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A vocational, career, or community college is a learning institution that provides specialized education for specific career paths. This streamlined education is presented in a far more “hands-on” approach than traditional college education. Classes tend to have fewer students, and this personalized education offers a rapid path to nursing employment. The standard timeframe to complete a licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate program is 12-18 months, and most registered nursing (RN) associate's degree programs require two years.

Studying at a vocational, career, or community college enables students to enter the paid workforce in a much shorter period of time, and this education typically costs significantly less than a traditional college degree program. Many of the vocational, career, and community colleges in Colorado offer nursing programs, including Aims Community College in Greeley and the Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangley.

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Once qualified, an LPN in the state of Colorado can expect to earn between $35,722 and $50,375 per annum, with an average salary of $42,461. An RN will command a salary ranging from $45,630 to $96,320, with an average of $66,220 per annum. Nursing employers across the state are frequently seeking to hire qualified LPN or RN candidates. Some of the largest nursing employers include Centura Health and LifeCare Hospitals; both offer opportunities in a number of locations across Colorado.

In order to help aspiring nurses jump-start their careers, below is a list of the top vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing in Colorado.

Boulder

Front Range Community College - Boulder County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Denver metro area

Arapahoe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Community College of Denver
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Aurora
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Front Range Community College - Westminster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pickens Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pima Medical Institute - Denver
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Red Rocks Community College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Fort Collins

Front Range Community College - Larimer County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Greeley

Aims Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Colorado cities

Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta Montrose Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lamar Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Morgan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeastern Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Otero Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Colorado Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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