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Program Description:

Thailand PhotoNOTE:  This course is only open to senior Nursing students.  It satisfies NURS 495 as well as the major-specific ELI requirement, and the QuEST cross-cultural requirement.
This course is an Alternative Senior Nursing Practicum (NURS 495 CNX) to Chiang Mai, Thailand. For NURS 495 CNX, the clinical experience is set at Nakornping Hospital and the local community of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Students will spend a total of 80 hours in the clinical setting assessing, planning, and implementing nursing care and evaluating the outcomes of nursing care, especially in an international setting. Discussions for this aspect of the course are designed to allow students to analyze and evaluate the multiple issues and situations which impact a Thai community.  Throughout the course students will sharpen their insights into global health issues and cross-cultural understanding as well as explore careers in international nursing or mission nursing.  As an ELI designated course, students will use a systematic process as they synthesize, reflect on, connect to, and articulate the value of experiential learning as it relates personally and professionally.
For the cross-cultural and ELI components, students examine the history, geography, political environment, and culture of Thailand through readings, formal and informal conversations, guest speakers, and visits to cultural and historical sites.

Estimated Course Fee: $5,000


Faculty Biography:
Debbie Loop and her husband, Greg Loop, designed and led this course for 10 years. Debbie is an Associate Professor of Nursing and has taught at Messiah College for over 23 years. Greg, CEO and President of Family Services of NWPA, is fluent in Thai and serves as a great resource in navigating within the Thai culture. All three of their daughters have been to Thailand. Their youngest daughter studied in Thailand and received her TEFL Certification through Chiang Mai University. Their love for the Thai culture have sparked their interest in pursuing a life of retirement in northern Thailand.

Other Information:
Syllabus + Eli.pdf
PP 1 2018.ppt

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2019 09/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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