Schools selected as NLN Centers of Excellence will be
expected to participate in interviews about achievements
related to each criterion, the impact the Center of
Excellence designation had on student and faculty
recruitment and retention, contributions to nursing
science, and other relevant outcomes.
COE-designated schools are encouraged to continue
the designation after the initial four year period. Schools
that wish to continue this distinction for an additional
four years should review the information about
Continuing Designation. There is no limit to the
number of times a school may submit an application
for continuing designation as an NLN Center of
Excellence in Nursing Education, and schools may hold
designation in more than one category simultaneously.
Throughout the four years they carry designation as Center
or Excellence, schools will be expected to be available to other schools seeking
to improve their programs.
Before their four-year COE designation expires, these schools
are required to submit (a) an abstract for presentation at an NLN Education
Summit, and (b) a manuscript for review and possible publication in the NLN's
journal, Nursing Education
Perspectives. Both of these submissions must describe the school's
activities related to the Centers of Excellence designation.
COE designated schools must be NLN members at time of application
and are required to maintain NLN membership and accreditation throughout the