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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

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  • Online - RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing
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  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
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  • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
  • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
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  • Master of Science in Nursing
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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
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  • B.S. in Nursing: RN to BSN
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
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  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
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  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Alamosa
Masters
2,830
Greeley
Associate
4,588
Littleton
Associate
6,538
Glenwood Springs
Associate
5,206
Rangely
Associate
1,430
Pueblo
Masters
5,908
Denver
Associate
8,359
Westminster
Associate
15,270
Lamar
Associate
817
Grand Junction
Masters
6,199
Denver
Bachelor
21,425
Fort Morgan
Associate
1,748
Sterling
Associate
2,751
La Junta
Associate
1,558
Colorado Springs
Associate
11,407
Pueblo
Associate
5,063
Lakewood
Associate
7,223
Trinidad
Associate
1,760
Denver
Doctorate
21,658
Colorado Springs
Doctorate
8,660
Greeley
Doctorate
12,702

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