Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Nurse Science Major

 The specialty areas of the Nursing Science major are in basic nursing, clinical nursing, and community health nursing. The key curriculum offers fundamental subjects that aim at strengthening the capabilities of students in research methodology, statistics and English reading and writing of scientific papers. In English education, self-learning is emphasized using Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). The TOEIC test must be taken both before and after the CALL class and the difference between the two test scores is used to measure the degree of increase in basic English proficiency. Students must conduct research to complete a master’s thesis under the advisement of a mentor. In the process of writing the thesis, each student must make three poster presentations of their research plan, research review and interim result report before submitting the thesis to the graduate school. The submitted thesis is reviewed with an oral presentation in front of three professors. The students who complete the Master’s program can go on to a Doctoral program even though they must pass oral tests and reviews of their Master’s theses through oral presentations.

 The In 2008, we established a Master’s course to educate and train nurse practitioners (NPs), which was the first graduate school program for NPs in Japan. Our aim is to systematically train nurses of high expertise who have highly specialized medical knowledge, clinical reasoning ability and advanced practical and decision making skills, which is a level of ability nurses in Japan have not been trained to possess until now. We believe that by acquiring advanced practical skills, nurses can provide patients with peace of mind by offering timely, safe and effective medical care, and that NP education will lead to a further expansion of the role of nurses in Japan in the future.

The Health Science Courses

 In 2009, a Health Sciences Master’s major and a Health Sciences PhD, which are very unique in universities and colleges of nursing in Japan, were established in our Graduate School. In our undergraduate school our general education department is called the Health Sciences Department because we believe that basic health and human sciences should be more closely integrated with nursing subjects to be more relevant to nursing curricula. Since this department facilitates the education of clinical and experimental science and public health including analysis of psychological factors, graduates of our undergraduate school are able to enter these graduate courses, along with students from other undergraduate backgrounds who want to study issues of health science. Another goal in the establishment of these two courses is to promote advanced research in medical, healthcare and welfare professionals other than nurses and midwives. The course is mainly targeting at medical professionals such as medical doctors, registered dietitians, radiation technologists, pharmacists, medical technologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

 The Master’s major was established in the following six specialty areas: Health Physiology, Environmental Health Science, Physical Fitness and Sports Sciences, Radiological Health, Health Informatics and Biostatistics, and Mental Health. Two mentors who have expertise in these specialty areas supervise the research of each student from an interdisciplinary perspective. Education in the MSN and PhD courses is characterized by both day and night instruction, small class sizes, and mentor-group instruction. Students can also receive statistical support and use statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, MATLAB and S-PLUS to process and interpret experimental and survey data.