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Eligibility Requirements for Individual Schools


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  • Applicants must be NLN member schools of nursing
    accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.
  • COE designated schools must be NLN members at
    the time of application and are required to maintain
    NLN membership and accreditation throughout the
    designation cycle.
  • Schools with more than one program must show
    evidence of excellence in all programs since COE
    designation is awarded to the school of nursing as
    a whole.
  • Schools applying as a system must show evidence of
    excellence in all programs and degree-granting
    entities and meet the requirements of systems
    eligibility.

Eligibility Requirements for Systems

The applicant must encompass more than one educational setting comprised of a single governing authority who serves as the lead nursing educational administrator (LNEA). This individual is ultimately responsible for sustaining the standards of nursing and education practices.

Applicants applying as a system must meet each of the following requirements in addition to the requirements for individual programs.

  • There must be one organizational mission, vision, and set of values for the entire system.
  • There must be one governing board for the entire system.
  • There must be one lead nursing educational administrator for the entire system.
  • Each component entity shall have a designated RN educational leader.
  • There must be an integrated nursing education curriculum serving the entire system.
  • The same policies and procedures must be used throughout the system.
  • The same systematic evaluation plan must exist throughout the entire system.
A single application will be submitted for the system that addresses all criteria as required.

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