International Nursing in the Dominican Republic: A Service Learning Course
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, February 17 - February 26, 2012
The Dominican Republic Medical Mission is a collaborative program between the Department of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint and the Midwest Medical Mission based in Toledo, Ohio. This program provides an opportunity for UM-Flint students to work with faculty and health care professionals as part of the Midwest Medical Mission team at a hospital in the Dominican Republic. This course promotes the respect and understanding of human and cultural diversity, contributes to educating students in an environment that emphasizes critical thinking, and humanistic and scientific inquiry, and provides opportunities to collaborate with local and regional health care institutions from a different culture in the provision of nursing care.
Through this “hands on” service learning course, students are able to apply critical thinking skills, experience a culture different then their own, enhance cultural competence, language, and provide health care to a medically underserved community. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with local and regional health care institutions in the provision of nursing care to individuals experiencing developing world health conditions.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti located between the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. The Dominican Republic is the largest economy in the Central American and Caribbean region although there is a stark contrast between wealth and poverty, modernity and antiquity, rural agricultural regions and crowded cities, mountainous vistas and crowded beaches. The Dominican people are a mixture of cultures woven together with many traditions, strengths, and spirit in the face of poverty.
This course is taught by Clinical Assistant Professor Maureen Tippen from the Nursing department.
Eligibility & Prerequisites
Students must have completed NUR 335 by the end of Fall 2011 or hold an RN license or BSN degree. Participation is limited to 3 students upon consent of faculty, references, and interview with faculty for selection.
This is a 2-credit course being offered in the Winter 2012 term. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:
- NUR 381-International Service Learning in the Dominican Republic
The cost of this program is $724. This includes
- Health Insurance
There is a $300 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 9, 2012. To determine an estimate of all costs, please click here to download a sample budget form.
NOTE*: Not included in the program fee: Tuition charges, airfare, meals, passport.
Scholarships are available to eligible students. To learn more and apply, please visit Study Abroad Scholarships.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Maureen Tippen
Department of Nursing
2180 William S. White Building
* Fees are subject to change due to currency exchange rates