There are two divisions for advanced professionals, comprehensive health nursing sciences and biomedical laboratory sciences, to establish and develop individual research in order to respond to the many complex challenges facing nursing and laboratory sciences in the 21st century.
In order to respond to these challenges and to assume international and multidisciplinary leadership roles, it is the primary philosophy of this school to prepare advanced professionals and leading international scholars through the development of an advanced educational research system and the promotion of clinical-oriented research activities in graduate school.
Based on the above philosophy, we prepare the following types of scholars:
Researchers as international leaders
1. Scholars who can provide worldwide leadership in comprehensive health nursing fields such as community health/home care nursing, clinical advanced nursing and care management, especially in areas with high national needs.
2. Leading international and multidisciplinary scholars to develop advanced clinical laboratory sciences.
Advanced professionals leading clinical-oriented research
1. Leaders with advanced professional knowledge and techniques, which can make comprehensive decisions and apply their knowledge in nursing practice and laboratory fields.
2. Leaders with knowledge of international clinical fields, who can provide complex nursing care, conduct research, develop unique clinical laboratory analyses, accurate clinical laboratory methods and biomedical support systems, and apply knowledge to international and multidisciplinary clinical practice as advanced professionals.
As our basic philosophy, we aim for each student to be a scholar as well as international leader and a leading advanced professional in clinical-oriented research. Students become advanced professionals who can take a leadership role in clinical fields and at the same time, international leading scholars who can solve problems in diverse clinical settings including communities. In other words, graduates must be scholars with advanced clinical competencies, and growing research experiences, which will enable them to make important clinical decisions and acquire strong competency in leadership. We aim to prepare students with development of both types of competencies. Clinical competency in nursing includes skills in such professional areas as prevention of health and related living problems, recovery of good health, rehabilitation, palliative care, advanced nursing techniques, and establishment of care systems. Clinical competency in laboratory science includes accurate clinical laboratory analysis in response advances in health care. By repeating a developmental cycle from clarifying clinical problems, exploring research for problem-solving, applying research outcome to practice, confirming its validity, to clarifying new research questions, focus and methods, students can acquire the foundation for international research leadership with clinical competency.
2. ORGANIZATION OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
The educational research divisions in the graduate school have been organized to respond to the present and future needs of society for developing nursing and laboratory sciences. There are three departments and ten educational research divisions in comprehensive health nursing sciences. There are two departments and ten educational research divisions in biomedical laboratory sciences. The educational research divisions are composed of advanced professional programs, and have been reorganized from bachelor programs to graduate programs.
3. FEATURES AND PROGRAMS OF EACH DIVISION
Division of Comprehensive Health Nursing Sciences
Health and related living problems are diverse and complicated. This program is designed to prepare professional nurses with organizational problem-solving skills to engage in a variety of advanced nursing practices. The goal of this advanced nursing practice is to achieve individual health, greater independence of living and quality of life for clients of all ages and families from a holistic view of disease prevention, health recovery, rehabilitation, and terminal care. Such nursing practice can include palliative care, crisis prevention by focused and continuous care, stable health and life support care, health education for individuals, family and groups, utilization of social resources, team care, care management, nursing management, recommendations for system reform, and presentation of data. Research methodologies for assessment, planning, effective and efficient implementation, evaluation, and theory development are presented within the focus of each educational research division. We prepare nursing leaders and educators to conduct original research in clinical-oriented and international and multidisciplinary fields. Scholars accumulate experience in the research process and presentation of its outcomes through participation in research projects, study abroad in collaboration with foreign universities, research presentations at domestic and international conferences, and publication of research articles in journals.
Division of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Medicine and health care techniques have become increasingly advanced, influenced by the rapid progress of molecular biology in particular. Laboratory science is no exception. This program prepares students to develop accurate and highly functional clinical laboratory methodologies and biomedical support systems, including home clinical laboratory system and rehabilitation tools. The course of study is based on analysis of biomedical information from molecular and cell levels to organ and individual levels, and exploration of etiology and pathophysiological analysis. From a multidisciplinary view, we aim to help students acquire advanced research skills, knowledge of clinical practice, clinical laboratory tests, and specialized analytical competency as leaders and educators in clinical-oriented and international and multidisciplinary research.
4. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF EACH DIVISION
Division of Comprehensive Health Nursing
(1) Master's Program
Based on professional knowledge and techniques cultivated at the baccalaureate level, this course prepares leaders/managers/administrators/researchers/educators in ethical nursing practice by deepening their knowledge in each specialty, by acquiring scientific thinking, and by research activities.
1. To understand nursing tasks and related systems in medical institutions, care facilities and health care centers, and to be prepared for comprehensive organizational problem solving as well as research activities in each specialty regardless of department.
2. To study the assessment, planning and practice for high quality nursing care with deeper knowledge and advanced techniques in each specialty.
3. To be prepared to educate nurses in a practice model and provide consultation for health care team members, for better coordination of care in each specialty.
4. To obtain coordination skills to help establish and promote care systems, by taking a coordinator's role among multidisciplinary professionals for providing continuous care and comprehensive care in each specialty.
5. To be able to discuss and summarize domestic issues, perspectives and strategies by participating in multidisciplinary and international literature review and discussion on international issues mainly in specialty nursing.
6. To learn research methods for conducting research in each specialty, including developing conceptual frameworks, understanding the application of theory, and writing articles.
7. To be able to present and participate in question and answer sessions in academic conferences.
(2) Doctoral Program
This course is to prepare advanced professionals as ethical researchers/ educators/managers and international and multidisciplinary leaders, who can conduct independent research with the advanced knowledge, techniques and skills required of advanced professionals in nursing fields.
1. To learn how to improve and develop professional knowledge and techniques in order to conduct independent research, to develop theory, and to make scientific presentations in domestic and international conferences.
2. To acquire competency in organizational problem solving of health issues from a comprehensive perspective, including team care, as well as establishment and development of care systems.
3. To be prepared to teach in educational institutions and to be consultants in various fields.
4. To be prepared as leaders in research, education, and management for improving nursing practice.
5. To be prepared for international and multidisciplinary research and exchanges.
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
(1) Master's Program
This course is to prepare graduates to be ethical educators and researchers, as well as leaders and managers in practice.
1. To understand professional theories and techniques in each specialty.
2. To obtain advanced practical knowledge and techniques required for practice and competency in laboratory management and problem solving.
3. To learn the basic research process, including research design, implementation, reporting outcomes, literature review, and presentation at conferences and writing articles through special research projects.
4. To establish the foundation for international activities from multidisciplinary and comprehensive perspectives by understanding and applying rapidly developing knowledge and techniques in various related fields.
5. To be prepared as leaders with ethical values, strong common sense, and humanity in their roles as researchers in medicine and health care.
(2) Doctoral Program
This course is to prepare independent researchers in laboratory fields, and advanced professionals as international and multidisciplinary leaders, ethical researchers, educators, and managers with the advanced knowledge and techniques required for advanced professional practice.
1. To identify a specific research theme in the laboratory field, and then design a research plan, implement it, present the research outcomes, and write articles for publication in international professional journals as independent researchers.
2. To learn how to teach in specialty fields of universities and colleges.
3. To learn how to collaborate with other researchers in related fields by understanding not only knowledge and techniques in the specialty, but also basic/clinical medicine, engineering, and molecular biology.
4. To acquire the depth of knowledge and advanced techniques in specific fields required for advanced professionals with research competency.
5. To learn how to conduct international and multidisciplinary research and exchange.