Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Undergraduate School

Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences (Oita-NHS) was one of the first institutions in Japan to offer an undergraduate program of parallel instruction in both nursing science and general education throughout all four years of study. It is our belief that basic health and human sciences should be more closely integrated with nursing subjects to be more relevant to nursing curricula. Therefore, our general education program offers health and human science courses heavily in the freshman and sophomore years of study as a broad foundation for the study of nursing. The Department of Health Sciences offers courses in the behavioral, biological, and environmental sciences, and in informatics, computer science, psychology, foreign languages, and physical education.

In 2011, Oita-NHS transformed its educational efforts by introducing a four-year Registered Nursing program in its Undergraduate School and by moving its Public Health Nursing program and Midwife program from the Undergraduate School to the Graduate School. Until then, the education and training of public health nurses in Japan had always occurred at the undergraduate level, so Oita-NHS is the first institution in Japan to concentrate exclusively on Registered Nursing education at the undergraduate level.  With this transformation to a single curriculum offering in Registered Nursing, it has become feasible to offer a more meaningful education featuring a stronger foundation and an increased emphasis on practical nursing. With the new Registered Nursing curriculum, increased importance has been placed on such areas as: 1) increasing the perceptional capacity and technical abilities of nursing students; 2) improving proficiency in basic subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and microbiology; 3) facilitating the learning abilities of individual students through self-study; 4) reinforcing the anatomical physiology, clinical pathology and clinical pharmacology presented in basic courses that used to be elective but are now compulsory, because professional expertise in these fields are very useful when it comes to actual clinical practice; and 5) the adoption of seminars that reinforce hands-on practice in specialty fields and take a comprehensive approach to nursing. With this new curriculum, Oita-NHS is developing nursing professionals who have the perceptional capacity and practical abilities to provide a level of nursing care that will stand the test of time in meeting a wide range of medical and health needs.  

In 2015, Oita-NHS revised its undergraduate curriculum by establishing its “Practicum of Community Development through Preventive Home Visiting of Nursing Students to the Elderly” (COC program). During home visits, student groups provide health promotion and prevention to the elderly residing in the communities surrounding our campus. The COC program hopes to address the problems of the elderly and the problems caused by a lack of human resources with the goal of contributing to the improvement of the overall health of the community. In addition, an undergraduate elective course for training specially-qualified nursing teachers in charge of the health care and health education of school children is established.

The Departments of Basic Nursing, Clinical Nursing, and Community Health Nursing offer instruction in the fundamentals, specialty area practice, and wider communal and international applications of nursing.  As an integrated whole, the undergraduate program of instruction in nursing sciences balances rigorous academic learning with varied and intensive clinical experiences that provide competency and proficiency in clinical skills, patient care management, critical thinking, and decision making. In an effort to meet the needs of the future in health care, our university was the first in Japan to establish international nursing as an integral part of its undergraduate program, and the first to make nursing assessment into an independent area of research and instruction.

Clinical experiences in the undergraduate school begin in the freshman year and increase in length, intensity and variety each subsequent year. Students have clinical experiences in fundamental nursing during their freshman and sophomore years, and in the various areas of clinical nursing from their junior and senior year of study. Our students have access to over 100 health care facilities throughout Oita Prefecture for practice. In addition, we have our own Clinical Instruction Center adjacent to Oita Prefectural Hospital, which is used during clinical practice at that institution.

During the second semester of their senior year, students have an eight-week Integrated Nursing Study course that integrates basic nursing education and technical nursing education so that they can master the nursing skills necessary to provide appropriate assessment and proper nursing care. This eight-week course consists of group work practices and roll-playing activities based on case studies of medical and nursing services.

The culmination of the educational program in the undergraduate school is the graduation thesis project. As part of the research process, students are required to study original texts in English and seminars are conducted with oral reports and discussions of these readings in their affiliated division. Finally, students are required to make presentations of their research at a graduation thesis presentation where their research is evaluated by the assembled faculty.




updated : 01/10/2016