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Physiology of Disabilities
Managua, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: WinTerm
Budget Sheets WinTerm
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
WinTerm 2015 10/15/2014 10/20/2014 01/06/2015 01/20/2015
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hotels
Language Courses Offered: No Internships Available: No
Faculty Led: Yes Exchange Program: No
Program Description:

Physiology of Disabilities in Nicaragua


Program Cost
Faculty Leader


After completing online curriculum, begin your travels in the capital city of Managua. Gain a deeper understanding of the body and disabilities through experiential lessons about the causes, consequences, prognoses and treatment of diseases and injuries. Compare Nicaraguan health care with that of the US. Educational opportunities include, but are certainly not limited to, training with a rural volunteer fire department, touring hospitals, working in a pharmacy, shadowing physicians, staying with a host family (two nights), learning how to make burn therapy dressings, working with children with disabilities, and more.  Cultural excursions include: Masaya Volcano and National Park, local markets, zipline, boating on Lake Nicaragua, tours of the historic cities of Granada and Leon.


Location: Managua, Nicaragua

Many of the peoples of Managua are living in poverty and under harsh conditions, making their need for physiological support that much more cherished. Help the people of this struggling nation get back on their feet as you practice your ability to diagnoses and help treat common illnesses prevalent in Managua. Witness community members rise above their struggles in the midst of a difficult situation because of your help and support.

Activities and site visits may include but are not limited to: Nindiri Volunteer Fire Department, Masaya Volcano and National Park, Masaya Market, Tiscapa Lagoon, and the Tipitapa Library for children with special needs.

Expect 70-90 degrees warm this time of year in Nicaragua!

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Sophomore status or above at time of participation
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Prerequisites: BIO-132, Human Biology or BIO-234, Physiology and Anatomy


Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a total of 3 credits for:

BIO-220, Physiology of Disabilities

Grading will be based upon a variety of assignments that will allow students to demonstrate their own understanding of course materials, attendance and class participation. Pre and post trip work will be required online. A final report will be submitted upon return. 
This course is required for all vocational rehabilitation students and is an elective course for applied science majors. Speak with your major advisor for any other course equivalencies.

This course will help students fulfill university requirements in the following areas:

Global perspective requirement


Accommodation: Students will be housed in Las Mercedes hotel while in Managua. Students will stay in hotels of similar quality while in San Juan del Sur and other locations.

Meals: All meals will be provided and arranged by the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners organization. The cost will be included in the program fee.

Travel: Group flights will be purchased for all participants and the cost of the flight is already included in the program fee. The faculty leader will accompany the students on their flight.

Passport: All students must have a valid U.S. passport for entrance into the Nicaragua. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity as it must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date to the U.S.

Visa: Students are not required to obtain a visa for the duration of this program. If you are not a U.S. passport holder the requirements may be different for you. Please contact your consulate or the Office of International Education for more information.


The final program cost will be determined by the number of participants, shortly after the application deadline. The program cost includes tuition, health insurance, housing, meals, cultural activities, airfare, and in country transportation.

Passport fees and personal expenses are not included in the tuition and are paid directly by the students.

See budget sheet for cost details. Students taking at least 2 credits are eligible for win-term financial aid. Win-term financial aid needs to be applied for separately. For more information, meet with a financial aid counselor in 210 Bowman Hall.

Faculty Leader Information

Professor: Ann Parsons
Phone: 715.232.2563
Office: 331E JHSW