Global Health
College of Nursing

Study Abroad

DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Nicaragua Study Abroad

DNP Family Nurse Practitioner(FNP) students enrolled in course NURS8004 have the opportunity to obtain a portion of the required clinical hours at clinical sites in Nicaragua. This inter-professional clinical educational opportunity is in partnership with Brody School of Medicine. FNP students, nurse leadership students, and medical students learn about Nicaragua health care delivery and the Nicaraguan culture while providing clinical services in a variety of settings. Students learn interprofessional practice concepts as they work in teams while nursing and medical faculty serve as clinical preceptors. The Nicaragua study abroad is a two week trip that takes place every February. This model of interprofessional clinical and cultural education in a developing country is one of only two such programs in the United States.

Clinical sites include hospital-based clinics, community-based clinics and rural clinics in remote areas with minimal resources. Given the limited availability of laboratory and radiology testing, students finely tune their skills of observation and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and plan. Clinical foci include:

  • Family practice
  • Adult cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Infectious Diseases


Students pay travel costs and are provided information about grant and organizational funding opportunities. Student members of Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu, are eligible to apply for their annual scholarship awarded to one student who plans to study abroad.

Debra A. Kosko, DNP, MN, FNP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor, coordinates the program. FNP students interested in this unique study abroad opportunity can contact Professor Kosko at 252-747-6421 or email her at

Refer to Study Abroad for qualifications and requirements