Educational philosophy/Educational goals

The School of Nursing at Chiba University, the only school of nursing at a Japanese national university, was established in April 1975 with the aim of cultivating in its students the fundamental abilities required for nursing, and developing competent nurses in a wide range of nursing science fields. The School of Nursing comprises four major Departments—Basic Nursing, Maternal and Child Nursing, Adult and Gerontological Nursing, and Community Health Nursing (12 education and research fields); as well as the The The Center of Collaboration for Nursing Education and Research, certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a The Center of Collaboration for Nursing Education and Research. The Center was established with the aim of conducting joint research with faculty members of nursing universities across Japan, and providing training programs for incumbent nursing teachers and leading nurses.

In April 1979, the Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Nursing was established, based on the education and research of the School of Nursing. In April 1993, the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Nursing (Department of Nursing: 2 years for the Master’s Degree Program and 3 years for the Doctoral Degree Program) was established. Article 14 of the University Establishment Standards was applied to the Graduate School of Nursing, enabling students to study without leaving their nursing practice site.

A view of the courtyard from the administrative building

The Certified Nurse Specialist system was established in response to the advancement and specialization of nursing, and the curriculum of the Master’s Program was certified for the system. In April 2002, an original and independent program, the Master’s Program Systems Management (program length: three years) was established based on the achievement of the School of Nursing.

In April 2014, a 5-year continuous Doctoral Program, the Disaster Nursing Global Leader Degree Program, was established as a joint curriculum of five national, public, and private universities, including Chiba University, the University of Kochi, the University of Hyogo, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing.

As of 2022, the student capacity is 340 for the School of Nursing, 86 for the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Nursing (50 for the 2-year Nursing Science Master’s Program, and 36 for the 3-year Nursing Science Doctoral Program), 36 for the Master’s Program in the Graduate school of Nursing, and 2 for the 5-year consistent Doctoral Program. As of March 2014, the total number of graduates, since the establishment of the School of Nursing, reached 3,043 in the undergraduate program and 916 in the postgraduate program.

Educational philosophy

Nursing science involves learning that provides a theoretical basis and systematic structure to the practical activities of nursing professionals, and seeks ways to help people live a healthy and peaceful life from the standpoint of respect for every individual. The School of Nursing at Chiba University has a history of expanding, exploring, and passing on nursing as an academic discipline.

Education in the Undergraduate Program at the School of Nursing places emphasis on developing harmonious humanity with great sensitivity and creativity, flexible and logical thinking ability, broad problem awareness, and a solid sense of ethics, in a university environment that includes a diverse academic system. It develops in students the basic ability to provide nursing to people at all stages of growth and development, with any health condition, and living in a wide variety of environments, by teaching nursing science based on the cultivation of a humanistic outlook. The program cultivates nurses who can actively respond to the demands of modern society, while clearly exemplifying the role of nursing professional, in cooperation and collaboration with a diverse range of people; and who can proactively contribute to the improvement of nursing practice and the development of nursing science.

Education in the Undergraduate Program values the abilities of individual students and helps to enhance and enrich these abilities. We provide support that meets the learning needs of individual students with diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, we respect students’ willingness to learn, and cultivate their ability to develop as lifetime nursing professionals through the experience of independent learning. At the same time, we develop nurses who have essential academic abilities linked to the Doctoral Program of the Graduate School of Nursing.

Educational goals

Our six educational goals are to develop:

  1. generalist nurses who have comprehensive judgment based on broad and deep education and a rich humanity
  2. nurses who encourage ethical sensitivity, show their sense of ethics in action and attitude, always acting with empathy for the position of the other person, and can explain these behaviors from an ethical point of view
  3. nurses who strive for better nursing with creativity and a pioneering spirit
  4. nurses who have a sense of responsibility as nursing professionals, and can cooperate with people at large and those in other occupations
  5. nurses who can provide nursing based on an international perspective
  6. nurses who value contribution to human welfare, and will continue to self-assess and self-evaluate over their lifetime.

The goals that students are expected to achieve by graduation, framed in light of the educational goals above, include the following.

Students should be able to:
  1. understand the other person as a whole, based on extensive human-centered expertise, and reflect this understanding in their nursing practice; as well as understand the basis of essential nursing skills, with which they can support the lives of people with any health condition
  2. understand a wide variety of values of individuals, families, groups, and communities, from multiple perspectives, with a sense of awe before life; and act and behave with respect for the other person’s position
  3. actively work to solve problems by focusing carefully on the phenomenon before them, acquiring the knowledge and resources necessary to solve the problem, and showing flexible thinking ability
  4. participate in collaborative activities as a member of a health, medical, and welfare team, aware of their responsibility as a nursing professional; as well as collaborate with people at large and those in other occupations, and effectively demonstrate the functions of nursing professionals
  5. understand the necessity of nursing activities and nursing methods on an international scale, based on a sensitive understanding of cultural diversity
  6. independently set learning tasks and goals necessary for nurses, based on appropriate self-assessment; select and use appropriate learning methods; and constantly work to overcome challenges and achieve goals, and effectively evaluate the outcomes.