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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
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Denver metro area

Arapahoe Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Community College of Denver
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Concorde Career College - Aurora
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Patient Care Aide
Emily Griffith Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Front Range Community College - Westminster
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pickens Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pima Medical Institute - Denver
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Red Rocks Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Research; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Fort Collins

Front Range Community College - Larimer County
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Greeley

Aims Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Other Colorado cities

Colorado Northwestern Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Delta Montrose Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lamar Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Morgan Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Northeastern Junior College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Otero Junior College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pueblo Community College - Fremont
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pueblo Community College - Pueblo
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southwest Colorado Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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