Kinjo University was opened in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture in 2000, based on the philosophy “the development of human resources to lead the welfare society in the future.” Though it started only with the Faculty of Social Work, it has grown into a university with 3 faculties and a graduate school, founding the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2007, and the Faculty of Nursing and the Graduate School of Rehabilitation in 2015.
Kinjo University develops human resources adaptable to needs for greater sophistication and diversity in the fields of health, medical care, welfare, and education. It has provided society with graduates who have a broad range of general knowledge and practical skills, as well as a rich sense of humanity.
Kinjo University addresses a variety of activities to function as a local center in the fields of health, medical care and welfare, as well as education. In addition, it actively participates in social contribution activities, utilizing its research resources, in close collaboration with Hakusan City and other neighboring local governments, local enterprises, economic organizations, medical institutions, and neighboring universities.
Faculty of Social Work
The Faculty of Social Work’s Department of Social Work has two divisions, consisting of studies in four fields. Courses within the Division of Social Work all feature the active supervision of local medical and welfare facilities as students develop specialties based on social welfare. On the other hand, the Division of Childhood Care and Education improves not just specialties related to children, but also aims to cultivate talent able to face matters that include the social environments surrounding children; students study a curriculum with a broadened coverage of the domain of regional welfare.
Division of Social Work
The Division of Social Work consists of three courses: the Social Work Course, the Care Work Course, and the Healthcare/Welfare Business Course.
In the Social Work Course, students will study the spirit and systems of social welfare, from social work skills to psychology, as well as the basics of medical science. Students will become experts in matters of physical and mental disabilities and household environments, consulting with individuals and families that need support in their daily lives, and coordinating social resources to provide support.
In the Care Work Course, students will learn the high-level communication skills and specialized knowledge needed to become nursing care leaders. Additionally, students will work to expand their knowledge and skills by working with preventative care and activities that help many to live longer, healthier lives.
In the Healthcare/Welfare Business Course, students will study not only social welfare, but also a wide variety of other skills, including the basics of business administration, the operation and management of medical and welfare facilities, and other business skills, with the goal of cultivating talent capable of providing administrative support for medical and welfare facilities. Students will acquire not only knowledge and skills, but will learn to take welfare to heart in their interpersonal service abilities.
Each course is built on its specialty and features a curriculum designed to provide students with the abilities needed to acquire the qualifications needed to take the examination to become a certified social worker. Students will also be able to experience training at locations such as support facilities for the disabled or for the elderly. Our goal is to imbue students with realizations that some things, such as the importance of communication skills, cannot be fully taught in a classroom, as students learn through trial and error what their true aptitudes and hopes are.
Division of Childhood Care and Education
The Division of Childhood Care and Education makes use of the on-campus kindergarten environment, allowing students to have daily contact through all four years of their studies. In order to train students to learn the skills necessary to handle the changing realities of childcare, and to help them receive the skills and licenses needed to become pre-school or kindergarten teachers, the course is designed with practical experiences and training to make the most of each student’s hopes for the future and personal uniqueness.
Naturally, the curriculum is designed to prepare students to receive childcare worker (pre-school teacher) and type-1 kindergarten teacher licenses, as well as to provide the qualifications needed to take the examination to become a certified social worker. Students will gain a wide variety of knowledge in both the fields of childcare and early child education, as well as in regards to parents and guardians and regional society.
Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Therapy. Together, these departments train the physical and occupational therapists of tomorrow. In our aging yet increasingly health-oriented society, functional recovery is certainly key, but so too are maintaining and promoting health among the elderly, as we see through the increasing roles played by various physical and occupational therapies today. Within the Faculty of Health Sciences, we maintain a focus on both medical treatment and healthcare, aiming to cultivate physical and occupational therapists able to understand their patients’ wants and needs.
Students will acquire the skills and knowledge needed for Japan’s top-level cutting-edge therapies, using facilities such as a bathtub for aquatic walking therapy and equipment used to perform 3D motion analysis.
Department of Physical Therapy
In the Department of Physical Therapy, students will receive the training needed to work within the field of physical therapy — in other words, students will become physical therapists. To meet the diversifying and increasingly sophisticated needs of physical therapy, students receive not just short-term technical training, but a full four-year curriculum of general education that will enable them to serve society as physical therapists after graduation. The curriculum is designed to provide comprehensive support to help students achieve the necessary qualifications to pass the physical therapy state examination, becoming fully qualified physical therapists. These include the qualifications needed for the physical therapy state examination and to be appointed as a social welfare officer, as well as to become a welfare living environment coordinator or a care manager. Students will learn to view the world not only from a medical standpoint, but also from a variety of other cultivated viewpoints, such as welfare, enabling them to contribute to the medical teams of tomorrow.
Department of Occupational Therapy
In the Department of Occupational Therapy, students will receive the training needed to work within the field of occupational therapy — in other words, students will become occupational therapists. A physical therapist’s work is not to simply heal sickness or paralysis, but to lead patients in improving their lives by using their remaining abilities, providing lifestyle-wide healing. To achieve this goal, it is vital to develop the communication skills necessary to understand patients’ lifestyles and their thoughts, as well as to gain a great deal of knowledge of medical and social welfare, and the skills to work together with specialist staff. First-year students of the Faculty of Health Sciences will find that many courses are shared between the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Therapy. This organically leads to strengthened connections between students in both departments and better mutual understandings of each other’s specialties, teaching students the importance of cooperation. Students will also take in the expertise of the Faculty of Social Welfare, mastering the knowledge and skills needed to apply the spirit of welfare to their work with their patients.
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing
Kinjo University’s Faculty of Nursing is preceded by its Faculty of Social Work and Faculty of Health Sciences, which have established themselves through both their results and their networks. This department cultivates medical care providers who understand the spirit of welfare, who have highly trained specialties, and who provide close care, placing patients’ lives and feelings above all else. The Faculty of Nursing consists of two departments that both train nurses that will be deeply involved in the medical care environment of tomorrow, and offers a curriculum designed to combine these two departments and allow them to influence each other. In addition to counseling and volunteering activities, students will study common subjects such as rehabilitation theory. Students will also expand their horizons through joint studies and other activities that transcend individual faculties, developing the wide range of communication abilities needed in both the medical and welfare fields. Working with the neighboring public hospital will allow our students to get the high-level education that Kinjo University is known for, as we work toward our goal of cultivating the type of talent that will be able to take a leadership role in the medical teams of tomorrow.