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Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education


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 currently thirty-five schools proudly display the COE designation. The first designations for health care organizations were awarded to three institutions in 2012.

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.

View the newly announced 2015 NLN Centers of Excellence.

The 2016 application cycle is now open. Download your initial application and submit by the deadline October 15th.

- Intent Form Schools
- Intent Form Health Care Organizations (HCO)
- Continuing Designation School
- Continuing Designation HCO

Please direct all queries about the Centers of Excellence program to