practitioners.” In 2010, the University also initiated the NP training. This is the 4th institution in Japan to offer this training and has one of the leading educational environments in the country.
In the Department of Clinical and Social Work Practice, our prime objective is the improvement of the overall quality of life for all individuals. It is our goal to train highly specialized professionals who continually contribute to the overall improvement of social service areas such as health, medicine, and welfare. Through practical experience, we refine the ability of students to address various challenges in creating, maintaining, and managing programs; cooperate with other social divisions; and aid in social welfare consultations.