Nursing Schools in Colorado

There are 40 nursing schools in Colorado. This year, we evaluated 23 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Arapahoe Community College
Littleton, CO
Arapahoe Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,101
NCLEX-RN Pass rate93.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.7%

Arapahoe Community College (ACC) is one of the most respected community college institutions in all of Colorado. It is located in Littleton, Colorado and it was founded back in 1965. This is the very first community college that opened in the Denver area and it has been serving the community ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Aims Community College
Greeley, CO
Aims Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,330

Aims Community College is located in Greeley, Colorado and it is a standard two-year institution. This school was founded in 1967 and has been serving the community for several decades. It has gone through many changes and upgrades to continue to meet the high expectations of the students that ...

Programs offered

  • LPN - closed
  • ADN
  • CNA
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Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, CO
Colorado Mountain College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,229

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is a completely accredited institution that offers both two-year and four-year degrees. This college was found in 1965 and it offers an impressive number of different degrees and certificate opportunities. Students can expect the institution to grant more than ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • CNA
  • RN to BSN
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Front Range Community College
Westminster, CO
Front Range Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,582

Front Range Community College (FRCC) is a two-year institution that is located in Westminster, Colorado. FRCC was established in 1968 and is a school that has become a large part of the community over time. The heritage of the school can be traced all the way back to the founding of the State ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Pikes Peak Community College
Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,438

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This school offers students a great opportunity to receive an in-depth education. There are many programs at this school and all of them are topnotch. Students will be able to pursue many different types of degrees ...

Programs offered

  • LPN - closed
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN - closed
  • CNA
  • RN to BSN
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Morgan Community College
Fort Morgan, CO
Morgan Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,685
NCLEX-RN Pass rate81.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Morgan Community College (MCC) is a two-year community college located in Fort Morgan, Colorado. This school was originally established in 1970 and is a member of the Colorado Community College System. It is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Lamar Community College
Lamar, CO
Lamar Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,711
NCLEX-RN Pass rate75.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.1%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Otero Junior College
La Junta, CO
Otero Junior College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,281
NCLEX-RN Pass rate83.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.3%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Colorado Northwestern Community College
Rangely, CO
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,508

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,175

The Metropolitan State University of Denver is a public university in Denver. It offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate programs, including nursing programs. The school was founded in 1965 to provide a college education to students from all walks of life. The main campus is still ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Trinidad State Junior College
Trinidad, CO
Trinidad State Junior College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,728
NCLEX-RN Pass rate75.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO
Colorado Mesa University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,309
NCLEX-RN Pass rate89.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.6%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Colorado State University-Pueblo
Pueblo, CO
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,988

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a public university in Pueblo and part of the Colorado State University system. The university started as a three-room junior college inside the Pueblo County Courthouse with just 63 students. It now serves over 5,000 students each semester and offers 29 ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO
University of Northern Colorado
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,003

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university founded in 1889. The main campus is in Greeley, Colorado and serves about 12,000 students at its six colleges. Greeley is one of the more populous cities in Colorado and just about an hour drive from Denver. The main ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,427

The University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) is a public university and part of the Colorado state university system. For the Fall 2017 school year, the university served over 12,000 students, with a 16:1 student to faculty ratio. It was founded in 1965 with a focus on business ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
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Pueblo Community College
Pueblo, CO
Pueblo Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,235
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Adams State University
Alamosa, CO
Adams State University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,989

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, CO
Colorado Christian University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,198

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Regis University
Denver, CO
Regis University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,615

Regis University is a private Roman Catholic university in Denver. It was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877 and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is structured into five colleges offering a wide range of majors and minors for ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Technical College of the Rockies
Delta, CO
Technical College of the Rockies
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,371
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.5%

Technical College of the Rockies is an institution that is based out of Delta, Colorado. It offers students a number of different educational opportunities. TCR is a public college governed by the Delta County Joint School District.  The college changed its name in 2017 from Delta ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • CNA
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Pickens Technical College
Aurora, CO
Pickens Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,371
NCLEX-PN Pass rate82.5%

Pickens Technical College is located in Aurora, Colorado and it is a school that offers several programs. Students are going to be able to choose from many helpful courses that can lead to lucrative jobs. Everything from arts media and communication to engineering and technology is available at ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • CNA
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Emily Griffith Technical College
Denver, CO
Emily Griffith Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,527
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.9%

Emily Griffith Technical College is a respected public technical college that is located in the downtown area of Denver, Colorado. This school was originally founded in 1916, although it has gone through various changes since those times. It has continued to update course offerings and ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • CNA
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Concorde Career College-Aurora
Aurora, CO
Concorde Career College-Aurora
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,315
NCLEX-PN Pass rate80.7%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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American Sentinel University
Aurora, CO
American Sentinel University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • BSN
  • RN to MSN
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Aspen University
Denver, CO
Aspen University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN
  • DNP
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CollegeAmerica-Denver
Denver, CO
CollegeAmerica-Denver
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,938

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$15,888

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Community College of Denver
Denver, CO
Community College of Denver
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,962

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Denver College of Nursing
Denver, CO
Denver College of Nursing
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Northeastern Junior College
Sterling, CO
Northeastern Junior College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,771

Programs offered

  • LPN - closed in 2015
  • ADN
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Platt College-Aurora
Aurora, CO
Platt College-Aurora
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Platt College-Aurora is a small college with a single focus. The college only offers one program, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). However, they do offer additional courses in liberal arts and sciences. The college was founded in 1891 near the Rocky Mountains. The region enjoys 300 days ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
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Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood, CO
Red Rocks Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,426

Programs offered

  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • CNA
  • RN to BSN
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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,586

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is home to two hospitals – the University of Colorado Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Both hospitals are nationally ranked and considered the best hospitals in the region. The university is also the largest ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Phoenix-Colorado
Lone Tree, CO
University of Phoenix-Colorado
Campus size
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Academy of Medical and Health Science Inc.
Pueblo, CO
Academy of Medical and Health Science Inc.
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Colorado Northwestern Community College - Craig
Craig, CO
Colorado Northwestern Community College - Craig

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus
Fort Collins, CO
Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Pueblo Community College - Fremont Campus
Canon City, CO
Pueblo Community College - Fremont Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Campus
Alamosa, CO
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Campus

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus
Longmont, CO
Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

National American University-Denver (Closed in 2015)
ADN
Argosy University-Denver (Closed in 2019)
BSN

Colorado's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Colorado's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Colorado Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 49,340 19.309 $34 $71,280
Nurse Anesthetists 380 0.147 $77 $161,050
Nurse Midwives 0 $47 $97,160
Nurse Practitioners 2,810 1.101 $50 $103,610
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 5,340 2.091 $24 $50,040
Nursing Assistants 20,540 8.038 $15 $31,090
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey