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, Kayla Pullan, Campus Staff Coordinator, facilitates the registration and transcription of these courses from partner institutions

Required Forms

The following forms and documents must be submitted before you will be considered for the NEXus program and will assist with the enrollment process::

Financial Considerations

Current NEXus tuition rates may be found on the website The tuition rate 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.

NEXus courses may qualify for financial aid. If you are receiving aid and plan on taking a NEXus course, please contact Kayla Pullan in Student Affairs to complete and route a University of Oklahoma College of Nursing consortium agreement.

Registration Deadlines

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 the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing calendar so advanced planning financially and academically is critical. Visit for a complete list of registration deadlines.

NEXus Policy and Procedures

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 tuition 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 NEXus tuition at the actual NEXus tuition rate. 

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].

NEXus Procedure:

  1. Doctoral student reviews course offerings for the next semester and enrollment deadlines by checking the NEXus website ( Select “STUDENT” and then go to the Course Catalog link. Courses that will be offered are listed by term.
  2. Student fills out the “Request for Approval to Enroll in NEXus Course” form once a specific course has been identified. 
  3. Student discusses the request to enroll with his/her advisor and receives approval from the advisor. The advisor signs the “Request for Approval to Enroll in NEXus Course” form (See Appendices or OUCN website )
  4. Advisor submits request to the appropriate Program Director. The Program Director reviews the student’s academic program plan and completes the “Request for Approval to Enroll in NEXus Course” form.
  5. Program Director submits the completed “Request for Approval to Enroll in NEXus Course” form to the Campus Staff coordinator [ Kayla Pullan, Student Affairs].
  6. The Campus Staff Coordinator inputs the request into the NEXus system to reserve slot in the course and awaits approval from the Teaching Institution.
  7. The Campus Staff Coordinator checks on the student’s status to determine if there are any ‘holds’ on the student’s account after approval has been received from the Teaching Institution. 30
  8. If approved by the Teaching Institution, Campus Staff Coordinator notifies the student, the Program Director, the Advisor, the Assistant Dean of Finance, Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, and the Bursar.
  9. Campus Staff Coordinator assists student in completing enrollment procedures required by the teaching institution and advises students that if they are seeking to receive financial aid for that semester, they will need to complete a consortium agreement with the Teaching Institution. 
  10. The Bursar’s Office provides a billing statement to the student. The Assistant Dean of Finance works with the Bursar’s Office to ensure tuition assistance is provided if eligible.
  11. At the end of the semester, the student requests a transcript from the Teaching Institution to the Campus Staff Coordinator in the Student Affairs office at OU College of Nursing. Procedures for completing transcript requests vary by Teaching Institution and may be found on the NEXus website.
  12. The Campus Staff Coordinator forwards transcripts received from Teaching Institutions to the Admissions and Records Office so that the course grade can be posted to the OUHSC transcript. A copy of the transcript is also sent to Program Director.
  13. Each Program Director follows up with students enrolled in NEXus courses to gather evaluation data on the course experience.

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 tuition. 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:

Kayla Pullan                                                Jo Azzarello
Campus Staff Coordinator                 Campus Faculty Coordinator
PO Box 26901 - CNB 121                     E:
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901         P: 405-271-1491 ext. 49163
 405-271-1491 ext. 49221
F: (405) 271-7341

Visit for additional course information, registration deadlines and dates.


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