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The Principles and Policy of the School of Pharmacy of Nihon University

We hope to help humanity in terms of health and welfare through new approaches to the practice of pharmacy.
Based on these principles, through a unique education system and the conducting of research, we hope to help provide advanced medical care to society by fostering healthcare professionals with high levels of professionalism and ethics.

School of Pharmacy

Under the six-year curriculum, we are educating students to become pharmacists who have knowledge of medicine in order to use it safely and effectively as well as to be able to conduct research into drug discovery and development and to become healthcare providers with creativity and the ability to apply what they know to help others.

Admission Policy

Nihon University, School of Pharmacy, is looking for students who have the following qualities:
  1. They are willing to commit to the health progression of others.
  2. They have enough basic knowledge in order to learn the pharmaceutical sciences.
  3. They are willing to study with intellectual curiosity and be full of creativity.
  4. They will attentively listen to others.
  5. They are willing to work with others to solve problems.
  6. They are balanced human beings with ethics and can empathize with those who are in pain.
  7. They are willing to apply themselves to various activities to contribute to society.

Curriculum Policy

Based on the education standards of the School of Pharmacy, following are the graduation requirements:
  1. From the first year, students will take courses predetermined for them in order to help them have a broad base of knowledge and culture and to learn about the basics of humanism and to discover themselves through sharing opinions with others, gathering information, and analyzing it.

  2. Based on the Model Core Curriculum for the education of student pharmacists, following are the qualities we hope to foster in students:
    ① A readiness to be a pharmacist
    ② Understanding the points of view of patients and customers
    ③ Communication skills
    ④ Committed to working on a healthcare team
    ⑤ Basic knowledge of science
    ⑥ A practical understanding of the ability of therapeutics
    ⑦ A practical understanding of community healthcare
    ⑧ The ability to conduct research
    ⑨ The ability to improve one’s self
    ⑩ The ability to educate one’s self and others

  3. Students will go from having an early exposure to hospitals and pharmacies in their first year to actual clinical practice in their later years to help them better understand the basic qualities and ethics of what it takes to be a pharmacist who is working as a healthcare provider.

  4. From their first year of study until their sixth, students will be able to choose one of the following three specialized pathways in order to become more professional:
    ① The ability to recommend a new and wide range of therapeutics.
    ② The practical skills to work for the community as a pharmacist.
    ③ The ability to run a pharmacy.

  5. By undertaking a graduation research project, we hope that students will have the ability to define a problem, solve it, and finally present their findings in a professional manner.

Diploma Policy

In addition to the goals of education and research in the School of Pharmacy, upon completion of all coursework in order to graduate, following is a list of skills students should attain:
  1. The ability to continue to learn and grown with a career vision.
  2. A sense of ethics as a healthcare provider.
  3. Specialized knowledge and skills that can be used in a practical sense that have been learned from the special education in clinical pharmacy.
  4. The ability to notice and solve problems that may occur in clinical settings.

The Principles and Policy of the Graduate School of Pharmacy of Nihon University

Education and Research Goals

Through the remarkable development of medical technology and diagnostics for healthcare, with the life sciences at the core of the basic sciences, we look to find means to cure illnesses. With the increase in the population of the elderly, and the effects this has on society there is even more demand than ever before for healthcare with contributions from pharmacology. The goal of the graduate school is to help produce leaders of the future with high-level skills in the pharmaceutical sciences who can conduct research independently and in a manner that will be internationally competitive as well as helpful to the whole of society. Furthermore, these leaders in their clinical fields will be able to in turn help produce future generations of highly skilled pharmacists and researchers.

Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.)

The goal of the graduate program is to foster researchers with a high level of abilities to discover one’s own research questions and answer them through a wide knowledge of various topics centered on the clinical sciences in addition to being able to become leaders in their respective fields and making contributions for the betterment of society.

Admission Policy

Through the remarkable development of medical technology and diagnostics for healthcare, with the life sciences at the core of the basic sciences, we look forward to the development of new drug therapies. With the increase in the population of the elderly, and the effects this has on society there is even more demand than ever before for healthcare with contributions from pharmacology. As such, to meet the various needs of society, we look to foster future researchers with a high level of knowledge among a wide range of fields: clinical, health, public health, drug development, the basic sciences, etc…who will become leaders in the pharmacy profession.

Diploma Policy

All candidates will be required to attain 30 or more credits of course study and under the proper research guidance pass a review board of their doctoral thesis within a specified period of time. Upon doing so, they will be conferred a Ph.D. Candidates with superior grades may be able to graduate after three years.

Curriculum Policy

The aim of the program is to foster pharmacists and researchers with the specialized knowledge and gifted research ability to work in clinical settings and/or conduct clinical studies via the following:
  1. The candidate will join a lab and be mentored through their special research in pharmacology.
  2. Candidates will study mandatory courses related to the clinical sciences in order to find answers to various clinical problems.
  3. Candidates will also study a number of electives.
    (1) In order broaden their knowledge, candidates will also study in a second lab.
    (2) To prepare the candidates to become specialists in a field of pharmacy practice, candidates will also have a hospital practice and study subjects in a Graduate School of Medicine.
    (3) Candidates will have the chance to choose courses in basic pharmacology, drug development, public health, clinical pharmacy, etc… to attain a wide breadth of knowledge and a high level of research skills.