in Wakayama


Message from the vice

Providing a place for students and faculty members to grow together to
contribute to communities that are full of change and diversity

As Wakayama Faculty of Nursing enters its third year, students and faculty members are working together to contribute to creating a community that is full of change and diversity. In order to understand the community, students are learning about Japan and Wakayama Prefecture in classes such as “Health Science of Wakayama.” Students are actively involved with the community through health support and volunteerism.
The faculty is a place of friendly greetings and easygoing communication, and a personalized learning environment with a human touch is steadily being put in place. As a place of further learning, Wakayama Postgraduate School of Nursing started a master’s program in 2020. Based on sound knowledge, techniques, and attitudes learned over four years, we hope that our students will become nurses who support community health with an open mind. With our students, we hope to build an exciting place of learning where students and faculty members can grow through connections with diverse people.

Wakayama Faculty of Nursing
— born from the combined
determination of four stakeholders

“A university in Wakayama,” “a university located downtown,” “nursing education at a university level,” and “health care personnel for today’s needs” Wakayama Faculty of Nursing was born in April 2018 through the close bonds and collaboration between Wakayama Prefecture, Wakayama City, Japanese Red Cross Wakayama Medical Center, and Tokyo Healthcare University. As the population declines and ages, the faculty nurtures nurses who support the community so that people can live independently in a familiar place as long as possible. It also forms a nucleus for community support and cooperation in the field of medicine, health, and welfare and actively contributes to the society to promote coexistence with the community.

About THCU

Tokyo Healthcare University (THCU) is a medical and health university consisting of five faculties with seven divisions, a Department of Midwifery, and postgraduate schools . The number of students in nursing divisions across faculties is about 2,000, which makes it the largest in Japan. Since it was established, the university has produced many nurses in the field of medicine, and building on its success, it continues to nurture talents with the rich character and cultural knowledge that are needed today, who are able to tackle various social challenges from a new, comprehensive perspective.


  • Wakayama
    of Nursing
    (first・second year)
  • Wakayama Faculty
    of Nursing
    (third・fourth year)
  • Wakayama Postgraduate
    School of Nursing



  • Faculty of Healthcare
  • Higashigaoka Faculty of Nursing 
  • Tachikawa Faculty of Nursing
  • Chiba Faculty of Nursing
  • Higashigaoka-Tachikawa Faculty
    of Nursing
    (no longer seeking applicants)


  • Department of Midwifery
    (Gotanda Campus)

Postgraduate Schools

  • Postgraduate School of Healthcare
  • Postgraduate School of Nursing


of Nursing

Available certifications

Qualifications for the national examination for nurses Expected career paths: hospitals, clinics, home-visit nursing stations, nursing universities and training schools, long-term care homes, various workplaces

Nurses support medical care and medical assistance for people suffering from illnesses, injuries, and disabilities. They observe and judge subjects with their own unique perspective, and support life and living. Their areas of work are quickly expanding from medical institutions such as hospitals and clinics to medical, health, and welfare institutions such as home-visit nursing stations and long-term care homes.

Qualifications for the national examination for public health nurses Expected career paths: prefectures, municipalities, public health centers, medical institutions, offices, and research institutions such as schools and universities

Public health nurses provide community health activities focused on disease prevention through home visits, health consultation, and health check-ups for people with various health conditions in the community. Their main area of work varies: public health centers, municipalities, health management for companies, health education in schools, and so on.

School nurses(Yogo Teacher)
Expected career paths: school nursing in elementary, middle, or high schools

School nurses mainly protect the health of children and students as “a school nurse” in kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. They offer first aid for injuries and illnesses, check on physical growth and development, perform health check-ups, plan school-based health activities, understand students in their mental and physical aspects, and provide care for their health.

Sanitary supervisors
Expected career paths: various

Sanitary supervisors manage technical issues on sanitation within safety and sanitation at offices with at least 50 workers.They manage the work environment to prevent any health issues in workers.

Flow of four-year training

By taking three steps (Clinical Practice of Fundamental Nursing/training for community nursing activities, area-specific training, and Clinical Practice: Integration and practice for Nursing), practical skills of nurses are gradually improved.


Clinical Practice of
Fundamental Nursing /
training for community
nursing activities

It begins with observational training in various nursing situations, and nurses practice basic nursing care for patients.


Area-specific training

Based on the foundation of nursing practice, nurses learn through practice with various subjects and situations.


Clinical Practice:
Integration and
practice for

Expert skills in nursing practice that integrate acquired knowledge and techniques are nurtured.

International interactions

Through overseas training in Hawaii and Australia for those who wish, students learn foreign medicine and culture. In this manner, we hope to nurture international talents who are much needed in modern globalized medicine.
Even in regular university life, we work to nurture a global perspective in students by holding lectures by the Turkish ambassador, who is closely involved with Wakayama Prefecture.

Community cooperation

We promote cooperation and interaction with the community through diverse events such as volunteer activities, joint projects with students from other universities through the Consortium of Higher Education Institutions in Wakayama, open lectures, disaster training, and university festivals.

01 Consortium
01 Consortium
02 Open lectures
02 Open lectures
03 University festival
03 University festival
03 University festival
04 Disaster training


01 Consortium 01 Clinical Practice
02 Clinical Practice 02 Clinical Practice
03 Clinical Practice 03 Clinical Practice
04 Consortium 04 Consortium

of Nursing

Advanced experts who can exhibit leadership

Learning nursing does not stop at the university; it is also progressing at graduate school. At our faculty, we have established Wakayama Postgraduate School of Nursing. Talents are being developed as medicine is advanced and specialized, and the areas where nursing can play an active role are expanding. Specifically, in Japan, comprehensive community care is being promoted, and it is said that “while nurturing talents that promote comprehensive community care overall, we should also nurture next-generation health and medical personnel, assuming cross-disciplinary cooperation between medicine and welfare.” At Wakayama Postgraduate School of Nursing, we hope to develop “human resources with advanced practical skills to involve the community and provide support for healthy lifestyles.” These professionals will be equipped with advanced practical skills, educational skills, management skills, and leadership, so that residents in the community can live their entire lives securely and as they wish.