- Fostering Strength of Character through the Liberal Arts and the Soka Core Program
Nursing is a profession that deals with people in need of care, and therefore, along with specialized knowledge and skills related to nursing, it also requires humanity, ethics, and a sense of mission.
Soka University offers a wide variety of liberal arts courses that take advantage of the strengths of a comprehensive university. Through the Soka Core Program, which organically systematizes these subjects, Soka University provides students with a liberal arts education that fosters both "intellectual ability" and "humanistic ability.”
Specifically, students learn (1) "basic subjects," (2) "university subjects," (3) "language subjects," (4) "global citizenship education subjects," (5) "humanities subjects," (6) "social science subjects," and (7) "natural and health science subjects," and cultivate "logical ability," "communicative ability," and "motivation" in a balanced manner. Through balanced training, students will acquire the basic knowledge necessary to become a nurse.
In today's society, where people's lives are becoming more and more diverse, we will cultivate the [intellectual ability] and [human ability] to be close to each and every person who needs care.
- A Curriculum for the Development of Advanced Practical Nursing Skills
The curriculum is designed to foster "creative nursing practice skills" in order to produce nursing professionals who are "global citizens who practice value creation.” The Soka University Faculty of Nursing defines "Creative Nursing Practice Skills" as the ability to freely exercise wisdom, support, and assist in resolving each and every health issue in the real world, with a desire for the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who are the target of nursing care.
The curriculum focuses on health issues such as maintenance and promotion of healthy life and prevention of health disorders, acute conditions and recovery, chronic diseases and chronic health issues, and end of life, and provides courses to develop creative practical skills for people living in the community and their families. The program is designed to develop creative and practical skills for people living in the community and their families in these situations.
The ability to creatively provide nursing care for people in all stages of life, from birth to old age and death, and in all kinds of people's healthy lives, is an indispensable lifelong skill that is essential not only for learning as a nursing professional but also for continuing one's studies in nursing.
The curriculum of the Faculty of Nursing fosters nurses capable of demonstrating expert knowledge and the solid practical nursing skills required in the broad field of medical treatment and nursing.
- Fostering Nurses with a Global Mindset
In today's society, globalization has led to an increase in the volume and speed of human and material traffic. Therefore, it is necessary for nurses to quickly catch up with specialized and advanced knowledge and information on global health issues, such as the increasing need for cross-cultural communication in the medical field and pandemics of infectious diseases.
Soka University aims to nurture nurses who can respond to such situations and cultivate a global mindset through overseas training at hospitals affiliated with overseas exchange schools that make use of the university's international exchange network. In addition, practical English education is provided in classes classified according to proficiency level, with a total of 6 credits of English classes required.
The School of Nursing aims to cultivate a global mindset, and students will learn about diversity and the role of nursing from the perspective of the internationalization of nursing, including differences in the way health and nursing are perceived by different cultures. Courses are designed to develop students' understanding of the healthcare issues facing the international community and to develop their study of nursing according to the diversity of countries, regions, cultures, values, and health levels.
In the first-year International Nursing course, students learn the basics of international nursing and its challenges and future prospects, as nursing practice for people with different cultural backgrounds becomes more commonplace with the growth of globalization.
In the spring semester of the second year, "International Health Studies" provides an overview of the concept and history of international health, as well as the current status and issues of global health and medical care, and students practice project planning for international health cooperation activities using specific examples.
From the first and second years, students take the following elective courses: "Special Lecture in International Nursing 1 (International Nursing, Asia and Africa)", "Special Lecture in International Nursing 2 (International Nursing, Europe and America)", "International Nursing Training I (Nursing Observation Training, Asia and Africa)", "International Nursing Training II (Nursing Observation Training, Europe and America)", "International Nursing Training III (Nursing Field Survey The program aims to foster a global perspective on medicine and health by providing students with an understanding of the healthcare system, social security, health conditions, and nursing practice.