The School of Nursing dates back to 1889 when an institute was established at the hospital for the education of midwives. Since that time there have been many changes and additions to the curriculum. In 2002 the school became part of the medical faculty of KPUM. The school now boosts around 9,000 graduates who have set out to work and contribute to public health all over Japan. At present the school accepts around 85 students a year to start a four year course in nursing. Classes are given at the Hirokoji Campus located between the University Hospital and imperial palace. The mission of the school is to educate nurses and health workers, with respect for human dignity and a high level of specialized knowledge and skills.
The curriculum consists out of courses in the liberal arts, professional courses and practical training. The liberal arts courses are focused around four themes; “Dignity of Life and Humanity”, “Understanding of Humanity”, “Man and Environment”, and “International Communication”. The subjects are designed to further a deeper professional understanding and communication skills. Some of the subjects taught are Philosophy, Bioethics, Psychology, Science, Human Rights, International Communication, and several language courses. Students can furthermore follow subjects at Kyoto Prefectural University and Kyoto Institute of Technology.
The professional courses are divided into Fundamental Professional Subjects and Advanced Professional Subjects. The Fundamental Professional Subjects are divided between “Basics of Health, Disease and Disability” and “Public Health”, subjects taught are amongst others: The Working of the Human Body, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Social Welfare.
The Advanced Professional Subjects consists out of “Basic Nursing”, “Specialized Nursing Courses” such as in adult, child, maternal, perinatal, psychiatric, geriatric, and community health nursing. In the final stages of the study there is time for “Development and Exploration of Nursing”.
To study and gain nursing practice students have basic practical training from the 1st year at the university hospital. Full-fledged practical training takes place during the 3rd and 4th year when students go to hospitals, home nurse stations, and health care centers.
Depending on their course work students can take the following licensing exams: National Nursing License, National Midwifery License, and National Public Health Worker License. For more detailed information please see the School of Nursing website (in Japanese).