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Nursing careers fall into three main categories: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). The city of Aurora has ample opportunity for aspiring nurses in all three of these roles.

Nursing assistants do not perform complex medical procedures, but they do interact closely with patients in nursing homes or hospitals. CNAs must complete a brief certificate program, typically several weeks to a few months in length, before practicing. Aurora is part of the larger Denver metro area, which employs a total of 8,800 CNAs with a median annual salary of $29,060.

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Licensed practical nurses are trained to perform a large range of medical procedures while operating under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. To become an LPN, students must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass a national examination, the NCLEX-PN, before receiving official licensure. A total of 2,760 LPNs are employed in the Denver metro area, with a median annual salary of $47,500.

Registered nurses form Aurora’s largest healthcare occupation, with more than 23,000 RNs employed across the Denver metro area. RNs independently provide direct patient care and make important healthcare decisions. They also supervise LPNs, CNAs, and orderlies. Aspiring RNs may enroll in either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) prelicensure program. They must pass a national examination, the NCLEX-RN, to receive official licensure. Aurora’s RNs receive a median annual salary of over $70,000.

To help Aurora’s future nurses find the best educational programs, we’ve compiled below a detailed list of the city’s accredited nursing schools.

Aurora nursing schools by NCLEX score

Aims Community College
5401 West 20th Street | Greeley, Colorado 80632
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colorado Mountain College
802 Grand Avenue | Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Northwestern Community College
500 Kennedy Drive | Rangely, Colorado 81648
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colorado State University - Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Boulevard | Pueblo, Colorado 81001
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-DNP Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-DNP Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-DNP Certificate: Population Health
  • Post-DNP Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Front Range Community College - Larimer County
4616 South Shields Street | Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Front Range Community College - Westminster
3645 West 112th Avenue | Westminster, Colorado 80031
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pikes Peak Community College
5675 South Academy Boulevard | Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
1011 Main Street | Alamosa, Colorado 81101
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta Montrose Technical College
1765 US Highway 50 | Delta, Colorado 81416
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Avenue | La Junta, Colorado 81050
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive | Littleton, Colorado 80160
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Southwest
701 Camino Del Rio | Durango, Colorado 81301
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
900 West Orman Avenue | Pueblo, Colorado 81004
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard | Denver, Colorado 80221
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening/Weekend): 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • 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
Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue | Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Speer Boulevard & Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado 80217
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lamar Community College
2401 South Main Street | Lamar, Colorado 81052
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
13120 East 19th Avenue | Aurora, Colorado 80045
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Morgan Community College
920 Barlow Road | Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Northern Colorado
Carter Hall, Suite 4000 | Greeley, Colorado 80639
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
51320 West Highway 50 | Canon City, Colorado 81212
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Community College of Denver
1111 West Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado 80204
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeastern Junior College
100 College Avenue | Sterling, Colorado 80751
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway | Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emily Griffith Technical College
1250 Welton Street | Denver, Colorado 80204
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Aurora
111 North Havana Street | Aurora, Colorado 80010
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
600 Prospect Street | Trinidad, Colorado 81082
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Denver College of Nursing
1401 19th Street | Denver, Colorado 80202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Front Range Community College - Boulder County
2190 Miller Drive | Longmont, Colorado 80501
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Adams State University
208 Edgemont Boulevard | Alamosa, Colorado 81101
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Platt College
3100 South Parker Road | Aurora, Colorado 80014
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
Colorado Christian University
8787 West Alameda Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado 80226
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pickens Technical College
500 Airport Boulevard | Aurora, Colorado 80011
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
National American University - Centennial
8242 South University Boulevard, Suite 100 | Centennial, Colorado 80122
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Colorado Springs
1915 Jamboree Drive, Suite 185 | Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Colorado Springs South
1079 Space Center Drive, Suite 140 | Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Denver
1325 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 100 | Denver, Colorado 80222
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute - Denver
7475 Dakin Street, Suite 100 | Denver, Colorado 80221
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Red Rocks Community College
13300 West Sixth Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado 80228
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Aims Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colorado Mountain College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2010
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Northwestern Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colorado State University - Pueblo Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2016 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2012 to 2018
DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
DNP: Population Health
DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Educator
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-DNP Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-DNP Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-DNP Certificate: Population Health
Post-DNP Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Front Range Community College - Larimer County Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2011
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.7% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Front Range Community College - Westminster Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to 2011
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pikes Peak Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.3% 2009 to 2012
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.7% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta Montrose Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2009 to 2012
Otero Junior College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arapahoe Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.1% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.5% 2009 to 2010
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Southwest Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.8% 2009 to 2011
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Regis University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 96.8% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening/Weekend) 93.8% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2009 to 2012
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
Colorado Mesa University Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.5% 2012 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program 90.5% 2018 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2012 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2012 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Educator
Nurse Aide Certificate
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan State University of Denver Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lamar Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.8% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Morgan Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Northern Colorado Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Pueblo Community College - Fremont Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Community College of Denver Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.6% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeastern Junior College Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.1% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.5% 2009 to 2012
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emily Griffith Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Aurora Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.7% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2009 to 2012
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2011
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.6% 2012 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Denver College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2012 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2012 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Front Range Community College - Boulder County Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.0% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Adams State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2012 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Platt College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.0% 2012 to 2018
Colorado Christian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.0% Q1-2 2013 to Q1-2 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pickens Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.1% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
National American University - Centennial RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Colorado Springs RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Colorado Springs South RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Denver RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute - Denver Nursing Assistant Certificate
Red Rocks Community College Nursing Assistant Certificate