MASTER'S PROGRAM

1) Philosophy, Goals and Objectives of Master's Program
  This program nurture students to further study nursing scholarship based on nursing knowledge and skills, then to acquire competence to conduct research and scientific logical thinking to solve nursing problems and to improve nursing, thus to acquire basic competence to be a leader of nursing practice, nursing administrator, and nurse educator with high ethical standards.
1) To function as a researcher to develop methods to systemically organize research to prevent or solve people's health problems with research thinking.
2) To structurally understand dynamics in nursing setting, and to strategically innovate service system collaborating with multidisciplinary professionals and citizen.
3) To function roles as educator who develop nursing professionals with research thinking.
4) To conduct researches towards improvement and innovation of nursing practice, education, and management.
2) Graduation Requirements in Master's Program
  In Master of nursing program has Nursing Education, Clinical Nursing, and Community Health Nursing. To obtain Nursing Master's degree, students take 30 credits or more, and to pass examination of Master's thesis.
3) Certified Nurse Specialist Courses:
  *In the 2009 Fiscal year, the course of Certified Nurse Specialist(CNS) in Critical Care Nursing and Gerontological Nursing were established and the CNS course of Home Care Nursing will be established from 2012. The CNS has competence of advanced nursing practice, and also education, consultation, coordination, research, and ethics in specific fields.

Qualifications of candidacy for a CNS examination
1. Applicants must take required subjects at Master's courses in Nursing.
2. Applicants must be experienced in nursing for more than five years, more than three years of which in a specialty field before they can matriculate in Master's courses of after completing the course.
3. Applicants who are able to play a role as a CNS more than six months or have experience in nursing under the guidance after taking CNS education at a Master's courses in Nursing.
(1) Teaching Methodology in Nursing
  Students learn efficacy and methods for teaching the theory and principles of care for patients. Students study basic nursing educational program and the evaluation.
(2) HOME CARE / COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Home Care Nursing
  Students undertake a comparative study of the home care systems of Japan and other countries to ensure the quality assurance of home care nursing. They study the research methodology for developing the knowledge, skill, care program and utilization of social resources.

Community Health Nursing
  Community health nursing is the science for the improvement of QOL of people who live in the community of all healthy
  Students study the theory and method of developing the health care system of the community in which people can choose a healthy life themselves. They will acquire the research methodology for Community Health and Public Health Research in the first to the second year. They select one from three specialized Public Health Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing and School Health Nursing.
(3) WOMEN'S / CHILD HEALTH AND MATERNAL NURSING
Women's Health and Maternal Nursing
  Graduate students analyze and research on women's health issues including the sexual and reproductive health needs, ethical issues, issues in human rights, society issues in fewer children from the point of today's perspectives. Students further study methodology in programs and system development to support women.
Child Health Nursing
  Based on various developmental theories and family theories, students learn characteristics of children and their families. Then, they evaluate nursing practice competencies for children and their families to have healthier lives.
(4) ADULT HEALTH NURSING
  Students develop and synthesize skills of nursing interventions for both patients and family of patients who have lived with the experience of advanced technological care and invasive medical treatments. Building on this knowledge, students conduct a research study related to specialize nursing interventions in critical, ,rehabilitating, self-management and /or terminal stages of nursing care. Students are able to select a course for Certified Nurse Specialist in Critical Care Nursing.
(5) GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
  In order to meet the complex needs of the elderly, such as elderly with dementia or elderly with difficulty to swallow, and so on, students study health care factors and develop interventions that influence them and their family members. These include life style assessment, advanced nursing theory and method, consultation, case management, social support, nursing policies, as well as the international health care environment for elderly. Students create advanced nursing competence along with research competence by conducting researches.
  Students undertake a comparative study of the health care systems of Japan and other countries to ensure the quality assurance of elderly care in nursing. They study the research methodology for developing the knowledge, skill, care program and utilization of social resources. Students are able to select a course for Certified Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing.
(6) HEALTH SCIENCES
  Graduate students learn advanced studies in Human Anatomy and physiology, Neurology, Cell Biology, Psychology, Microbiology, Public health and Hygiene, and Fundamental Clinical Practice. They acquire fundamental researches for basic sciences related Nursing.