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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 the first designations for health care organizations were awarded in 2012. Currently, 56 institutions hold the NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation.

2017 COE Admission Process - CLOSED

Please read the 2017 COE Handbook for helpful hints, eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline, and fees. 


2016 COE Schools and Organizations Announced

Click here to read the press release announcing the 2016 COE schools and organizations.
Click here to see all Centers of Excellence schools listed by designation.