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Some areas of Colorado are urbanized and have large hospitals capable of serving their local communities, but even these are coping with a serious nursing shortage. When it comes to Colorado’s rural areas, the shortage is even worse. Since Colorado is a vacation destination for many people, the added population during vacation season puts even more of a strain on the state’s already taxed nursing population.

The good news that comes from all of this is that Colorado has some very excellent nursing schools and programs, and qualified RNs, LPNs, and other nurses won’t have any trouble finding a great job. The bad news is that most nurses are lured to metropolitan areas by promises of sign-on bonuses and other incentives, leaving rural areas to keep struggling to find the nursing staff they need.

Incentives for Colorado Nursing Students

In an effort to graduate more nurses, train more qualified teaching staff, and place more nurses in small community hospitals and rural areas, plenty of financial aid, scholarship, and loan repayment programs have been developed for Colorado nursing students. Some of these are

  • The Loan Incentive for Teachers in Nursing, designed to encourage graduate nursing students to become nursing educators
  • Colorado Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment Program
  • School scholarships
  • Tuition reimbursement programs provided by employers and recruiters

College tuition can be steep, no matter which school you look at. Tuition costs are a big influence on how many prospective students ultimately decide to attend college, and how far they take their education. These programs help remove one of the biggest obstacles to enrolling more nursing students.

Career & Salary Info for Colorado Nurses

Colorado has a lot of different geographical areas, and just as many social and economic demographics living in them. As a result of this variation, nursing salaries vary across the state. For a staff RN in Denver, for example, there is a median annual income of $67,702, while an RN in Pueblo has a median annual income of $59,815 per year. All figures are from the BLS.


Colorado Nursing Degrees by Program

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Colorado Board of Nursing

Colorado has two organizations that are great resources for nurses- the Colorado Board of Nursing, and the Colorado Nurses Association. The Association is a great way to network with other nurses, while the Board of Nursing handles all aspects of licensing, examinations, approved educational programs, continuing education requirements, and more. The Colorado Board of Nursing can be reached at 1560 Broadway, Suite 880, Denver, CO, 80202 or on their website.

Nursing Scholarships & Grants in Colorado

The following nursing scholarships and grants are for Colorado residents and students who demonstrate financial need or academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Colorado Student Grant
This grant is available for nursing students attending eligible Colorado colleges and universities.  Award is based on financial need and amounts vary.  To find out if you are eligible for this grant, contact your school’s financial aid office.  You will be required to complete a Free Application for Student Assistance (FAFSA) to receive a Colorado State Grant.

Colorado Rural Health Center
Scholarships are awarded to residents of Colorado pursing nursing degrees or advanced training.  There are no deadlines and award amounts vary. For applications, contact the Center at 3033 South Parker Road, Suite 606, Aurora, CO 80014 or by calling them at (303) 832-7493.

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Colorado
The Plan offers nursing scholarships through its Diversity Scholarship Program.  Eligible applications include currently enrolled in a nursing program as an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants must be a member of a diverse population group including minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  The Plan considers academic achievement and potential as well as character and financial need when making awards.

Educational Institute Nursing Scholarships
If you have been accepted to a nursing program, there may be nursing scholarships and grants available through the program.  Contact the school’s financial aid office or the nursing program directly for information about scholarships for nursing students.  Be sure to get a copy of scholarship guidelines and the application form. Following is an example of institutional-based nursing scholarships and grants.

University of Northern Colorado
Nursing students attending the College of Natural & Health Sciences are eligible for one of nearly 35 nursing scholarships through the school.  Both undergraduate and graduate nursing students are eligible for scholarships.  Requirements vary to include specialization, GPA, and letters of recommendation. Several opportunities are available through the University of Northern Colorado Foundation. For applications and guidelines, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Employer-Sponsored Nursing Scholarships
Businesses may offer nursing scholarships to employees and children of employees.  You can find out if your employer offers this type of assistance by contacting your Human Resources Office.  If you are a graduating high school senior, nursing scholarships may be available through your parent’s employer.  For example, employee-related scholarships are available through the WGR Employee Scholarship Fund Trust.

WGR Employee Scholarship Fund Trust
Nursing scholarships are available from the Western Gas Resources, Inc. Consolidated. Eligible applicants are children of WGR employees.  Awards average $2,000.  For application information, write a letter of inquiry to the Trust at 1099 18th Street, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80202.

Community-Based Nursing Scholarships
Nursing students who are Colorado residents may be eligible for community-based nursing scholarships offered through civic organizations, government agencies, and community foundations.  Your best resource is your community foundation.  If there is not one in your county, foundations in surrounding counties may serve your community.  Graduating high school students can consult their guidance office for additional information.  The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Logan County Nurses Scholarship Association are examples of foundations that offer community-based nursing scholarships.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation
If you are a high graduate who has been accepted into an accredited Registered Nurse program, you may be eligible for a Registered Nurse Scholarship through the Foundation.  Applicants must be residents of Mesa, Montrose, or Delta counties to submit a request. Nursing students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 during the term of the scholarship.  For application, contact the Foundation at 1501 E. 3rd Street, Delta, CO 81416 or by calling (970) 874-2730.

Logan County Nurses Scholarship Association
Students who live in one of the six northeastern counties in Colorado are eligible for nursing scholarships from the Association.  You must have already been accepted into a qualified nursing program.  In addition to the application, you are required to submit transcripts, an essay, and letters of recommendation. Scholarship awards are available up to $1,000 and may be renewed.  For an application, write the Association at P.O. Box 1306, Sterling, CO 80751 or call them at (970) 522-6210. Completed applications should be mailed to 831 Elwood Street, Sterling, CO 80751 by the end of March each year.

List of Nursing Schools & Accredited Programs in Colorado

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List of Colorado Nursing Schools

Adams State College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
208 Edgemont Blvd,
Alamosa, Colorado 81102
Phone: (719) 587-7011
Website: www.adams.edu
Adams State College is a 4-year, public institution.

Aims Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
5401 W. 20th St.
Greeley, Colorado 80632
Phone: (970) 330-8008
Website: www.aims.edu
Aims Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

American Sentinel University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
M.S. Nursing
M.S. Nursing, Case Management
M.S. Nursing, Infection Prevention and Control
M.S. Nursing, Nursing Education
M.S. Nursing, Nursing Informatics
M.S. Nursing, Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership
MBA Health Care
DNP Executive Leadership
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
2260 South Xanadu Way, Suite 310
Aurora, CO 80014
Phone: 1.800.729.2427
Phone: 1.866.922.5690
Website: www.americansentinel.edu

Arapahoe Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
5900 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002
Phone: (303) 797-4222
Website: www.arapahoe.edu
Arapahoe Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Colorado Christian University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
8787 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Phone: (303) 963-3000
Website: www.ccu.edu
Colorado Christian University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Colorado Mountain College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
831 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233
Phone: (800) 621-8559
Website: www.coloradomtn.edu
Colorado Mountain College is a 2-year, public institution.

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
500 Kennedy Drive
Rangely, Colorado 81648-3598
Phone: (970) 675-2261
Website: www.cncc.edu
Colorado Northwestern Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
2200 Bonforte Blvd
Pueblo, Colorado 81001-4901
Phone: (719) 549-2100
Website: www.colostate-pueblo.edu
Colorado State University-Pueblo is a 4-year, public institution.

Colorado Technical University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
4435 N Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907-3812
Phone: (719) 598-0200
Website: www.coloradotech.edu
Colorado Technical University is a 4-year, private for-profit institution. Institution.

Community College of Denver

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
1111 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80204-2026
Phone: (303) 556-2600
Website: www.ccd.edu
Community College of Denver is a 2-year, public institution.

Concorde Career Colleges

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
111 N. Havana Street
Aurora, Colorado 80010-4314
Phone: (303) 861-1151
Website: www.concorde.edu
Concorde Career Colleges is a 2-year, private for-profit institution.

Delta Montrose Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1765 US Hwy 50
Delta, Colorado 81416
Phone: (970) 874-7671
Website: www.dmtc.edu
Delta Montrose Technical College is a less than 2-year, public institution.

Front Range Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN))
Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, Colorado 80031
Phone: (303) 404-5000
Website: www.frontrange.edu
Front Range Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Lamar Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
2401 S Main St
Lamar, Colorado 81052-3999
Phone: (719) 336-2248
Website: www.lamarcc.edu
Lamar Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Mesa University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AASN)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Registered Nurse to Masters of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122
Phone: (970) 248-1020
Website: www.mesastate.edu
Mesa State College is a 4-year, public institution.

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362
Phone: (303) 556-3876
Website: www.mscd.edu
Metropolitan State College of Denver is a 4-year, public institution.

Morgan Community College

Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701
Phone: (970) 542-3100
Website: www.morgancc.edu
Morgan Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Northeastern Junior College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
100 College Avenue
Sterling, Colorado 80751-2944
Phone: (970) 521-6600
Website: www.njc.edu
Northeastern Junior College is a 2-year, public institution.

Otero Junior College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1802 Colorado Ave
La Junta, Colorado 81050
Phone: (719) 384-6831
Website: www.ojc.edu
Otero Junior College is a 2-year, public institution.

Pickens Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9307
Phone: (303) 344-4910 x27734
Website: www.pickenstech.org
Pickens Technical College is a 2-year, public institution.

Pikes Peak Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AASN-ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs
Colorado 80906-5498
Phone: (719) 502-2000
Website: www.ppcc.edu
Pikes Peak Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Platt College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
3100 S Parker Rd
Aurora, Colorado 80014-3141
Phone: (303) 369-5151
Website: www.plattcolorado.edu
Platt College is a 4-year, private for-profit institution.

Pueblo Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Phone: (719) 549-3200
Website: www.pueblocc.edu
Pueblo Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Regis University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Completion for Certified Nurse Practitioner
Master’s of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)/FNP)
Master of Science, Nursing (MSN)Leadership in Health Care Systems
Master of Science, Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (MSN/NNP)
Post-Master’s in Nursing Certificate Programs
Registered Nurse to Master’s of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing, Registerd Nurse (RN/MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
3333 Regis Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80221-1099
Phone: (800) 388-2366 x2111
Website: www.regis.edu/
Regis University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

San Juan Basin Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
33057 Highway 160, Mancos
Colorado 81328-9196
Phone: (970) 564-6200
Website: www.pueblocc.edu/Campuses/SCCC
San Juan Basin Technical College is a less than 2-year, public institution.

Trinidad State Junior College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
600 Prospect St, Trinidad, Colorado 81082
Phone: (719) 846-5011
Website: www.trinidadstate.edu
Trinidad State Junior College is a 2-year, public institution.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP);
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Adult Clinical Nurse Specialists
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practioner
Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Health Care Informatics
Nurse-Midwifery
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Special Studies
Women’s Health Care
Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems
Master’s of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)/MSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing to PhD(MSN/PhD)
Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing Certificate
Adult Clinical Nurse Specialists
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practioner
Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Health Care Informatics
Nurse-Midwifery
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Special Studies
Women’s Health Care
Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
Phone: (719) 255-3000
Website: www.uccs.edu
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a 4-year, public institution.

University of Colorado Denver

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
msnRegistered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Denver, Colorado 80217-3364
Phone: (303) 556-5600
Website: www.ucdenver.edu
University of Colorado Denver is a 4-year, public institution.

University of Northern Colorado

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nursing Education PhD
Master’s of Science in Nursing (Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN))
Master’s of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practioner (MSN)/FNP)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Carter Hall – Rm 4000
Greeley, Colorado 80639
Phone: (970) 351-1890
Website: www.unco.edu
University of Northern Colorado is a 4-year, public institution.

University of Phoenix-Denver Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
PhD
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
10004 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124-5453
Phone: (800) 441-2981
Website: www.phoenix.edu
University of Phoenix-Denver Campus is a 4-year, private for-profit institution.

University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certificate Program less than one year in Vocational Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
5725 Mark Dabling Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919-2221
Phone: (800) 834-4646
Website: www.phoenix.edu
University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado Campus is a 4-year, private for-profit institution.


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