The NLN Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education designation is designed for schools of nursing and health care organizations that have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction, the program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, commitment, and sustainability of excellence these organizations convey.
The first designations were awarded to schools of nursing in 2004 and the first designations for health care organizations were awarded in 2012. Currently, 48 institutions hold the NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation.
Detailed information about the program, including goals, eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline, and fees is included in the NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education handbook.