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  • Locations: Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Language of Study: English, Spanish Class Level: Graduate Students, Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Faculty-Led, Study Abroad Student Type: Binghamton and SUNY Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, No Deviations Allowed Program Advisor: Carson Downs:
Program Description:

Dominican Republic Community Health Program


Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information

This program is planned to run next in the winter intersession of January 2019.

The intent of this project is to provide Decker School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students with a six credit academic international experience in the Dominican Republic. 

The program is typically open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. However, sophomores will also be considered for admission on an individual basis. If you are a sophomore interested in participating in the program, please email and immediately to inquire about eligibility. This will be dependent upon factors such as your amount of past volunteer experience, EMS or first aid work, maturity and flexibility, and language experience. 

Participants will travel to the rural Juan Dulio area of the Dominican Republic with a faculty member from the school who is knowledgeable about the region and fluent in Spanish. The students and the faculty member will engage in direct care of individuals in two established clinics in the region. The students will also participate in health education to address health-promoting behaviors to mitigate the impact of major sources of morbidity and mortality (accidental injury, diabetes, cardiovascular risk and infectious environmental disease). Students will also benefit from presentations by faculty and local health care providers regarding local culture, health practices and health problems. This will provide the students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge about medical and nursing education and practice in the Dominican Republic.

The program faculty director, Laura Terriquez-Kasey, is a faculty member in the Decker School of Nursing. She has relevant professional education and experience to direct the program. Professor Terriquez-Kasey is prepared educationally as a certified emergency nurse specialist and medical surgical clinical nurse specialist. During summers and semester breaks Professor Terriquez-Kasey serves as a member of the Episcopal Mission Medical Team. She has traveled to the Dominican Republic, specifically to Juan Dulio and the surrounding area once or twice a year for more than a decade. In that role Professor Terriquez-Kasey has become intimately knowledgeable about the peoples of this region including their culture, life style and health problems. She is knowledgeable about existing services and is able to access experiences for students who participate in the program.


The region of the Dominican Republic where the program takes place is rural and remote, away from the resort areas of the nation. It is impoverished with limited services and major health problems, such as accidents, high rates of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular illness, and environmental illness resulting from water and food borne pathogens. Under the auspices of the World Health Organization, the Episcopal Mission Team of the Dominican Republic has established a construction team to address infrastructure of the region and a medical team to improve the health of the region. The medical team has agreed to host the program by providing access to two clinics in the area, organizing health promotion events, providing speakers, etc. to assist the program participants in their learning.


The program is projected to run between December 28 to January 11, 2019. 

Academic Features

Students enrolled in this program complete coursework and receive credit for NURS 375 (for undergraduate students) or NURS 575 (for graduate students).This class provides nursing students the opportunity for an academic international experience. Coursework will begin shortly before departure - students will receive several briefings to prepare them for the tropical environment. The following two weeks students are in the Dominican Republic where they work with clinicians from the United States and the Dominican Republic. This includes several days of nursing activities in a number of clinics supported by the Episcopal dioceses clinics. The students will also work at a major public regional medical center and make community health visits. The goal is to provide students with broad exposure to nursing in another culture and to practicing nursing in another language. The expectations are rigorous, as this is a six credit course.

Student Life

Students stay in double rooms at a safe hotel resort. Each student will have access to a safe where they can lock their important belongings. 

Cultural Activities
In addition to the hours spent volunteering in a clinical setting and conducting home health visits, students will also be able to spend several hours participating in cultural activities such as horseback riding and snorkeling during their time in the Dominican Republic. 

Application Process

Click "apply now" to get your application started. You will be required to complete some basic information, write a brief statement explaining why you would like to participate in the program, give permission for your academic transcript to be viewed, and get two academic references. 

Estimate of Costs

Please click to download the January 2017 program Estimate of Costs here: DR 2017 Winter cost sheet.pdf
Please note this is subject to change.

Financial Aid: Since this summer program is 6 credits, students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. 

Scholarships: students applying for this program are encouraged to apply for
the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here

For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.

 Other Information

You can find more photos from this program on our IEGI facebook page here.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/28/2018 01/11/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.