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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Denver’s aspiring nurses have a plethora of options from which to choose. With three different education tracks, prospective nurses can customize their learning journey based on their levels of interest and commitment. This makes a nursing career extremely accessible. Upon licensure, nurses are in high demand at Denver’s major healthcare providers like Centura Health and Lifecare Hospitals.

Prospective nurses who wish to focus on direct patient care may pursue a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate program. This brief program provides aspiring CNAs with the prerequisites to take the state-administered certification examination. The Denver metropolitan area employs 8,800 nursing assistants. Top-performing CNAs earn annual pay of about $34,000.

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Students seeking broader expertise across a range of medical procedures can pursue a licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate program. Upon graduation, students must pass the NCLEX-PN national examination to gain licensure in Colorado. Over 2,700 LPNs are employed in the Denver metro area. Top-performing LPNs earn annual pay of roughly $55,000.

Lastly, individuals seeking deep immersion in nursing science should pursue licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Aspiring RNs in Colorado may pursue one of two pathways: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Completion of either program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. RNs independently provide direct patient care and supervise teams of LPNs and CNAs. The Denver metro area employs almost 24,000 registered nurses. Top-performing RNs earn an annual salary of about $85,000.

To help Denver’s aspiring nurses choose the best education pathway, we have listed below all of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs. This detailed profile includes students’ recent NCLEX test scores where available.

Featured Schools

Denver nursing schools by NCLEX score

Community College of Denver
1111 West Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado 80204
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • 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: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Evening / Weekend): 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
  • 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
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Speer Boulevard & Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado 80217
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Denver College of Nursing
1401 19th Street | Denver, Colorado 80202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emily Griffith Technical College
1250 Welton Street | Denver, Colorado 80204
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
CollegeAmerica - Denver
1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Fifth Floor | Denver, Colorado 80222
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
National American University - Denver
1325 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 100 | Denver, Colorado 80222
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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