Introduction

Asia University has been upheld in cultivating outstanding professionals in higher education in the 21st century. Currently, the university has seven colleges, including Medical and Health Science, Management, Information and Electrical Engineering, Creative Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, International, and Artificial Intelligent; 28 schools, 20 master’s programs, and 5 Ph.D. programs. Currently, we have over 12,000 students. The university was established in 2001 as the Taichung College of Health Management with the core principles of establishing a school of health. Four years later, the university was renamed as Asia University and was continued to uphold the motto-health, caring, innovation, and excellence to cultivate elite professionals with human accomplishment, good moral characters, and good attitudes.

The senior population in Taiwan continues to increase, so we enter an aging society. With the trend of chronic diseases and senior medical care along with the promotion of the national healthcare system, the operating concept of “disease treatment centers” has been overturned into the combined operation model of “health preservation”; improving quality of medical health promotion effectively is more urgent. Meanwhile, with the Executive Yuan’s promotion of industries such as biotechnology, green energy, exquisite agriculture, tourism, medical care, and cultural innovation, this university continues to develop professionals in health care and management. According to the long-term educational development plans of the university, we emphasize on developing students’ featured program, promoting faculty development, improving teaching quality, and strengthening academic research. Therefore, the nursing department was established in order to address the needs of future national development and nursing personnel. Organizing the excellent faculty of Nursing Department and clinical resources of China Medical University cultivate  clinical nursing professionals. Simultaneously, establishing the department of nursing will make the school’s healthcare system more complete. Establishing the nursing department will become the cradle for clinical nursing professionals, and it is a decision that cannot be delayed. The nursing department not only develop professionals who can consolidate the health industry, but can also improve the school’s academic research, and  foster nursing professional. Moreover, it will promote the school to develope as a pioneers of health care university.

China Medical University is the largest medical center in the Taichung-Nantou region. In July of 2012, they formed an alliance with Asia University to become united universities. Both universities share resources such as teachers, research resources, teaching equipment and clinical internship. China Medical University Hospital is a medical center with advanced equipment and variety departments such as trauma center, oncology center and children’s hospital. Nursing students are given complete and professional internships to prepare them to be nurses in any department in future so that they can immediately fit in and become adepts. Asia University also has departments of long-term care, bio-medical information, bioengineering, health and nutrition, psychology, and social workers; thus, students in the Department of Nursing can obtain professional certification in multiple fields. Since 2014, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has approved Asia University to establish a hospital at Nanliao Duan in the Wufeng region, neighboring Asia University. Construction have begun in August of 2014 with a total project costing NTD 2 billion. The hospital have 9 floors above ground and 2 floors underground, with a total bed count of 350 being standard beds and 132 being special beds. Operations began at the end of 2015. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has also given approval to construct a nursing home with an initial count of 200 beds, situated next to the hospital to provide the combined services of medicine and care to middle Taiwan so that working families with seniors can work without worry. This will also provide nursing students closer and varied internship opportunities.

Our students who obtain nursing qualifications will be guaranteed to have positions in Asia University Hospital with an annual salary of 600K (including bonus). For students who are passionate, can persevere, and have empathy who wish to enter the medical industry, the Department of Nursing at Asia University is the optimal choice.