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Nurses play a crucial role in the healthcare system. They care directly for patients while providing essential assistance to doctors and other medical professionals. The job scope of nurses is wide-ranging; prospective nurses can in fact choose one of three different education pathways. Nurses of all stripes can expect to find ready employment with Denver’s major healthcare providers like Centura Health and Lifecare Hospital.

Of the three primary nursing roles, the most senior is registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses form the largest healthcare occupation in the United States. They make important patient care decisions independently, and they supervise licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and orderlies. Aspiring RNs may enroll in either an associate’s degree or prelicensure bachelor’s degree program. Either program will prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. The Denver metropolitan area employs 23,820 RNs with a median annual salary of $70,870.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a more junior nursing role. LPNs are equipped to perform a wide range of medical procedures, and they often supervise nursing assistants and orderlies. Aspiring LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. In the Denver metro area, 2,760 LPNs are employed with a median annual salary of $47,500.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide basic care to sick, elderly, and disabled patients. They are often supervised by RNs and LPNs. Aspiring CNAs must complete a brief certificate program, typically 8-10 weeks in length. This program is ideal for students with busy schedules, since class timing is flexible. Graduates must successfully pass a state-administered exam. The Denver metro area employs 8,800 CNAs at a median annual salary of $29,060.

To help Denver’s prospective nurses launch their careers, we have compiled below a detailed list of nursing schools and programs throughout the metropolitan area.

Denver metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive | Littleton, Colorado 80160
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Community College of Denver
1111 West Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado 80204
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Front Range Community College - Westminster
3645 West 112th Avenue | Westminster, Colorado 80031
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard | Denver, Colorado 80221
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)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
University of Colorado at Denver
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1400 | Denver, Colorado 80217
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Doctor's in Nursing Administration
Pickens Technical College
500 Airport Boulevard | Aurora, Colorado 80011
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Speer Boulevard & Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado 80217
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Denver School of Nursing
1401 19th Street | Denver, Colorado 80202
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Emily Griffith Technical College
1250 Welton Street | Denver, Colorado 80204
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Concorde Career College - Aurora
111 North Havana Street | Aurora, Colorado 80010
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 72.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Associate's in Patient Care Aide
Platt College - Aurora
3100 South Parker Road | Aurora, Colorado 80014
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Colorado Christian University
8787 West Alameda Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Phoenix - Colorado
10004 Park Meadows Drive | Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration
CollegeAmerica - Denver
1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Fifth Floor | Denver, Colorado 80222
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
American Sentinel University
2260 South Xanadu Way | Aurora, Colorado 80014
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Research
Aspen University
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 1150N | Denver, Colorado 80246
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing
National American University - Centennial
8242 South University Boulevard, Suite 100 | Centennial, Colorado 80122
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National American University - Denver
1325 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 100 | Denver, Colorado 80222
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Denver
7475 Dakin Street, Suite 100 | Denver, Colorado 80221
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Red Rocks Community College
13300 West Sixth Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado 80228
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Research; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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