College of Nursing

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●School of Nursing (Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD Programs)
●Master’s Degree Program in Aging and Long-Term Care

The predecessor of the College of Nursing is the School of Nursing.
The current School of Nursing began with a 3-year Associate
Program in Nursing established in 1969, followed by the creation
of the School of Nursing in 1975. The School of Nursing aims to
cultivate virtuous and high-quality professionals with nursing
background to meet the special demands in Southern Taiwan. In
order to increase the learning channels for nurses and upgrade
educational level, the MS. Program- the third MS. Program in
Nursing in Taiwan, was established in 1991. The College, the
second College of Nursing within universities in Taiwan, was
established in 1999 when Kaohsiung Medical College was renamed
Kaohsiung Medical University.
Owing to the outstanding educational accountability of the
Graduate Institute of Nursing, ten years after the establishment of
the MS. Program, the Doctoral Program in Nursing was founded in
2001 (the second one in Taiwan). In the same year, the Graduate
Institute of Gender Studies was established (the second one in
Taiwan, and the only Institute of Gender Studies set up in a medical
university.) The Institute integrates sociology and gender studies
to give healthcare education and research diverse perspectives of
thinking and resources, which multiplies and enriches teaching
and research approaches. This unique feature has gained high
praise both domestically and internationally.
The Graduate Institute of Gender Studies was affiliated with the
College of Humanities and Social Science in accordance with
KMU’s organizational restructuring in 2012. In 2013, the College
established the “Master’s Degree Program in Aging and Long-
Term Care” to meet the demands of the elderly population in
contemporary society, and to cultivate professional long-term
care specialists with professional competence and humanism.
Based on the philosophy of “Holistic Education” and the vision
of “Leading Nursing and Lon-term Care Profession in line with
international trends”, the College is dedicated to outstanding and
innovative teaching, research and service. Our goal is to educate
our students to be multidisciplined professionals and researchers in
nursing as well as long-term care with global views and humanist
values. The following are the developmental focal points:
1.Novel Teaching Facilities, Adequate Learning Space: The College
is equipped with specialized classrooms, such as: “Teaching
Center for Basic Clinical Skills", " Demolab for Nutriology “,

“Demolab for Traditional Chinese Medicine Nursing" and “Selflearning
Computer Center", and regularly updates its software
and hardware facilities, which meet students’ learning needs.
2.Integration of Diverse Teaching Methods into Curriculum: Our
teachers apply diverse methods such as Objective Structured
Clinical Examination (OSCE), Problem-Based Learning ( PBL),
Concept Mapping, Interprofessional and Team-Based Learning
(TBL), and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in classroom
teaching, and create a quality learning environment that fosters
interactive environment, autonomous learning, teamwork and
critical thinking in students.
3.Active International Academic Exchanges: The College opens
study abroad courses at each academic program, and signed
exchange agreements with several globally renowned nursingrelated
academic institutions in the United States, Japan and
Hong Kong, for which foreign scholars are often invited for
joint teaching and lectures, and overseas visits and studies are
regularly organized to expand faculty and students’ international
perspective.
4.Thorough Combination of Theory and Clinical Practice: Our
teachers do both classroom teaching and clinical practice
instruction, to achieve the goal of emphasizing both theory and
practice, as well as aligning curriculum with clinical practice.
5.Interdisciplinary Industry-university Cooperation and R&D
Linked Up with Practice: The College actively establishes
partnerships with health and long-term care institutions,
expanding research resources, and developing cross-school and
interdisciplinary industry-university cooperation programs and
integrated research projects based on clinical practice, to
enhance the quality of care in clinical practice.
As for the outlook, in order to secure its educational accountability
and cultivate professionals in line with the demands of the nation
and society, the College will persevere with the following
endeavors: Promoting course reforms, developing Interprofessional
teaching in a long-term care enhancing research capacity, promoting
industry-university cooperative research projects; fostering student
recruitment and counselling, caring for disadvantaged and highrisk
students, strengthening career counselling, increasing students’
employment competency, expanding international academic
exchange and collaboration, and finally, enlarging faculty and
students’ international perspective and competitiveness.

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