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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.

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Aurora nursing schools by NCLEX score

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
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)
Platt College
3100 South Parker Road | Aurora, Colorado 80014
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
Pickens Technical College
500 Airport Boulevard | Aurora, Colorado 80011
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
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
Concorde Career College - Aurora Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.7% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2009 to 2012
Platt College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.0% 2012 to 2018
Pickens Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.1% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate