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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.

Boulder

Front Range Community College - Boulder County
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing

Denver metro area

Arapahoe Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Community College of Denver
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Emily Griffith Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Front Range Community College - Westminster
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Pickens Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Red Rocks Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Research; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Colorado at Denver
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Doctor's in Nursing Administration

Fort Collins

Front Range Community College - Larimer County
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Greeley

Aims Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Northern Colorado
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Nursing Research

Other Colorado cities

Adams State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Colorado Mesa University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Colorado Mountain College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Delta Montrose Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lamar Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Morgan Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Northeastern Junior College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Otero Junior College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southwest Colorado Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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