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Registered nurses (RNs) form the largest healthcare occupation in the United States, with approximately 2.7 million RNs across the entire country. RNs independently provide direct patient care and make important healthcare decisions. In addition, they often supervise LPNs, nursing assistants, and orderlies. As such, RNs are the cornerstone of every medical facility.

Aspiring RNs in Colorado can embark on one of two distinct educational paths: the associate’s degree (ADN) or bachelor’s degree (BSN) program. ADN programs are offered at over 20 institutions across the state including Arapahoe Community College and Lamar Community College. BSN programs are offered at a dozen schools including Adams State University and Regis University. Students will have the opportunity to gain many hours of clinical experience to prepare for employment upon graduation. After successful completion of these programs, RN candidates must pass a national examination, the NCLEX-RN, in order to officially gain licensure as a registered nurse.

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Employment opportunities abound for registered nurses in the state’s medical facilities. Over 40,000 RNs are employed across Colorado. Some potential employers include St. Anthony Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital, and Medalion Retirement Community. RNs’ extensive training is rewarded with very competitive salaries going up to $81,000 annually.

To make a difference in patients’ lives as a registered nurse, check out the below list of prelicensure programs available in Colorado.

Featured Schools

Boulder

Front Range Community College - Boulder County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Front Range Community College - Boulder County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.0% 2009 to 2012

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pikes Peak Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.3% 2009 to 2012
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2012

Denver metro area

Arapahoe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Regis University
  • 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)
Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Front Range Community College - Westminster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Denver College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Platt College - Aurora
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Colorado Christian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career College - Aurora
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
CollegeAmerica - Denver
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
University of Phoenix - Colorado
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Arapahoe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.1% 2009 to 2012
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
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2009 to 2012
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2009 to 2012
Front Range Community College - Westminster
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2009 to 2012
Denver College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2012
Platt College - Aurora
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2012
Colorado Christian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.0% Q1-2 2013 to Q1-2 2013
Concorde Career College - Aurora
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2009 to 2012
CollegeAmerica - Denver
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.3% 2012 to 2012
University of Phoenix - Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.2% 2009 to 2012

Fort Collins

Front Range Community College - Larimer County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Front Range Community College - Larimer County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.7% 2009 to 2012

Greeley

University of Northern Colorado
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Aims Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2012
Aims Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to 2012

Other Colorado cities

Pueblo Community College - Southwest
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Morgan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Lamar Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
Colorado Mesa University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Adams State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Colorado Mountain College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Otero Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northeastern Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pueblo Community College - Southwest
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2009 to 2012
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2009 to 2012
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2009 to 2012
Morgan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2012
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2009 to 2012
Lamar Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2009 to 2012
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2011
Colorado Mesa University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2009 to 2012
Adams State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2012 to 2012
Colorado Mountain College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2012
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2012
Otero Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2009 to 2012
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.7% 2009 to 2012
Northeastern Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.5% 2009 to 2012