Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to the NLN's Center of Excellence (COE) program. For the most complete and update information on the application process, please download the COE handbook. 

The 2022 Centers of Excellence application process is now OPEN.

  •  Please complete an "Intent to Apply" online application by clicking here.
  • You can read about the intent to apply application in the 2022 COE Handbook.
  • Click to download the 2022 COE Intent to Apply (PDF) to view the questions in the online application.
  • Note: The initial application fee is $250, the final application fee varies. Please see the handbook for details.
  • If you would like to process a credit card payment please CLICK HERE.

 Recognition by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education distinguishes those schools and healthcare organizations that demonstrate sustained, evidence-based, and substantive innovation in a selected area; conduct ongoing research to document the effectiveness of such innovation; set high standards for themselves; and are committed to continuous quality improvement. This recognition indicates a commitment as a whole to pursue and sustain excellence.


Application Timeline

October 29

Application of intent to pursue designation and filing fee due.

January- March

COE adviser visits

April 15

Final application and fee due

May - June

COE Review Panel reviews applications

June - July

All applicants notified


Recipients announced at the NLN Education Summit


Filing Fee

$250 for application of intent.

Consultant Fee

Variable - arrangements made by applicant and consultant

Final Application Fee