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Welcome to Nagano College of Nursing


History and Overview
Nagano College of Nursing was established in 1995 by Nagano Prefecture for bachelor level four-year nursing education, and has grown to accommodate graduate programs for Master's and Doctor's degrees since 1999. Our aim is to contribute to promotion of health of people through outstanding education and research in nursing.

Nagano Prefecture is famous for its longevity of inhabitants and low medical expenses, and nurses have greatly contributed to these achievements. In our undergraduate program, all the students take community nursing practicum and, upon completion of the program, become qualified for applying for the National Examinations to obtain the license of Public Health Nurse in addition to that of Registered Nurse. Our graduates are taking important roles as staff nurses, Certified Nurse Specialists, nursing administrators, and professors in various institutions.

Our campus is located in Komagane City, a countryside small town in Ina Valley between the Central and Southern Japanese Alps at an altitude of 3000 meters. Students learn nursing and liberal arts enjoying the beauty of nature and the cool comfortable climate as well as the friendly atmosphere of the town.





Foundational Philosophy
Our foundational philosophy is:
 "The educational environment helps students discover and develop their own potential to their maximum extent. Each student is unique and therefore talents and potentials are different within any student group."
This philosophy was put forward by the first president Dr. Takako Mitoh who expressed it in our language that literally means: "so that each student's unique gifted potential evolves into full bloom."

Greeting from President

 I was formally inaugurated as president of Nagano College of Nursing on April 1, 2018.

 NCN has marked 23 years since the establishment in 1995. By the end of March, 2018, NCN had turned out 1704 graduates with Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and 174 graduates with Master’s or Doctor’s degree in Nursing.

 The environment of human life is rapidly changing. The advance of technology has lowered the barriers such as time, distance, and even the difference of languages that had limited our life. On the other hand, the change may sometimes discord with biological, social, and spiritual nature of human beings. The nurses who care for those who suffer in the time of this great transition need to have a global view and deep understanding of humanity. This means that nurses need to pay attention on global aspects of the problem and how it affects humanity while applying the notion of caring and wisdom to their nursing practice and taking initiatives for desirable changes as well as keeping sound traditions in their work. We believe that students can cultivate such an attitude and behavior in NCN, by discovering and developing their own potential to their maximum extent just as our foundational philosophy tells.

 In addition, I would love to make best efforts to change our college into "Magnet College" that draws people from inside and outside Japan while I promote and enrich its friendly atmosphere and academic environment and make NCN known to the world by its excellence and originality of education and research.

 Join us to study the art and science of nursing.


Akio Kitayama, Ph.D.

Official Video of Nagano College of Nursing




Official Video of Komagane City