We've organized a comprehensive list of Colorado nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Colorado city.

Healthcare employers’ growing preference for well-trained staff means that there is higher demand for nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The bachelor’s degree prepares nurses for a wide variety of professional roles and graduate study. Students receive a general education in math, humanities, and social sciences while completing coursework like nursing science, research, and leadership. As such, a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree has more opportunities for career advancement and higher salary options than one who has only completed an ADN program.

The associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program prepares students to become registered nurses in any medical facility of their choice. ADN programs equip students with skills to independently provide direct patient care through theoretical and applied instruction in classrooms, simulated laboratories, and clinical settings. These programs are offered in over 20 schools across Colorado, including Front Range Community College, Morgan Community College, and Pueblo Community College. Some campuses also offer evening classes to accommodate students’ busy schedules.

Nursing assistants fill a crucial gap in medical care. While they do not perform complex medical procedures, nursing assistants interact most closely with patients living in nursing homes or hospitals. As some patients are no longer able to carry out daily living activities due to old age or disability, nursing assistants come into the picture by assisting and caring for them in aspects that they require, increasing quality of life for these patients.

Earning a qualification in the nursing profession can be the first step towards a lifelong career. Not only will you work in one of the most rewarding professions in the world, your breadth of career options will be almost limitless. The nursing profession is growing rapidly as employers hire qualified staff, both in the state of Colorado and across the country. Nursing also opens the door to international employment, since a US nursing qualification is recognized in many other countries.

A public school, college, or university is a state-funded institution with appointed trustees who oversee the allocation of funds throughout the school. A public institution typically costs less to attend than a privately funded college or university. This can significantly lower the amount of debt you owe at the end of your education -- and the less you owe, the less time it will take you to pay off your student debt when you enter fulltime employment.

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.