Which Nursing Schools in Colorado Offer RN Programs?

Find schools in Colorado offering registered nursing (RN) programs. Learn about admissions requirements, course info, and tuition rates for RN training in Colorado. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Preview four Colorado schools featuring RN training programs. See what these schools have to offer in terms of degree programs.

What You Need to Know

Earning your associate's degree can start you working as a registered nurse. This program takes about two years, and you'll take nursing courses along with general education classes.

You can also earn a bachelor's degree and start in the field, or you can build on the skills learned in an associate's program in an RN-to-BSN program. A full RN bachelor's program takes four years, while the RN-to-BSN option takes about four years. Whichever path you choose could prepare you for the RN licensure examination.

Schools in Colorado with RN Associate Degree Programs

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University's A.A.S. degree program in nursing is for LPNs wishing to become RNs. Studies include medical-surgical nursing, health assessment, leadership, psychiatric nursing, obstetrics and pediatrics, and the program finishes with a capstone internship. Upon completion, you'll be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) - RN degree
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,474 per year for in-state; $18,072 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: State-approved licensed practical nurse (LPN) program, general education prerequisite courses (must have a grade of 'C' or better in each course)
  • Requirements: Current LPN license, intravenous (IV) certification, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (professional caregiver level), verification of employment as an LPN within six months of the application deadline, official college transcripts
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 9,003 undergraduate and 113 graduate students

Front Range Community College

Front Range Community College (FRCC) has five campuses in Colorado, two of which offer the A.A.S. nursing program: Westminster and Larimer. Upon completion of the nursing program, you'll be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. You'll also be able to enter into a bachelor's degree nursing program with an advanced standing. If you are already an LPN, FRCC has a bridge course that will enable you to bypass the first year and enter directly into the second year of the A.A.S. program.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) nursing program
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,527 per year for in-state; $13,244 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: General education courses (English, anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, microbiology) with a grade of 'C' or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, prerequisite math for clinical calculations course
  • Requirements: Criminal background check, drug screen, FBI fingerprint check, health record, immunization record, CPR certification (health care provider level), demonstrated proficiency in English
  • School Type: Two-year, public; 18,761 students (all undergraduate)

Schools in Colorado with RN Bachelor's Degree Programs

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University's BSN program is for high school students and licensed practical nurses interested in becoming registered nurses. Registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor's degree can also participate in this program. Moving away from the traditional emphasis on technical nursing, the BSN program prepares students to work on a professional nursing level. You can expect to take courses in mental health nursing, public health nursing, childbearing family care, seniors and nursing therapeutics.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Program Length: Four to five years (full time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,474 per year for in-state; $18,072 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Non-nursing general requirement courses
  • Requirements: CPR certification (health care provider or professional caregiver level), nursing school entrance exam, personal interview, criminal background check, prerequisite science course grade, official college transcripts
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 9,003 undergraduate and 113 graduate students

University of Colorado - Denver

Through the clinical experiences and structured coursework included in the University of Colorado's nursing program, you can acquire the skills needed to work with children, adults and elderly patients. You'll study such topics as pharmacology concepts, disease processes and public health nursing care. The school also offers an accelerated track for those who already have a bachelor's degree upon entering the nursing program. Upon completion, you'll be ready to take the NCLEX-RN.

  • Program Name: Nursing Bachelor of Science degree
  • Program Length: Two years, including summer semesters (full time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,692 per year for in-state; $23,704 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in areas such as algebra, sociology, microbiology and nutrition; a total of 60 semester credits; foreign language study is recommended
  • Requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.0, prerequisite form, residency form, criminal history form (if applicable), suspension form (if applicable), three-part essay, official school transcripts
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 13,509 undergraduate and 9,282 graduate students

University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado's (UNC) School of Nursing program centers on health, environment, respect and caring, intellectual inquiry and communication. Upon completion of all nursing assistant certification and prerequisite courses, students can enter into UNC's clinical nursing program. You'll study such topics as health assessment, adult health theory, public health nursing and psychiatric nursing, and the program concludes with a capstone project. The school also offers a 'sneak peak' program that gives prospective students an opportunity to see the school facilities and speak with an adviser prior to applying to the program.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing - traditional degree program
  • Program Length: Four years (full time, including one summer semester)
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,166 per year for in-state; $19,752 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Required general education courses that must be competed by end of the sophomore year of college with a grade of 'C' or higher
  • Requirements: GPA of at least 3.0, nursing assistant certification (CNA), current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 9,469 undergraduate and 2,581 graduate students

In the Colorado area, training programs for registered nurses are offered at the associate's degree level (Colorado Mesa University, Front Range Community College) and the bachelor's degree level (University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado - Denver, Colorado Mesa University).

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