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Earning a qualification in the nursing profession can be the first step towards a lifelong career. Not only will you work in one of the most rewarding professions in the world, your breadth of career options will be almost limitless. The nursing profession is growing rapidly as employers hire qualified staff, both in the state of Colorado and across the country. Nursing also opens the door to international employment, since a US nursing qualification is recognized in many other countries.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) make up around 14% of the nurses in the state of Colorado. An LPN program is the quickest route to joining the nursing profession at an entry level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that by 2020, LPN jobs will increase by 28% in Colorado alone.

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Registered nurses (RNs) require at least associate's degree-level training. They are in high demand, both in Colorado and the US as a whole, as the countrywide nursing shortage is set to worsen with an aging population. And with the BLS predicting a rapid increase in RN employment, there’s no better time to take up nursing as a profession.

Once qualified as an RN, you can choose to focus on one of several specializations. These include career options such as nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner.

There are many different levels of nursing education available in Colorado, including certificates, associate's degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral programs. Public schools typically offer larger programs and reduced fees, particularly if you study in your home state. Private colleges often provide prestige and smaller class sizes. Whichever route you choose, you will enter a labor force with steadily increasing demand and embark upon a well paid, rewarding lifetime career.

Get a head start on your search for the perfect Colorado nursing school with our comprehensive list below. This is the first step for aspiring nurses to gain the best education possible.

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Colorado nursing schools: Largest to smallest

Denver College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 326 students during the 2018 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17 students during the 2018 period
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 174 students during the 2012 period
Regis University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 163 students during the 2012 period
Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 47 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening/Weekend): 25 students during the 2012 period
Colorado Mesa University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 114 students during the 2018 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 56 students during the 2017 period
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program: 42 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2018 period
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 102 students during the 2012 period
University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Front Range Community College - Westminster
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83 students during the 2012 period
Pikes Peak Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Concorde Career College - Aurora
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Front Range Community College - Larimer County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Platt College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69 students during the 2018 period
Arapahoe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 55 students during the 2018 period
Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 27 students during the 2018 period
University of Phoenix - Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Otero Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Community College of Denver
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Front Range Community College - Boulder County
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Colorado Mountain College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Delta Montrose Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Northeastern Junior College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Lamar Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Morgan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2012 period
Emily Griffith Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Pickens Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Aims Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Adams State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Pueblo Community College - Southwest
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Colorado Christian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 10 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Denver College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 326 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 17 students
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 174 students
Regis University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 163 students
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 47 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening/Weekend) 25 students
Colorado Mesa University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 114 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 56 students
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Bachelor of Science in Nursing 102 students
University of Northern Colorado Bachelor of Science in Nursing 101 students
Front Range Community College - Westminster Associate's Degree in Nursing 83 students
Pikes Peak Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 77 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Concorde Career College - Aurora Certificate in Practical Nursing 74 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 51 students
Front Range Community College - Larimer County Associate's Degree in Nursing 73 students
Platt College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 69 students
Arapahoe Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Colorado State University - Pueblo Bachelor of Science in Nursing 55 students
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 27 students
University of Phoenix - Colorado Bachelor of Science in Nursing 46 students
Metropolitan State University of Denver Bachelor of Science in Nursing 36 students
Otero Junior College Associate's Degree in Nursing 36 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Community College of Denver Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Front Range Community College - Boulder County Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
Colorado Mountain College Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Delta Montrose Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 30 students
Northeastern Junior College Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 11 students
Lamar Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 26 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Morgan Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
Emily Griffith Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 21 students
Pueblo Community College - Fremont Associate's Degree in Nursing 21 students
Colorado Northwestern Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 19 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Pickens Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Aims Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Adams State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students
Pueblo Community College - Southwest Associate's Degree in Nursing 15 students
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Colorado Christian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 10 students