Characteristics of specialized subjects

Department of Nursing

Department of Medical Technology

Department of Physical Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy

Department of Nursing

  1. Professional education

    From the 1st semester at the Department of Nursing, we provide “Basic Nursing” that forms the basis of nursing studies and “Nursing Counseling I” that focuses on communication along with common subjects and basic specialized subjects. These subjects are designed to deepen the understanding concerning the basic concepts of nursing, namely “people, environment, life, health, and nursing” and help the students grow their interest in nursing as well as form their perspectives on nursing. In the 2nd semester, “Basic Skills in Nursing Practice”, “Basic Nursing Practical Seminars I” and “Basic Nursing Practical Seminars II” are provided to teach methodologies more specifically.
    From the 2nd year, we provide specialized subjects in the fields of adult health nursing, elderly nursing, maternal health nursing, pediatric nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, and community nursing. Based on the learning in basic specialized subjects and Basic Nursing on human body structure, bodily functions, and pathology, the students learn the characteristics and perspectives in each field, how to assess people with diseases and their conditions, and how to provide the necessary support. In some seminars, multiple departments collaborate to provide case studies for learning more specifically and practically how to provide support.

  2. Clinical practice and research

    At the Department of Nursing, clinical practice is introduced step by step from the 1st to 4th years. As the first step, “Basic Nursing Practice” is provided to study the relationship between people’s life, their environment and health, so as to broaden the students’ horizons. “Clinical Basic Nursing Practice” is also provided to help the students think about what it means to be hospitalized and the kind of assistance required, and provide assistance using basic skills.
    As the second step, clinical practices in the fields of adult health nursing, maternal health nursing, pediatric nursing, and psychiatric mental health nursing are provided to deepen the understanding on how to provide assistance and the characteristics of nursing. These clinical practices will also provide opportunities to learn about the cooperation and collaboration with other professions and acquire multidisciplinary perspectives. The clinical training facilities cover a wide range of institutions, from Kyoto University Hospital to hospitals and childcare facilities in Kyoto Prefecture.
    As the third step, “Home Care Nursing Clinical Practice” and “Community Health Nursing Clinical Practice” are provided to learn about how to provide assistance in home care and community nursing, and integrate the clinical practices provided up to the second step to deepen the understanding on to whom and where to provide nursing. Each student will select a field from among the fields they have studied in accordance with their theme and study the field more thoroughly as research though practice. For the research, the students are required to read various documents, device the research plan, collect data, and write their graduation thesis under guidance of their tutors. Through this process, the students are expected to deepen their perspectives on nursing as well as form the basis for effectively working in the fields of clinical practice, education, and research.

  3. Public health nurse elective course

    The public health nurse elective course is provided to acquire the eligibility to take the national public health nurse examination. The elective subjects in this course are provided in the 3rd and 4th years. Due to the limit on the number of people, there is a selective examination after the 3rd semester for the applicants of the public health nurse elective course. By the end of the third semester, the applicants are required to have obtained the credits for all assigned compulsory subjects and compulsory elective subjects. They are also required to have obtained the credits for all common subjects, basic specialized subjects, and all assigned specialized subjects by the end of the 4th semester. Those who fail to meet these requirements cannot take the public health nurse elective course. Those who have selected the public health nurse elective course will undergo a clinical practice during the 7th semester and write their graduation thesis.

    Midwifery elective course at the School of Human Health Science has closed after the class entering the school in 2010. Since 2011, it has been available in the master’s course at the graduate school.

Department of Medical Technology

  1. Professional education

    At the Department of Medical Technology, in the 1st year, we provide some of the basic specialized subjects (such as “Anatomy”, “Physiology”, and “Human Body Defense Studies”) along with common subjects and basic specialized subjects. In the 2nd semester, we provide the specialized subject “Introduction to Medical Imaging”.
    From the 2nd year, the students start learning about the mechanism and functions of living bodies and the mechanism whereby diseases occur according to each specialized field. Namely, the students learn about biochemistry, cell biology, hematology, and microbiology in addition to the specialized basic subjects (such as “Introduction to Pathology”, “Introduction to Biochemistry”, and “Medical Informatics”) and clinical basic subjects. Clinical practices covering these lectures are also provided. As information technology and medical engineering subjects, there are also lectures and clinical practices on medical electronics and basic studies of data analysis.
    In the 3rd year, following the studies in basic specialized subjects, we provide studies on pathology and clinical practices on cellular tissue test, studies on infection control in relation to transplantation, biological response analysis and its clinical practice, and studies and clinical practices on blood testing, clinical chemistry for analyzing body compositions, data analysis, noninvasive imaging, and image information systems, as well as studies and clinical practices on clinical physiology for analyzing various physiological functions, and  ultrasonography. We also provide an advanced medical technology seminar to outline the latest medical technologies. These studies will provide clues for deciding the graduation research on the 4th year and each student’s career.
    In the 4th year, through the clinical practices at hospitals provided on the 7th semester and the subjects provided on the 8th semester (Clinical Test Pathology and Clinical Test Data Analysis Seminar), the students are expected to firmly acquire what they have learned as well as to learn about the wide applications of medical technologies.

  2. Clinical practice and graduation research

    In this department, students are divided into two groups during the 7th semester to receive hospital training. Hospital training is a clinical practice in each field provided at departments, such as the Department of Clinical Laboratory, Kyoto University Hospital. This provides an opportunity for the students to learn how clinical test data is used for outpatients and inpatients at the Kyoto University Hospital and experience collaborative activities with other professions. This makes the knowledge and skills they have gained more effective for practical use through actual work experience.
    The students are required to conduct their graduation research outside the time allocated for clinical practice during the 7th semester and 8th semester. In their graduation research, students are expected to work in the laboratories to find practical solutions for the issues they have encountered during the clinical practice. The graduation research is to be conducted with a specific theme under the guidance of tutors. The students are required to read relevant documents in the field, conduct experiments, and put together a report on the results. This is expected to form their basis as future medical specialists, technical experts, researchers, and educators.

Department of Physical Therapy

  1. Professional education

    From the 1st semester, we provide “General Introduction to Physical Therapy” and “Introduction to Rehabilitation” along with “Physical Therapy Observation Tour” to provide an opportunity for the students to deepen their interest in physical therapy through visits as well as provide basic studies for physical therapy, such as human anatomy. In the 2nd semester, we provide studies on the functional anatomy of human body and other related matters to establish the students’ knowledge of basic medical sciences.
    In the 3rd semester, we provide basic specialized subjects and other subjects to establish the basis for learning specialized subjects. We also provide “Physical Therapy Assessment”, which is a specialized subject.
    In the 4th and 5th semesters, we start providing specialized subjects, such as the motor function assessment practice and physical therapy for different types of disease, and provide lectures and practices designed to link the basic and clinical medicines the students have studied.
    In the 6th and 7th semesters, the students with receive clinical practices to experience the practical use of physical therapy. In the 8th semester, the students conduct their graduation research and receive seminars to deepen their understanding of physical therapy.

  2. Clinical practice and graduation research

    The clinical practice is provided from the latter half of the 3rd year. During the clinical practice, the students experience how the knowledge and skills they have gained are used at the Kyoto University Hospital and other various hospitals associated with this department in the vicinity and neighboring prefectures and experience the process of physical therapy in practice. They are also expected to learn about the collaborative relationship by coming into contact with patients and other professions.
    The graduation research is to be conducted with a specific theme under the guidance of tutors during the 8th semester. The students are required to devise their research plan, collect relevant documents, collect data using various devices, conduct statistical analysis, make theoretical inquiries, and complete the research paper. This is expected to form their basis as future researchers, educators, and clinicians.

Department of Occupational Therapy

  1. Professional education

    In the 1st year, we provide “Occupational Therapy Theory”, “Introduction to Occupational Therapy”, and “Clinical Practice I” (early clinical exposure) along with common subjects and basic specialized subjects to deepen the students’ interest in occupational therapy. In the 2nd year, we provide “Occupational Analysis”, “Occupational Therapy Seminar I”, “General Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assessment”, “Motor Function Assessment Practice”, and “Daily Life Assistance I” along with general studies on the occupational therapy in different fields (physical handicap, mental handicap, and developmental disorder) and “Occupational Therapy for the Elderly”. In the 3rd year, as further applicable and specialized studies, we provide “Occupational Therapy Management”, “Vital Function Assessment Practice”, “Development Assessment Practice”, “Psychosocial Function Assessment”, “Daily Life Assistance II”, “Research Methodology”, along with studies on the occupational therapy in different fields, “Occupational Therapy for Higher-Order Neurological Dysfunction”, and “Community Occupational Therapy”. In the 4th year, we provide occupational therapy seminars to help the students gain a higher ability to apply clinical skills.

  2. Clinical practice and graduation research

    “Clinical Practice I” is provided from the 1st semester as an early clinical exposure to deepen the understanding of occupational therapy. In the 2nd year, “Clinical Practice II” (observation tour) is provided to help the students check and integrate what they have studied in basic specialized subjects and specialized subjects. In the 3rd year, “Clinical Practice III” is provided in the fields of physical handicap, mental handicap, and developmental disorder. During the practice, each one or more patients are assigned to each student, and the students are required to make an assessment and devise the occupational therapy program. In the 4th year, “Clinical Practice IV” is provided, whereby each student selects two facilities from each area and makes assessment, provides therapy, and makes reassessment at their assigned hospitals and facilities over the period of 18 weeks (9 weeks at each facility). The clinical training facilities are Kyoto University Hospital and other general hospitals, welfare facilities, and health centers.
    Based on the methodologies they have learned in the 3rd year, the students are required to conduct their graduation research during their 4th year. The graduation research is to be conducted with a freely-selected theme under the guidance of tutors. The tasks of reading documents, making research, writing the paper, and presenting the results are expected to form the basis for future clinical researchers and occupational therapists.