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Prospective nurses in Boulder, Colorado, can embark on one of three education pathways. Students may choose to pursue licensure as either a certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN). After passing the relevant state or national examination, nurses can seek employment with Boulder’s major hospitals and healthcare providers, such as Avista Adventist Hospital.

Students seeking a vigorous and comprehensive nursing education should enroll in either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. Either prelicensure program prepares its students for the NCLEX-RN national examination to gain official licensure as a registered nurse. There are 2,610 RNs employed in Boulder with a median annual salary of $70,620.

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Students seeking a quicker path to nursing employment can enroll in a licensed practical nursing certificate program. LPNs are trained to perform a large range of medical procedures under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Graduates of a prelicensure certificate program must pass the NCLEX-PN national examination to gain official licensure. A total of 440 LPNs are employed in Boulder with a median annual salary of $45,220.

The fastest path to nursing employment is a CNA certificate program. Nursing assistants do not perform complex medical procedures, but they do interact closely and regularly with patients. Upon completing the eight- to ten-week CNA program and passing a state examination, students are officially licensed as nursing assistants. There are 870 CNAs employed in Boulder with a median annual salary of $27,030.

To help Boulder’s aspiring nurses find the best education, we have compiled below a detailed list of nursing schools and programs throughout the metropolitan area.

Boulder nursing schools by NCLEX score

Front Range Community College - Boulder County
2190 Miller Drive | Longmont, Colorado 80501
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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