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Healthcare employers’ growing preference for well-trained staff means that there is higher demand for nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The bachelor’s degree prepares nurses for a wide variety of professional roles and graduate study. Students receive a general education in math, humanities, and social sciences while completing coursework like nursing science, research, and leadership. As such, a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree has more opportunities for career advancement and higher salary options than one who has only completed an ADN program.

Aspiring nurses can choose one of two BSN options: prelicensure programs that prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam or RN-to-BSN programs that enable existing nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree. Prelicensure programs are offered at a dozen colleges across the state and typically last for four to five years. Existing nurses who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing can enroll in an RN-to-BSN program that provides a fast-track route to the BSN degree. This is especially relevant for RNs who wish to assume leadership roles, desire greater professional mobility, or intend to pursue graduate studies in nursing.

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Nurses holding bachelor’s degrees are highly sought-after and valued in the healthcare industry. Over 40,000 RNs are employed across Colorado, and these nurses can expect to receive annual salaries up to $81,000.

To help you become a highly skilled and well-trained nurse, we have compiled below a detailed list of BSN programs in Colorado.

Colorado Springs

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
National American University - Colorado Springs
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Colorado Springs South
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Denver metro area

Regis University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated): 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Evening / Weekend): 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Colorado at Denver
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Denver School of Nursing
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Platt College - Aurora
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Colorado Christian University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Phoenix - Colorado
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
American Sentinel University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Nursing Administration
National American University - Centennial
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Denver
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Greeley

University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)

Other Colorado cities

Colorado State University - Pueblo
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Adams State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Colorado Mesa University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
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