Excelsior College Enters 15th Year as a Nursing Center of Excellence

In 2019, Excelsior College entered its 15th year as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, a coveted designation granted to select schools by the National League for Nursing. Excelsior College’s designation lasts through 2021.

The National League for Nursing awards the designation to schools of distinction after a rigorous selection process. To earn a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation, a higher education institution achieves a level of excellence in a specific area. Excelsior College was recognized for “enhanced student learning and professional development.”

The designation recognizes not only the innovations and commitment of a school but also the sustainability of excellence in the programs the school offers students.

“We receive our share of accolades and they’re all important and appreciated, but this one is special for everyone in the administration and faculty,” said Dr. Mary Lee Pollard, dean of the Excelsior College School of Nursing. “The Center of Excellence designation recognizes us for achievement in our primary missions at Excelsior—offering students a quality education and helping them develop the skills they need for professional success as a nurse.”

Excelsior College offers associate, RN to BS, RN to MS, and master’s degree programs in nursing. The programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

More than 44,000 nursing students have graduated from Excelsior College’s associate degree nursing program alone. The nursing programs reflect Excelsior College’s commitment to accessibility to a quality education as well as to support services for students to complete their degree.

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About Excelsior College

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The college contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are— academically and geographically—removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity.