Department of Nursing

Protecting people’s health
Department of Nursing

Aiming to develop nurses with a rich sense of humanity –

The educational goal of the Department of Nursing is to develop nurses who provide nursing care using specialized nursing skills and expertise while respecting people’s independence and privacy, who are capable of nursing people at all levels of health based on scientific judgment and creative thinking, and who are capable of contributing to the development and internationalization of nursing.

  • Degree awarded on graduation: Bachelor’s Degree (Nursing)
  • Qualifications of candidacy for national examination obtained on graduation: Nurse, Public Health Nurse1
    1: Starting with students admitted in April 2011, Public Health Nurse Education became an elective course.
    [Public Health Nursing Elective Course] (PDF in Japanese)
  • Qualifications available through application after passing the National Public Health Nurse Examination: School Nurse Teacher (Second-Class License),2 Health Supervisor (First-Class License)
    2: Restricted to students who have earned a prescribed number of credits
  • National examination pass rate (FY2014): National Nursing Examination (97.4%), National Public Health Nursing Examination (100%)
Shinya Saito

Shinya Saito
Head of the Department of Nursing

Live your youth to the fullest

The expectations society places on nurses are growing. Underpinning this is an increase in Japan’s elderly population, but it is mostly due to recognition of the large roles played by nurses in the quality of medical care.
To produce graduate nurses who can meet these societal expectations, the Department of Nursing provides classes for students to gain specialist nursing and medical knowledge. In addition, a strength of our non-specialist university is that we provide classes fostering a rich sense of humanity, delivered by teaching staff from other faculties and departments. Hospital nursing practice is mostly provided at Okayama University Hospital, which is located on campus.
In this way, the Department of Nursing boasts an education environment which is a source of pride for us. To become a nurse equipped with specialist knowledge and a rich sense of humanity, choose the Department of Nursing for your studies.


Five abilities needed for health and medical care

There are three kinds of nationally qualified nursing specialists in Japan: nurses, public health nurses and midwives. They are actively serving in a wide range of workplaces, such as healthcare sites and communities both in Japan and overseas. The roles performed by nurses in medical teams have become increasingly important, so moves to incorporate nursing education into universities are being stepped up. Accordingly, the Department of Nursing is strengthening education for students to acquire the following five abilities.

A good education for medical service, rich in humanity

At the Tsushima Campus, students acquire sensitivity for practicing healthcare rich in culture, with a broad perspective, originality and humanity, primarily through taking humanities courses, but also through interacting with others.

On-campus exercise (measuring blood pressure)

On-campus exercise (measuring blood pressure)

Nursing practice (transferring patient in wheelchair)

Nursing practice (transferring patient in wheelchair)


Expertise for promoting the health of all people

In specialized nursing subjects, students learn about nursing aimed at gaining a complete understanding of people at varying levels of health, and getting them to their optimal state of health. Through practical training conducted at healthcare facilities in Okayama Prefecture, students learn about understanding people based on a broad perspective and ethical standards.

Ability to communicate information to meet health needs

Common subjects taught at the medical faculties include Team Medical Treatment, Counseling, Medical Economics, Disaster Crisis Management Theory, Volunteer Practice, and Emergency Lifesaving Medical Treatment. Students develop the ability to communicate information by proactively studying about medical care needs.

Ability to act as a leader in medicine and health

At the Shikata Campus, nursing students receive inspiration by interacting with students from the Medical School, Dental School and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and with staff at the Okayama University Hospital, and can be role models themselves. By interacting with diverse medical teams, students acquire communication skills, leadership and the ability to take action.

Ability for self-realization to maintain a healthy life

hrough four years of university study, students acquire a rich sense of humanity and culture as trusted medical professionals. Students develop abilities for self-management and self-realization based on introspective practice during the course of their careers.

Philosophy of the Department of Nursing

  1. The goal of nursing is for all people—not just people with disease—to achieve a better quality of life through nursing care.
  2. Nurses work in a wide range of settings—hospitals, clinics, communities, corporations, schools—and provide practical nursing care to people at all levels of health.
  3. Nurses function as members of a care team comprised of health, medicine and welfare professionals.
  4. In particular, nursing requires a deep understanding of people, as well as professional skills and expertise, and competence in psychology, social sciences and life skills.
  5. Nursing requires setting goals based on a problem-solving, forward-thinking or creative-thinking approach, and the ability to think logically in the plan-do-check process.
  6. Nurses need to be able to act with an international perspective, not just a domestic perspective.

In developing and implementing our curriculum of lectures, seminars and practical training, the Department of Nursing exercises a wealth of ingenuity, taking the above philosophy into consideration, and sharing the faculty’s common philosophies of respect for human dignity and spirit of health promotion. The Department is committed to creating an even better learning environment by also incorporating the views of students into the curriculum.

Faculty of Health Sciences Specialized Subject

▼All Major Common Subjects

Life ScienceNutrition and BiochemistryHuman Anatomy and Physiology IHuman Anatomy and Physiology II
Practice in Human Anatomy, Histology, and PhysiologyInfection and ImmunityGenetics
Basic PathophysiologyClinical Pharmacology 
Human ScienceIntroduction of Health SciencesIntroduction to Health PromotionPrinciples of Education
Developmental PsychologyClinical Psychology 
Information ScienceInformation and Mathematical Sciences IInformation and Mathematical Sciences IIMedical Physics
Introduction to Medical EngineeringHealth Statistics 
Health and Welfare ScienceInternational Health SystemWorld Health and EnvironmentCommunity Health and Environment
Health Care System and LawDiscussion on Social Welfare 

▼Medical Faculty Common Subjects

Medical Faculty Common SubjectsTeam Medical TreatmentEmergency Lifesaving Medical TreatmentCounseling
Medical EconomicsCalamity Crisis ManagementVolunteer Practice

▼Specialized courses of the majors

Nursing PathologyPathophysiology for Clinical Nursing I・II・III・IV・VInfection Control NursingPhysiology in Nursing I・II
Basic nursingPrinciple of NursingEvidences of Nursing Cares I・IIHuman Relation in Nursing
Nursing ProcessBasic Nursing Skills (A) I・IIBasic Nursing Skills (B) I・II
Basic Nursing Practice I・II<  
Adult NursingIntroduction to Adult NursingAdult Nursing I・IIEnd of life care
Clinical Nursing Practice in Adult Nursing I・II  
Gerontological NursingIntroduction to Gerontological NursingGerontological Nursing I・IINursing Practice in Gerontology
Psychiatric NursingIntroduction to Psychiatric NursingPsychiatric NursingClinical Nursing Practice in Psychiatry
Maternal Health NursingIntroduction to Maternal Health NursingMaternal Health Nursing I・IIClinical Nursing Practice in Perinatal Care
Pediatric NursingIntroduction to Pediatric NursingPediatric Nursing I・IINursing Practice Child Health
Community Home Health Care NursingIntroduction to Community Home Health Care NursingCommunity Home Health Care NursingField Practice of Community Home Health Care Nursing
【Synthesis field】
Comprehensive Health CareIntroduction to community health nursingHealth Support NursingFamily Health Nursing
Comprehensive Health Care I・II/td>Field Practice in Comprehensive Health Care 
Synthesis of NursingNursing TheoryNursing Assessment:case studySimulation-based learning in nurse education: Nursing OSCE
Nursing ManagementNursing EthicsSynthesis Practice of Nursing
Fundamentals of Research MethodologyGraduation Thesis in Nursing 
OtherGlobal Practice of the Health Sciences  
※Health nurse program※Public Health Nursing※Principles of public health nursing※Public health nursing skills I・II・III
Elective※Public health nursing practice I・II

Admission capacity of the Department of Nursing