Colorado Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Colorado

Colorado is in need of nurses more than ever while it struggles to mend the nursing shortage as it continues to grow along with the state’s population and healthcare needs. By 2015, it is projected only 59% of the nursing workforce in the state will be filled. During the next ten years, 2,000 nurses are expected to retire annually in Colorado. It is predicted that by 2020 there will be nearly 59,000 nursing job openings across the state. Over half of Coloradan registered nurses work in hospitals, while the remainder are employed in ambulatory healthcare facilities or nursing and residential care facilities. One of Colorado’s top employers of nurses is the Vail Valley Medical Center.


About Colorado

Colorado derived its name from the title early Spanish explorers gave it, Rio Colorado, after the river flowing red from the silt in the mountains throughout the state. The frontier that is Colorado encompasses a diverse geography, as a majority of the Southern Rocky Mountains dance throughout the state, alongside the Colorado Plateau and the western portion of the Great Plains. Colorado is known as “The Centennial State” because it was admitted to the Union in 1876, one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence. The state’s capital and largest city is Denver, which is home to a rich historical and cultural background, as well as business and healthcare leaders. One never has to search far to find something to do in Colorado, with an overabundance of world renowned parks and forests, museums, ski lodges, and year round festivals, as just a few of the hundreds of activities available. The low cost of living and job opportunities attract all generations and retains the proud Coloradans that claim the majestic state as home.

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Nursing programs offered in Colorado

  • Allan Hancock College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Certified Nursing Assisting (CNA)
      • Certified Home Health Aide (HHA)
      • Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN)
      • Registered Nursing (RN)
      • LVN-to-RN



  • Colorado Mesa University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • Practical Nursing
      • LPN-AAS (RN)
      • RN-BSN
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner



  • Colorado State University-Pueblo +
    • Programs Offered

      • Basic BSN
      • LPN-BSN
      • RN-BSN
      • Degree Plus to BSN Accelerated
      • Paramedic to BSN Accelerated
      • Nurse Practitioner (MS)
      • Nurse Educator (MS)



  • Regis University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Traditional)
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated)
      • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion
      • RN to Master of Science in Nursing
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Undergraduate Gerontology Certificate
      • Graduate Health Care Education Certificate
      • Post-Master in Nursing Certificates
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice



  • University of Northern Colorado +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN - Traditional Degree
      • BSN - Second Degree
      • RN to BSN Degree
      • Master of Science: Nursing FNP Emphasis
      • Master of Science: Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis
      • Post-Master's Certificates
      • PH.D. in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice