College of Nursing


Nursing is the practice of preparing an environment for individual human beings to achieve and maintain their optimal health condition. Human health undergoes change as it is influenced by the surrounding environment.
It is therefore necessary that nurses study methods of approaching both human beings and the human environment.

4 years of studying

Learn to look at people and things and interpret these experiences from the viewpoint of various specialist fields through "Liberal Arts." Study ways of considering people, the environment and health through "Foundations in Nursing Practice." Train to apply the logical rationale to the nursing practice "Nursing." Through a well-balanced curriculum of these three fields nursing/healthcare specialists who can contribute to the health of people are nurtured. We do our best to help students absorb all the information and practical skills necessary to realize the practical application in actual nursing and healthcare practice.

Liberal arts

Nursing connects people with other people. It is necessary to understand "people" and their environment to provide appropriate nursing at the appropriate time. Large amounts of knowledge about various fields form a useful background for students who wish to become truly professional nurses. The Liberal Arts course is divided into "Human Beings & Culture," "Human Beings & Society," "Human Beings & Language," "Human Beings & Information," "Human Beings & Natural Environment," and "Physical Education." Students have to complete 28 or more credits in these courses. Each academic field had its own methods and philosophy on how people should be viewed.

System of Mutual Credits

St. Luke’s International University has an agreement with Rikkyo University, a general university with many departments and graduate schools that has the same Episcopal mission background as St. Luke's. In this way, students can mutually earn some credits in some subjects by attending lectures at the other university. Up to 15 students can audit classes for a single subject among the liberal arts courses provided at Rikkyo University, and a student may earn up to 8 credits both during the first and the second semester that will be counted at this university.

Foundations in Nursing Practice and Nursing

All subjects taught under Foundations of Nursing and Nursing are required to be qualified to sit for the national nursing license examination (there are some conditions about the subjects). However, at St. Luke's we follow a unique system of teaching these required subjects compared to other nursing universities.
Foundations in Nursing Practice consist of "Human Beings and Health" and "Environment and Health," while Nursing includes Basics of Nursing Practice, Nursing practice and Practicum. Faculty take students' individual needs into consideration to teach in an easy-to-understand way. There are about 80 students in each grade, which is a relatively small number providing an optimal environment. Close attention by about 60 nursing faculty provides the opportunity for in depth study, the characteristic of this pioneer nursing university.

Outline of the 4-year course

The University has created a curriculum that will nurture nursing professionals with a rich background and a sensitive judgment ability. Firstly, Liberal Arts and specialist courses are not divided, but are all taught throughout the 4 years. Secondly, we have taken special care about the way courses are structured. The undergraduate course is the basis of all future nursing endeavors, and provides all elements necessary for future application and further studies.