Although health care and social services should be considered on the same basis, in the overall comprehensive care for a patient, the Japanese government has separated them into completely different entities. As a result, nursing education is categorized under the realm of medical education, while social services come under social sciences. The School of Nursing and Social Services was opened in 1993, with the aim of educating health care professionals. The students 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. This special characteristic of our school curriculum has been an innovative force in Japan.
Although every field of Science is in the process of subdividing, the nurses in Japan are expected to offer holistic human care. At the same time, nursing has to provide much more qualified and specialized care for patients as in the past.
The School provides a program for BSN nurses, the nurses with the degree of 'Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing'. They will be clinical nurses and community care nurses. Graduates of our BSN Program are expected to give highly qualified and integrated care to people with/without diseases.
Social Work education has become established in Japan. However, the actualization of the social work service is still far from being sufficient. It is now urgently sought after professionally trained social workers to play an active role on our society.
Our curriculum aims to educate the social work specialist in the field of welfare and health care. Especially, it emphasizes the value of practicum experience and provides the students with various practicum settings.
Our educational training program includes the learning of helping people with physical and mental challenged and those who have physical and mental health problems by supporting their physical, psychological, social and/or economical struggles. Graduates of our program are employed in such as social agencies, social welfare facilities, social welfare organizations and hospitals.
In the Masters 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 began training NPs. This is the 4th institution in Japan to do so and has one of the leading educational environments in the nation.
In the Department of Clinical and Social Welfare, we consider improvement in the overall quality of life for all individuals as our prime objective. 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 students’ ability to address various challenges in creating, maintaining, and managing programs; to cooperate and coordinate with other social divisions; and to be able to aid in social welfare consultations.