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School of Nursing

Promoting the Health and Well-being of People in the 21st Century
--- Preparing Nursing Professionals to Function Effectively in Multifaceted Roles---

The School of Nursing of the University of Shizuoka was founded in April 1997 as the fifth department of the University of Shizuoka. Since then, the school has been preparing nurses, public health nurses, and in 2016 marked its 20th anniversary. The school was founded at a time when the national upsurge in the establishment of schools of nursing in Japanese universities was beginning. Subsequently, the school's evolution has coincided with the development of nursing education in Japanese institutions of higher education. By preparing competent graduates in the field of nursing, public health, the school has contributed to the promotion of local public health, medical, and welfare status in Shizuoka.


April 1997School of Nursing was established (The first students to enroll in the school were 61.)
December 1997The Second Shizuoka Health and Longevity Science Forum Session III was held, which explored the theme of "Vision for Schools of Nursing in a Society of longevity"
December 1999The 19th Academic Conference of Japanese Academy of Nursing Science "Nursing, The Great Legacy of This Century and Proposals for the Future" was held at Granship, Shizuoka
March 200156 students of the 1st class graduated
The School of Nursing implemented a self-evaluation program
April 2001The Graduate School of Nursing (Master's degree program) was established
Some parts of the School of Nursing's curriculum were revised to make them consistent with the revised rules of 1997
First students with previous working experience (2 students) and transfer students (5 students) were accepted
March 20031st class (12 students) graduated from the Graduate School of Nursing
April 2004The Graduate School aligned with the Shizuoka Prefectural Cancer Center
Maximum enrollment for transfer students was increased to 10 students
October 2006The School entered into the agreement for a faculty-level international exchange program with Konken University School of Nursing in Thailand
April 2007The management of university changed from Shizuoka Prefecture to Shizuoka Prefectural University Corporation
April 2009 Revised new curricula were being implemented because of mandate educational regulation changes
April 2010Master's midwifery program started and the undergraduate program will be closed till 2011
April 2015 Oshika Campus was opened.


In the current healthcare and medical environment, nursing professionals are expected to have advanced professional knowledge and skills to perform an important role in facilitating the living of people with differing healthcare needs. As more coordination between various healthcare teams and medical welfare professionals is becoming required, nursing professionals are required not only to perform their traditional nursing roles, but also to be coordinators between patients and other professionals involved in their care.
At the School of Nursing, our educational goal is to prepare nurses who: are able to contribute to the development of nursing science by demonstrating their competencies as nursing professionals; can become the main link that connects various clinical specialists, while based on the patients' viewpoints; and can integrate the practice of nursing with research.


We are looking for students who possess the following traits:

1. Individuals who conduct deep, scientific inquiry.
Nursing is an applied science rooted in various disciplines. We are looking for individuals who can perform scientific inquiries of health-related issues with a broad range of interests.

2. Individuals with a strong sense of humanity, sincerity, and a people-oriented outlook.
Nursing is required to have sensitivity. We are looking for those who have an insight and sincerity to deal with people and the society.

3. Individuals who actively work to achieve their goals.
Nursing is a process by using creativity. We are looking for those who can learn actively to achieve one's goals.


1. Educational Philosophy
With the philosophy of respect for humanity as our foundation, our goal is to prepare nurses who: are able to respond flexibly to society's changing demands; recognize the role of the nursing profession as a member of the health care and medical team; develop the competencies required for nursing professions; and contribute to the enhancement of people's health and well-being in the community.

2. Learning Objectives
1) Building on the foundation of a dignity for life, develop the capacity to comprehensively understand humans' physical, psychological, and social existence.
2) Develop the appropriate judgment and problem solving skills based on scientific bases.
3) Master the professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for nursing, and develop the competencies to assist in dealing with individual and community health challenges.
4) Develop the ability to collaborate and coordinate with other healthcare professionals as a member of the healthcare team.
5) Cultivate the self-development capacity as a nursing professional and develop fundamental research skills so as to contribute to the development of academic nursing.
6) Cultivate an international perspective and develop the basic competencies for communicating and cooperating in the healthcare fields of the international community.

Educational Programs

1. Characteristics of Education and Composition
In all programs, the courses are classified into the liberal arts and, specialized fundamental subjects ("Understanding Mind and Body", "Understanding Healthcare and Medicine", "English Communication"), and the specialized subjects ("Fundamentals of Nursing", "Nursing Practice I", "Nursing Practice II", "Development and Pursuit of Nursing"). The programs are designed so that students will acquire an understanding of health and healthy living, learn fundamental knowledge and skills that are the basis of nursing practice, and then integrate their knowledge and skills into practice through exercises and clinical practice training. In this way, the graduates will be able to assume the role of a specialist in the nursing profession. In addition, the programs emphasize the development of research skills so that the students will be able to expand their knowledge base as professionals and contribute to the development of nursing science.
The school has a regular program in which students obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and a transfer program in which those who already have the Registered Nurse qualification are admitted as junior year students.
The maximum enrollment includes 55 students for the regular program and 10 students for the junior-year admission transfer program.

2. Qualifications after Graduation
Students will be qualified to take the National Nurse Examination and the National Public Health Nurse Examination after earning the required credits. After obtaining the Public Health Nurse license, graduates can obtain the Level 2 School Nurse license by registering with the Board of Education located in their areas of residence, and the Level 1 Health Manager license by registering with the Labor Agency in their areas of residence.
Most of our graduates are employed as nurses, public health nurses at health and medical institutions within Shizuoka Prefecture or in other prefectures. Every year, the employment rate of the graduates approaches 100%.

3. Curriculum
The curriculum is divided into the subjects that are common to all fields, including departmental fundamental subjects ("Understanding Mind and Body", "Understanding Healthcare and Medicine", "English Communication") and the specialized subjects("Fundamentals of Nursing", "Nursing Practice I", "Nursing Practice II", "Development and Pursuit of Nursing"). During the four years, students acquire the skills necessary to become experts in nursing by developing an understanding of human health and healthy living, learning the basic knowledge and techniques of nursing practice, and integrating their knowledge and skills into practice through exercises and clinical practice training.
Developing research skills is also emphasized, so that, as professionals, the students will be able to expand the basic knowledge that they acquired, and contribute to the development of new nursing knowledge.

1) Basic Education
●Liberal Arts that are common to all fields: By taking advantage of the benefits inherent in a university, students can acquire the multi-disciplinary knowledge base that is required to succeed.
●Department fundamental subjects: It is the role of nursing to promote a normal social life for all people, regardless of whether they are healthy or suffer from disease or disability. Students will learn the basic knowledge necessary to provide both mental and social care.
①Understanding Mind and Body: Students will acquire basic information about life and health, basic medical knowledge regarding the human body, symptoms, and diseases, as well as an understanding of the human mind and behavior.
②Understanding Healthcare and Medicine: Students will learn basic information about the mechanisms and systems of public health, medicine, and welfare that are necessary for healthy living.
③English Communication: English language education is offered to help students develop an international perspective.

2) Nursing Specialized Education
①Fundamentals of Nursing: Students acquire basic knowledge of nursing and nursing theories.
②Nursing PracticeⅠ:
・Fundamental of Nursing: Students acquire basic knowledge and skills to provide nursing care.
・Adult Nursing: Students will learn how to care for adult patients with diseases during their daily activities and treatments.  
・Geriatric Nursing: Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required to care for the elderly.  
・Pediatric Nursing: Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills related to children's growth and development, as well as caring for sick children and their families.
・Maternity Nursing: Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required to care for mothers and their babies, and life-long women's health.
・Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing : Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required to care for patients with mental health problems and their families. 
・In-home Nursing: Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required to care for patients who need in-home nursing care and their families. 
・Community Nursing: Students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required to support people in the community so that they can live healthy lives.



Close Cooperation with Practical Training Facilities

After attending lectures and participating in exercises at the university, students are provided with the opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired to actual patients and clinical practice situations in health care facilities. In this way they acquire the specialized knowledge and skills, as well as the support techniques necessary, to function as a nursing professional. This clinical practice training accounts for 26 credits throughout the 4 years of study.
Practical nursing training is implemented in cooperation with public health medical facilities in various parts of Shizuoka Prefecture. In our school, this training is a crucial part of an effective educational process. Various methods are employed to closely coordinate this cooperation. Actual clinical practice training is carried out through the cooperation of both our faculty members and clinical practice training instructors. Since practical training is greatly affected by the quality of the cooperation between the school and the practical training settings, the school strives to ensure appropriate information exchange through various opportunities in addition to clinical practice training. Thus, the instructors are invited to participate in the university's educational activities, or to collaborate in research. In this way, our desire to strengthen mutual cooperation is highlighted.

The link between the school and resources in the community

The school considers that collaboration with relevant facilities (specialized community health care, medical facilities, and welfare organizations), nursing professions, and other healthcare professions, as well as community residents and other community organizations, is essential. The interaction with them is promoted in a variety of ways, and a very close relationship with these entities is maintained.
1. Public seminars for the general public in the community are sponsored by the school or municipalities.
2. Public seminars for nursing professionals are sponsored by the school.
3. Seminars and training classes are sponsored by community facilities and specialized organizations.
4. Assistance for patient support groups is provided.
5. Seminars to interested groups are provided by individual faculty members of the school.

International Exchange

Our educational goals include training nurses who can respond to and promote internationalization. Since its beginning, the school has emphasized language training.
1. Special lectures are given by invited speakers from abroad.
2. Briefings are given by faculty members who have studied abroad.
3. Reports are provided of academic conferences and seminars that are held abroad.
4. Faculty members participate in academic exchanges with researchers abroad.
5. A faculty level international exchange program has been established with Konken University in Thailand.



School of Nursing Alumni Association and Networking

The School of Nursing of The University of Shizuoka Alumni Association was established in 2003. The Alumni Association is composed of the school's alumni and associate members (faculty and graduate school students). In 2005, the first publication of "The University of Shizuoka School of Nursing Alumni Association Newsletter" was published. As the graduates progress in their chosen professional fields, the support system and network are gradually expanding.