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Nursing Schools in Colorado

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College-bound students can readily access a full list of accredited nursing programs in Colorado by researching the schools below or with our proprietary search technology. Decisions you will need to ponder include the best nursing college in Colorado, degree pathways, and vocational options. The nursing degrees to consider include a number of certificate programs, undergraduate degrees (ADN, BNS, LPN to BSN, Second Degree BSN), and graduate degrees (MSN, DNSc, PhD). Learning modality is embedded with the degree decision as you can complete your degree in a traditional classroom setting, fully online, or in a hybrid program. The growing number of exciting fields of study in nursing allow students to follow a traditional degree or dive into a niche program like family practice nurse or nursing administration. Students successfully completing the degree requirements as established by the college, will need to apply for licensure from the Colorado Nursing Board after passing the NCLEX exam. Collect any number of free admissions packets via accredited universities offering degrees in nursing with our search tools and nursing resources.

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Top Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Programs in Colorado By Number of Graduates

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LPN program students enrolled.

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Front Range Community College Westminster, CO LPN frontrange.edu
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Mesa State College Grand Junction, CO LPN coloradomesa.edu
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Morgan Community College Fort Morgan, CO LPN morgancc.edu
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Emily Griffith Technical College Denver, CO LPN
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Northeastern Junior College Sterling, CO LPN njc.edu
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Otero Junior College La Junta, CO LPN ojc.edu
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Pickens Technical College Aurora, CO LPN
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Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO LPN coloradomtn.edu
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in Colorado By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

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Front Range Community College Westminster, CO ADN-RN frontrange.edu
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Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO ADN-RN ppcc.edu
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Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO ADN-RN pueblocc.edu
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Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO ADN-RN arapahoe.edu
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Concorde Career College - Aurora Aurora, CO ADN-RN concorde.edu
Denver School of Nursing Denver, CO ADN-RN denvercollegeofnursing.edu
Mesa State College Grand Junction, CO ADN-RN coloradomesa.edu
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Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO ADN-RN coloradomtn.edu
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Otero Junior College La Junta, CO ADN-RN ojc.edu
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Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad, CO ADN-RN
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Morgan Community College Fort Morgan, CO ADN-RN morgancc.edu
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Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely, CO ADN-RN cncc.edu
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National American University - Denver Denver, CO ADN-RN national.edu
Aims Community College Greeley, CO ADN-RN aims.edu
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Lamar Community College Lamar, CO ADN-RN lamarcc.edu
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College America - Denver Denver, CO ADN-RN collegeamerica.edu
Northeastern Junior College Sterling, CO ADN-RN njc.edu
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Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO ADN-RN ccu.edu
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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO ADN-RN coloradotech.edu
National American University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO ADN-RN national.edu

Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Colorado By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

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Regis University Denver, CO BSN regis.edu
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Denver School of Nursing Denver, CO BSN denvercollegeofnursing.edu
University of Colorado Denver Denver, CO BSN
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University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO BSN unco.edu
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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO BSN uccs.edu
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Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver, CO BSN msudenver.edu
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Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO BSN ccu.edu
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Mesa State College Grand Junction, CO BSN coloradomesa.edu
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Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO BSN csupueblo.edu
Platt College - Aurora Aurora, CO BSN plattcolorado.edu
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Colorado Technical University Online Colorado Springs, CO BSN coloradotech.edu
Adams State College Alamosa, CO BSN adams.edu
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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO BSN coloradotech.edu
National American University - Centennial Centennial, CO BSN national.edu
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National American University - Colorado Springs South Colorado Springs, CO BSN national.edu
National American University - Denver Denver, CO BSN national.edu

Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Colorado By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO MSN uccs.edu
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Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO MSN csupueblo.edu
Mesa State College Grand Junction, CO MSN coloradomesa.edu
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Registered Nurses in Colorado can make a salary between $53,000 to $95,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout Colorado.

  • Denver, Aurora, Lakewood: $74,000
  • Colorado Springs: $68,000
  • Boulder: $78,000
  • Fort Collins: $70,000
  • Pueblo: $66,000

Nurse's in Colorado Compared to Median Income Averages

+78% Above State Median Income

+90% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in Colorado take home an average 33.92 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of Colorado average $70,550 which is 78% above the state median income and 90% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.10% of the working population in Colorado and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Colorado.

Average Income for a Nurse in Colorado

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Colorado Nurse 47,590 $33.92 $70,550
State Average 2,635,900 $19.09 $39,707.20
National Average 153156000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $33.92
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.