Colorado Registered Nursing Schools and Training Programs (RN Schools)

Career Information for Registered Nurses in Colorado

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A registered nurse (RN), regardless of work setting or specialty, provides health care to patients who are ill or injured. Specialty can determine where an RN works. Most registered nurses work with patients in hospitals, but some work in nursing care facilities, government agencies and educational services.

Registered Nursing Schools in Colorado

To become a registered nurse, there are three typical educational paths--a bachelor's degree (BSN), an associate degree (ADN) or a diploma. Many schools also have accelerated BSN programs for those who already have a bachelor's degree in another field, but want to switch to a career in nursing. All registered nursing programs provide classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experience. Registered nursing programs usually offer courses in health law and ethics, emergency medicine, anatomy, behavioral sciences and human physiology. There are many registered nursing schools in Colorado, both online and campus-based, that can help you earn an ADN or BSN, but there are fewer options when it comes to diploma programs. Once you've earned your diploma or degree from an approved nursing program, you'll need to pass the National Council Licensure Exam, or NCLEX-RN. Other requirements, including continuing education credits, may be necessary so be sure to contact your state's board of nursing for more information. RN schools in Colorado can provide the education and training you need to become an RN.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Colorado

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), RN employment is expected to increase by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018. Registered nurses make up the largest segment of the healthcare workforce. In 2008, there were 2.6 million registered nursing jobs in the U.S. and over 41,700 RNs in Colorado. As of May 2009, registered nurses in Colorado earned an hourly median wage of $31.74 ($66,010 per year). In Colorado, registered nurses earned the highest median salary in Boulder, the Denver metropolitan area and Greeley, while most RNs can be found in the Denver area, Colorado Springs and Boulder.

To start your career today, get more information from one of the following Colorado RN schools.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Colorado

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Pueblo, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Greeley, Grand Junction and Boulder
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Colorado

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Boulder, Denver and Greeley

Schools for Registered Nurses in Colorado are listed below.

Selected Registered Nursing Schools in Colorado

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  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • Degrees: Master

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  • Programs: MS in Nursing, Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice) , Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Programs: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
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For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing
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  • Programs: RN to BSN, Nursing Leadership - Master, Nursing Education - Master
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing Online
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.

  • Programs: Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
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More Colorado Registered Nursing Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Adams State College Alamosa Masters 2,830
Aims Community College Greeley Associate 4,588
Arapahoe Community College Littleton Associate 6,538
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Associate 5,206
Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely Associate 1,430
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo Masters 5,908
Community College of Denver Denver Associate 8,359
Front Range Community College Westminster Associate 15,270
Lamar Community College Lamar Associate 817
Mesa State College Grand Junction Masters 6,199
Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver Bachelor 21,425
Morgan Community College Fort Morgan Associate 1,748
Northeastern Junior College Sterling Associate 2,751
Otero Junior College La Junta Associate 1,558
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs Associate 11,407
Pueblo Community College Pueblo Associate 5,063
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Associate 7,223
Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad Associate 1,760
University of Colorado Denver Denver Doctorate 21,658
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Doctorate 8,660
University of Northern Colorado Greeley Doctorate 12,702
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