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Accredited Nursing Schools in Colorado

In Colorado and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Colorado accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Colorado campus locations, then request free information from any or all Colorado nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Nursing Schools Explore your nursing or healthcare career opportunities with a top ranked university through The College Network. The College Network is a partnership of well known universities in the United States. For strategic reasons, these universities have joined together to share technology and best practices. The College Network offers accredited LVN / LPN to RN, Diploma RN to BSN, RN to BSN, LVN / LPN to BSN, RN to MSN and Health Care Administration Master Degree programs online and in home study formats. Nursing school degrees are accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC or NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the same accreditations as nursing schools in Colorado with traditional on campus based nursing school programs. Dynamic programs allow you to complete general education and elective courses using comprehensive learning materials to pass proficiency exams (CLEP, Prometric, DANTES). Local clinicals are made available at nursing schools in Colorado with no clinical testing, and costs are kept low with the added benefit of guaranteed financing.

Colorado Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in Colorado are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most Colorado nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

Colorado Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Colorado Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Colorado

RNs: All registered nurses in Colorado must complete a state approved professional nursing educational program, either through a nursing diploma from a nursing school, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. However, it should be taken into consideration that most major health care facilities prefer nurses who have at least a bachelor’s degree-level education within the nursing field. Upon completing a nursing program, prospective nurses must pass the NCLEX-RN before they are able to obtain a license to practice professional nursing. There are approximately 41,750 RNs working in the state. RNs must renew licenses every two years by applying for and completing a renewal application. Renewal forms are mailed to RNs approximately six weeks prior to the expiration date. To qualify for a nursing license renewal, one must pay a license renewal fee and fulfilled competency requirements as specified by Colorado’s Board of Nursing.

LPNs: There are approximately 6,970 LPNs in Colorado. All LPNs must successfully complete a state-approved practical nursing education program. These are typically only a year long and are available at technical schools and community colleges. Some high schools and hospitals may also offer LPN nursing courses. In addition to finishing a nursing program, all prospective LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN examination. Similar to RNs, all LPNs must licenses every two years to ensure continued competency. Renewal forms are mailed to LPNs approximately six weeks prior to the expiration date. To qualify for a nursing license renewal, one must pay a license renewal fee and fulfilled competency requirements as specified by Colorado’s Board of Nursing.

The Best Cities in Colorado for Nursing Jobs

  • Denver. As Denver is the largest city in the state of Colorado with an estimated population of 610,345, according to the 2009 census ñ it comes as no surprise that the Denver-Aurora area is a great place to find a nursing job in Colorado. Many of the state’s best hospitals can be found here among the beautiful mountain ranges. Not only does this city offer excellent health care but a wide range of attractions including national parks and ski resorts.
    • RNs: Denver MSA employs approximately 22,360 RNs, with the average salary coming to $69,760 annually.
    • LPNs: Denver MSA employs approximately 3,060 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $45,880 annually.
  • Colorado Springs. This scenic city is the largest in Colorado by area and the second largest by population. The military has a strong presence here as it is home to several Army and Air Force bases, including Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, and the United States Air Force Academy. Along with the military, Colorado Spring’s economy is driven by the tourism and high-tech industries with companies like Hewlett-Packard and Verizon Business having facilities in the area. Colorado Springs is not only known for its diverse economy but its excellent quality of life. It has been named as a Best Big City in Money magazine’s "Best Places to Live" as well as appeared on Outside magazine’s list of list of America’s Best Cities.
    • RNs: Colorado Springs employs approximately 4,650 RNs, with the average salary coming to $62,760 annually.
    • LPNs: Colorado Springs employs approximately 860 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $39,590 annually.
  • Boulder. Known for its hiking trails, recreational areas, and rock climbing routes, Boulder has a lot to offer anyone who loves the great outdoors. Here you will find the state’s largest university, The University of Colorado, a thriving business industry, and various science institutes. Boulder has been recognized by Portfolio.com as one of the "Top Brainiest Cities" and by Forbes.com as the "Most Education City in America."
    • RNs: Boulder employs approximately 2,960 RNs, with the average salary coming to $69,380 annually.
    • LPNs: Boulder employs approximately 540 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $44,550 annually.

Major Hospitals in Colorado

  • Denver Health Medical Center. Founded in 1860, Denver Health Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for both the insured and the uninsured. About 25 percent of Denver residents come to DHMC to take advantage of its wide range of inpatient medical and behavioral health services. DHMC is home to the regionís academic Level I Trauma Center, which has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons as the best trauma center in the country, due to its high survival rates.
  • Saint Anthony Central Hospital. Serving the Denver community for over 100 years, Saint Anthony Central Hospital is one of the oldest ones in the city. Today, it is a full-service, acute care hospital that specializes in many areas including cardiology, stroke, cancer and oncology, senior health, and sleep disorders. It is home to the first civilian hospital-based emergency medical transport program in the country, Flight for Life Colorado, which provides emergency air transport throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.
  • The Children’s Hospital. More kids come to The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado than any other hospital in the seven-state region. This isn’t surprising considering that it is recognized as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country. Its over 1,000 pediatric specialists are dedicated to providing family-centered care that utilizes the latest diagnostic methods and least invasive treatments.
  • Penrose-St. Francis Health System. This health system started in 1887 when St. Francis Health Center, the first hospital in Colorado Springs, was established. Today, it is a part of the Penrose-St. Francis Health System along with Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Together these health care facilities provide the Colorado Spring area with exceptional medical services related to behavioral health, cancer care, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, and emergency trauma care.
  • Boulder Medical Center. The Boulder Medical Center began providing health care to the Boulder County area in 1949. Today, with three locations, 65 physicians, and 300 support staff, BMC offers primary and specialty health care for about 900 to 1,200 patients on a daily basis. BMC has a range of health services and is home to the Boulder Heart Institute, Advanced Hemorrhoid Care Center, and Travel Advisory Clinic.


Colorado State University Pueblo School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1933
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu

Mesa State College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1925
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.mesastate.edu

Metropolitan State College of Denver School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Denver, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1963
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.mscd.edu

Regis University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Denver, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1877
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.regis.edu

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1965
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uccs.edu

University of Colorado at Denver School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Denver, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1883
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uchsc.edu

University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Greeley, Colorado
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1890
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.unco.edu