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A private college or university is one that doesn't receive funding from the state for students’ education. And although tuition fees are often higher at these institutions, there are many benefits to studying at a private school.

One such advantage is prestige. Private colleges are generally highly regarded establishments, and employers look favorably upon the degrees these institutions bestow. Another advantage is smaller school and class sizes, which enables a personal approach to your training. Typically, private schools only have a few thousand students versus the tens of thousands at public universities. Private schools are also often more specialized, so you’ll likely be surrounded by fellow students with similar academic subjects.

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With fewer students, private schools provide greater access to teachers and professors. This allows for more one-on-one access with instructors and thus closer relationships. Private schools often offer a much greater breadth of extracurricular activities, leading to a strong sense of community and communication. And while fees are often higher at a private institution, many offer financial aid packages for those who qualify.

After graduation, you’ll find that employers look favorably upon students with a private school education. There are many large employers in Colorado constantly on the lookout for new nursing talent. Two important examples are Genesis HealthCare and Centura Health, both of which offer state- and country-wide employment opportunities.

To ease your search for the perfect private nursing school in Colorado, we've listed below the state's accredited private colleges with nursing programs.

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Colorado Springs

National American University - Colorado Springs
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Colorado Springs South
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
National American University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Colorado Springs South Colorado Springs
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Denver metro area

Colorado Christian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Aurora
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denver College of Nursing
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Centennial
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Denver
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute - Denver
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Platt College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Regis University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening/Weekend)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Colorado
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Colorado Christian University Lakewood
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Aurora Aurora
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denver College of Nursing Denver
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Centennial Centennial
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Denver Denver
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute - Denver Denver
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Platt College Aurora
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Regis University Denver
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening/Weekend)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Colorado Lone Tree
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing