Schools seeking designation as NLN Centers of
Excellence must submit an Application
of Intent to
Pursue Designation, accompanied by the filing fee,
by October 15. This application will provide
demographic information about the school, indicate
the specific category for which the designation of
excellence is being sought, and summarize activities
related to each criterion.
A consultant, selected by the NLN, will visit each
school that has submitted a preliminary application
to guide faculty and students in highlighting their
strengths and emphasizing their uniqueness.
Consultants also provide answers to questions related
to the Centers of Excellence Program or preparation of the final application.
All expenses related to this visit are the responsibility of the school. The
consultant will write a summary of the visit and submit it to the school.
The final application must
document how all components of each criterion in the selected category
arefulfilled by all programs offered by the school. This application
must describe relevant activities, initiatives, and outcomes that serve to
create an environment where excellence is pervasive. Since the supportive
evidence is intended to showcase the school's excellence in the selected category,
the material submitted will be unique to each school. This final application
is due on or before May 15 and must be accompanied by the
remaining application fee.
The Centers of Excellence committee will examine all application
materials in June and make recommendations to the NLN Board of Governors about
Center of Excellence designations.
All applicant schools will be notified of the outcome of
the review and approval process in July.
Those schools selected as NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing
Education will be granted that designation for the next four academic years
and may use the designation and special logo in their promotional material.
Schools not selected as Centers of Excellence may re-apply in subsequent years.