NEXus (NUrsing Education XChange) Collaborative

The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is a member of NEXus (The Nursing Education Xchange). NEXus is collaboration between participating doctoral programs in nursing that allows doctoral students enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution for a common price. Our NEXus liaison,Heath Burge, Campus Staff Coordinator, facilitates the registration and transcription of these courses from partner institutions. You can view currently available course in the Course Catalog at NEXus.

Registration Deadlines,Enrollment Procedures, and Transcript Requests

The student is responsible for meeting the registration and payment deadlines of the institution that is offering the course. In most cases, this will not coincide with your home institution's calendar, so advanced planning with regard to finances and academics is critical. For a complete list of registration deadlines of participating institutions, please visit Registration Information. To view a complete list of deadlines for The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, please visit our Admissions and Records page. 

Students interested in participating in courses should review the NEXus Student Enrollment Procedures and proceed with completing the NEXus Tracking/Enrollment Form. The procedures and form is also available at the NEXus Registration Information page. 

Students outside of the OUHSC CON will apply through Apply OUHSC Application as a Special Student. Please select the NEXus Special Student code:1299NEXus. If at any time you need assistance with your online application, please contact Debbie Shell at (405) 271-2359 ext. 47807. 

Interested participants will also need to sign and return the OUHSC CON Encryption Exception form

Once the semester has been completed, a student may request their transcript through Admissions and Records.

Financial Considerations

Current NEXus common prices may be found on their website under Cost for a Course . The common price is adjusted once/year for the following academic calendar. This fee is intended to cover all associated university fees such as technology, library, or application fees. As with all courses, you are responsible for the cost of your books and educational materials.

Please note, there is no fee with the application or to request the final transcript.

NEXus Policy and Procedures- OUHSC CON Students

Students enrolled in the PhD program at OUCN are required to complete 9 credits of cognate coursework. Students may select course offerings available through NEXus to meet this requirement with approval from their advisor and the PhD Program Director.

Students who are taking a NEXus course to meet the 9 credits of cognate coursework that are required AND who have advisor approval along with Program Director approval, will pay the OUHSC tuition rate. The College of Nursing will provide additional funds to cover the gap between the OUHSC tuition and the NEXus common price if there is in fact a gap. PhD students are limited to a maximum of 9 credits of tuition assistance for NEXus courses. 

Students may choose to take additional courses beyond the coursework required by either of the doctoral programs. In this situation, the student is responsible for the full OUHSC NEXus tuition at the actual NEXus common price. 

NEXus courses may not be used as substitute courses for required core courses in the PhD Program without specific approval of the Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In general, students are expected to take the required core courses at OUCN. Students with extenuating circumstances may submit a petition to the Program Director requesting permission to take a NEXUS course as a substitute for a required core course taught at OUCN. Courses are subject to the maximum allowable number of courses for tuition assistance by program [PhD program: 9 credits].

OUHSC CON students need to also complete the NEXus Approval to Enroll form. This form is to be completed and submitted to your Advisor and Program Director for approval. 

Academic Considerations

  • Decisions about selecting a NEXus course must be made in consultation with your academic advisor/committee chair.
  • Students enrolled in a NEXus course must meet all course requirements.
  • Students are encouraged to contact the course faculty in advance to ensure that they understand the course requirements: for example, prerequisite courses, vacation periods, on-campus requirements, technology requirements, synchronous versus asynchronous discussions.

The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing provides financial assistance to those Ph.D. students enrolling in NEXUS courses to meet the required 9 hours of cognate courses. The financial support is to cover the difference between OUCN tuition and the NEXus common price. In other words, OUCN students will pay the same tuition and fees for a NEXus course as they would for an OUCN course. For D.N.P. students, OUCN provides financial support for 3 hours of electives. If a student wishes to take a NEXUS course and it is beyond the 9 hours of cognates required in the Ph.D. program or the 3 hours of electives in the D.N.P. program, the student may do so; however, the student will be responsible for the tuition costs.

For assistance in registering for and enrolling in a NEXus course contact:

Heath Burge                                           
Campus Staff Coordinator                      

Jo Azzarello
Campus Faculty Coordinator




Sooner Nursing: Integrity, Compassion, Excellence