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Procedure for Initial Designation

A printer-friendly version of this information can be found on page 8 of the handbook.

  • Applicants 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 will provides demographic
    information about the applicant, 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 organization that has submitted a preliminary application to guide the applicant team 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 applicant. The consultant will write a summary of the visit and submit it to the school.

  • The final 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 applicant's excellence in the selected category, the material submitted will be unique to each applicant. This final application is due on or before May 15 and must be accompanied by the remaining application fee.

  • The Centers of Excellence review panel will examine all application materials in June and make recommendations to the NLN Board of Governors about Center of Excellence designations.

  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review and approval process in July.

  • Those 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. Applicants not selected as Centers of Excellence may re-apply in subsequent years, according to the application cycle.

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