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Nurses play a crucial role in the healthcare system. They care directly for patients while providing essential assistance to doctors and other medical professionals. The job scope of nurses is wide-ranging; prospective nurses can in fact choose one of three different education pathways. Nurses of all stripes can expect to find ready employment with Denver’s major healthcare providers like Centura Health and Lifecare Hospital.

Of the three primary nursing roles, the most senior is registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses form the largest healthcare occupation in the United States. They make important patient care decisions independently, and they supervise licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and orderlies. Aspiring RNs may enroll in either an associate’s degree or prelicensure bachelor’s degree program. Either program will prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. The Denver metropolitan area employs 23,820 RNs with a median annual salary of $70,870.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a more junior nursing role. LPNs are equipped to perform a wide range of medical procedures, and they often supervise nursing assistants and orderlies. Aspiring LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. In the Denver metro area, 2,760 LPNs are employed with a median annual salary of $47,500.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide basic care to sick, elderly, and disabled patients. They are often supervised by RNs and LPNs. Aspiring CNAs must complete a brief certificate program, typically 8-10 weeks in length. This program is ideal for students with busy schedules, since class timing is flexible. Graduates must successfully pass a state-administered exam. The Denver metro area employs 8,800 CNAs at a median annual salary of $29,060.

To help Denver’s prospective nurses launch their careers, we have compiled below a detailed list of nursing schools and programs throughout the metropolitan area.

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Denver metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
University of Phoenix - Colorado
10004 Park Meadows Drive | Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
National American University - Centennial
8242 South University Boulevard, Suite 100 | Centennial, Colorado 80122
  • 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
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
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
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
Metropolitan State University of Denver Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Community College of Denver Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.6% 2009 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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
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
University of Phoenix - Colorado Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.2% 2009 to 2012
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
National American University - Centennial 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