NLN Applauds 2023 Centers of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education

NLN Applauds 2023 Centers of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education

Award Ceremony Planned for Honors Convocation Event during NLN Education Summit

Washington, DC — Nine nursing education programs across the country and the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing, as well as leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites, have been named 2023 National League for Nursing Centers of Excellence™ (COE). Formal recognition will take place during the 2023 NLN Education Summit at the Honors Convocation on Saturday, September 30.

2023 NLN Centers of Excellence

Promotes the pedagogical expertise of faculty

  • Galen College of Nursing
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Enhances student learning and professional development

  • The Ohio State University
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Washtenaw Community College

Advances the science of nursing education

  • Widener University

Congratulating the exceptional institutions named NLN Centers of Excellence, NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, assistant dean of undergraduate programs at Michigan State University in Lansing, said, “We all understand that it takes a village of scholars and visionary leaders to co-collaborate to create and sustain educational excellence. Those individuals—faculty, deans, staff and administrators—deserve our deepest gratitude. NLN Centers of Excellence faculty and leadership have proven themselves willing and ready to share their expertise, best practices and insights with the entire nursing education community.” 

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FANN said, “NLN Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and inclusive excellence that are nurturing the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community.”

Since 2004, the National League for Nursing has encouraged nursing programs to apply to become a COE based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, student learning and professional development, and academic progression in nursing. Historically, many programs have achieved recognition in multiple categories or once designated, have maintained their COE status through multiple award cycles.

Information about the COE program and application process can be found online at For more information about the 2023 NLN Education Summit, including online registration, visit


About the National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,000 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

July 13, 2023


Michael Keaton, Deputy Chief Communications Officer