Nursing Schools in Colorado

The state of Colorado is home to 39 nursing schools. This year, we evaluated 23 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best value schools in Colorado. Nursingexplorer.com's ranking system is data-driven. We only use quantifiable data (such as NCLEX pass rate and average net price) to calculate the ranks. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Colorado

Listed below are all the nursing schools located in Colorado. Use the sort feature to view which schools have the best RN and LPN programs, which ones are the cheapest or to compare campus sizes. Click on each school's name for more detail info.


Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Pueblo, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,988
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate100.0%
RN Programs best-value score81.7

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
Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,438
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate98.8%
RN Programs best-value score96.9

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

  • ADN
  • CNA
  • RN to BSN
Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus

Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus

Fort Collins, CO
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,229
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate96.2%
RN Programs best-value score99.7

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
Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,198
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.8%
RN Programs best-value score55.8

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,003
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.0%
RN Programs best-value score80.5

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
Arapahoe Community College

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,101
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.0%
RN Programs best-value score100.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score92.5

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
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,427
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.7%
RN Programs best-value score79.2

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
Denver College of Nursing

Denver College of Nursing

Denver, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,309
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.8%
RN Programs best-value score81.4
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score77.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, CO
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,175
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.6%
RN Programs best-value score86.9

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
Regis University

Regis University

Denver, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,615
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.4%
RN Programs best-value score52.1

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
Aims Community College

Aims Community College

Greeley, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,330
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate87.9%
RN Programs best-value score99.4

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

  • ADN
  • CNA
Pueblo Community College

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,235
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.6%
RN Programs best-value score77.8
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score75.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Front Range Community College

Front Range Community College

Westminster, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,582
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.2%
RN Programs best-value score98.7

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
Pueblo Community College - Fremont Campus

Pueblo Community College - Fremont Campus

Canon City, CO
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Otero Junior College

Otero Junior College

La Junta, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,281
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate83.3%
RN Programs best-value score88.4
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate98.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score84.3

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Campus

Trinidad State Junior College - San Luis Valley Campus

Alamosa, CO
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Morgan Community College

Morgan Community College

Fort Morgan, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,685
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate81.6%
RN Programs best-value score95.5
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score89.6

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
Platt College-Aurora

Platt College-Aurora

Aurora, CO
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
Colorado Northwestern Community College

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Rangely, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,508
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate79.0%
RN Programs best-value score87.1

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Trinidad State Junior College

Trinidad State Junior College

Trinidad, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,728
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.4%
RN Programs best-value score82.7
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score81.1

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Lamar Community College

Lamar Community College

Lamar, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,711
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.0%
RN Programs best-value score91.9
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.1%
LPN/LVN best-value score87.1

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Adams State University

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,989
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate61.0%
RN Programs best-value score77.7

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
Technical College of the Rockies

Technical College of the Rockies

Delta, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,371
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate95.5%
LPN/LVN best-value score100.0

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
Emily Griffith Technical College

Emily Griffith Technical College

Denver, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,527
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate91.9%
LPN/LVN best-value score93.3

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
Pickens Technical College

Pickens Technical College

Aurora, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,371
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate82.5%
LPN/LVN best-value score97.6

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
Concorde Career College-Aurora

Concorde Career College-Aurora

Aurora, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,315
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate80.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score46.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University

Aurora, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • BSN
  • RN to MSN
Aspen University

Aspen University

Denver, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN
  • DNP
CollegeAmerica-Denver

CollegeAmerica-Denver

Denver, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,938

Programs offered

  • ADN
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO
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
Community College of Denver

Community College of Denver

Denver, CO
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,962

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Northeastern Junior College

Northeastern Junior College

Sterling, CO
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,771

Programs offered

  • ADN
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

Denver, CO
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
University of Phoenix-Colorado

University of Phoenix-Colorado

Lone Tree, CO
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • BSN
Academy of Medical and Health Science Inc.

Academy of Medical and Health Science Inc.

Pueblo, CO
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Colorado Northwestern Community College - Craig

Colorado Northwestern Community College - Craig

Craig, CO
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus

Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus

Longmont, CO
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

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