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Nurses who want to enter specialized fields like nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing can enroll in a master of science in nursing (MSN) program. An MSN is a graduate program for registered nurses (RNs), and it is considered an entry-level degree for careers such as nurse educator, nurse manager, and nurse administrator. An MSN is ideal for nurses who wish to deepen their exposure to nursing science and/or to specialize in a particular nursing field.

Eight schools in Colorado offer MSN programs, including Aspen University and Regis University in Denver. These programs cover a wide range of specialized nursing topics including adult health nursing, nursing administration, nursing education, and nursing research. These targeted degree programs prepare RNs with deep expertise on their future career pathway.

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Nurses who complete an MSN program are in better position for promotions and higher salaries. Colorado’s 40,000+ registered nurses earn a median annual salary of $68,000. However, its MSN-educated advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) earn significantly more. For example, the state’s 2,090 nurse practitioners earn about $95,000 annually, as do its 170 nurse midwifes. Top performers in these fields can earn $110,000+ per year. Colorado’s nurse anesthetists do even better: this select group of 110 APRNs earns a median annual salary of $167,740.

To help Colorado’s nurses enhance their careers, we have compiled a detailed list of MSN programs throughout the state. You’ll find them organized below by major city.

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Colorado Springs

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway | Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Denver metro area

Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard | Denver, Colorado 80221
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
13120 East 19th Avenue | Aurora, Colorado 80045
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Colorado
10004 Park Meadows Drive | Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80221
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus 13120 East 19th Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80045
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Colorado 10004 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Greeley

University of Northern Colorado
Carter Hall, Suite 4000 | Greeley, Colorado 80639
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of Northern Colorado Carter Hall, Suite 4000
Greeley, Colorado 80639
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other Colorado cities

Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue | Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Colorado State University - Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Boulevard | Pueblo, Colorado 81001
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Colorado Mesa University 1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Colorado State University - Pueblo 2200 Bonforte Boulevard
Pueblo, Colorado 81001
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion