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A public school, college, or university is a state-funded institution with appointed trustees who oversee the allocation of funds throughout the school. A public institution typically costs less to attend than a privately funded college or university. This can significantly lower the amount of debt you owe at the end of your education -- and the less you owe, the less time it will take you to pay off your student debt when you enter fulltime employment.

Another advantage of public schools is that they are often much larger than private ones, offering a far greater range of courses and specializations. Residents of Colorado pay lower tuition fees at the state's public colleges and universities than attendees from out of state. Applicants' likelihood of securing a place in their home state's public university is also much higher.

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Some of the largest public colleges and universities in Colorado with nursing programs are Colorado Mesa University at Grand Junction and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Once qualified, a plethora of opportunities is available to the aspiring nurse. Many large employers are seeking to hire qualified nursing staff state- (and country-) wide. Several of the largest employers of healthcare staff in Colorado are Genesis HealthCare and the Department of Veterans Affairs; both offer statewide employment opportunities.

To help Colorado's healthcare professionals of the future find the best nursing programs, we've compiled below a list of all accredited public colleges and universities with nursing education.

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Boulder

Front Range Community College - Boulder County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Front Range Community College - Boulder County Longmont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Denver metro area

Arapahoe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Community College of Denver
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Front Range Community College - Westminster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pickens Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Red Rocks Community College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Arapahoe Community College Littleton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Community College of Denver Denver
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Emily Griffith Technical College Denver
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Front Range Community College - Westminster Westminster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pickens Technical College Aurora
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Aurora
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Fort Collins

Front Range Community College - Larimer County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Front Range Community College - Larimer County Fort Collins
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Greeley

Aims Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Northern Colorado
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Aims Community College Greeley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Northern Colorado Greeley
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Colorado cities

Adams State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Mesa University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Mountain College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Delta Montrose Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lamar Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Morgan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeastern Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Otero Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Southwest
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Adams State University Alamosa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Delta Montrose Technical College Delta
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lamar Community College Lamar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Morgan Community College Fort Morgan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeastern Junior College Sterling
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Otero Junior College La Junta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Fremont Canon City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo Pueblo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Southwest Durango
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Alamosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad Trinidad
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate