In our Colorado RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Colorado RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Colorado, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The new healthcare reform is helping to transform the healthcare system across Colorado. Some of the best nursing schools can be found here. These schools are responding by offering programs nurses need in order to be the most successful in their careers.

Many nurses are seeking out RN to BSN programs in Colorado in order to meet the demands of the evolving market. Up until recently nurses took a backseat position in terms of health care. In today’s market, nurses are making more and more healthcare decisions.

The RN to BSN programs in Colorado offer flexible hours in order to avoid conflict with work schedules. There are also online nursing programs available, which make returning to school even more attainable.

Colorado RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs1718
Average NCLEX Passing Rate85.13%87.31%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range69.95% to 99.34%68.69% to 93.86%
Average Net Price$11,577.80$17,463.00
Average Net Price Range$8,456.00 to $21,868.00$9,646.00 to $37,350.00
Average Student Loan$9,522.19$16,530.47
Average Student Loan Range$5,500.00 to $24,364.00$6,587.00 to $42,625.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Colorado

Best Ranked RN Programs in ColoradoTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Colorado and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 15 ADN degree programs and 11 BSN degree programs in Colorado. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Colorado to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.82 ADNPikes Peak Community College111 Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Community College is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  They offer an RN program and a dual enrollment RN to BSN program.  Their RN program is unique in that students enrolled may exit with their LPN at a designated point in the program rather than continuing for the full program if they so choose.  The dual enrollment program allows the RN student to also take classes towards their BSN while working towards their ADN.  This would allow the student to first obtain their ADN but still have credits for their BSN after completion of the program.

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97.34 ADNColorado Mountain College239 Glenwood Springs

Colorado Mountain College is located in various locations throughout Colorado.  They offer both an ADN and a BSN program at their Breckenridge and Spring Valley locations.  Having the BSN program on-campus allows their students to continue for their BSN degree immediately after obtaining their ADN degree.

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95.73 ADNDenver College of Nursing376 Denver

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94.25 ADNArapahoe Community College4132 Littleton

Arapahoe Community College is located in Littleton, Colorado.  Arapahoe Community College offers an LPN program, an ADN program, and an LPN to ADN program.  They also have partnerships with three neighboring universities, which allows their graduates to easily gain entrance into a BSN program after completion of the ADN program.

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92.68 ADNAims Community College5192 GreeleyPublicCampusACENSee School Details
90.42 ADNColorado Mesa University6282 Grand JunctionPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
87.48 ADNFront Range Community College7388 WestminsterPublicCampusACENSee School Details
87.04 ADNPueblo Community College8406 Pueblo

Pueblo Community College is located in Pueblo, Colorado, although they have multiple campuses.  Their nursing program is located in three out of four of their campuses.  They offer an RN program and an LPN to RN program.  Their programs are offered once yearly and they admit 36 students into their program.

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86.08 ADNMorgan Community College9446 Fort Morgan

Morgan Community College is located in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  They offer an RN program and an advanced placement option, which allows LPNs to apply for entrance into the RN program, skipping the initial semester.  They also offer an exit option, allowing the student to exit at a designated point in the program with a licensed practical nursing certificate.

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84.18 ADNNortheastern Junior College10508 SterlingPublicCampusACENSee School Details
83.96 ADNOtero Junior College11511 La JuntaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
81.33 ADNTrinidad State Junior College12575 TrinidadPublicCampusACENSee School Details
79.09 ADNColorado Northwestern Community College13608 RangelyPublicCampusACENSee School Details
74.51 ADNLamar Community College14664 LamarPublicCampusACENSee School Details
95.39 BSNUniversity of Northern Colorado179 Greeley

University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colorado.  UNC has a diverse student population; 87% of its population is from Colorado, with 58 of its 64 counties represented.  47 out of 50 states currently have students studying there.  In addition, 34 countries are represented at UNC.  In addition, their nursing program is over 50 years old.  Their nursing program offers a BSN option and an RN to BSN option.

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94.57 BSNColorado Christian University2111 Lakewood

Colorado Christian University is located in Lakewood, Colorado.  They offer a pre-license BSN program (designed for students without a nursing degree) and an RN to BSN program, which is offered online.  This program is offered online as a courtesy to its students, so that they do not have to travel to class as these students often have busy lives.

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94.35 BSNDenver College of Nursing3120 Denver

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92.88 BSNMetropolitan State University of Denver4177 Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver is located in Denver, Colorado.  They offer various BSN choices: a traditional nursing option (TNO), an accelerated nursing option (ANO) and baccalaureate registered nurse completion option (BRNCO).  The ANO option is designed for students with a previous bachelor’s degree (non-nursing) and the BRNCO option is designed or students already holding an ADN degree and RN license.

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92.20 BSNColorado State University-Pueblo5204 Pueblo

Colorado State University – Pueblo is located in Pueblo, Colorado.  This university offers various options for their BSN students – they offer a traditional option and an ADN to BSN option.  However, they also have an LPN to BSN program, a Degree Plus to BSN option (allows students with prior degrees to obtain a BSN degree) and a paramedic to BSN option.

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91.92 BSNUniversity of Colorado Denver6218 Denver

University of Colorado Denver is located in Denver, Colorado.  They offer a few different options for their BSN students.  They offer a traditional BSN program.  They also offer an RN to BSN program, which is an online program.  This online program is also available to non-Colorado residents.  They also offer their “integrated nursing pathway” program, which is a collaboration with various local community colleges.  This allows students with an ADN to take their first two semesters of their BSN program at their local college, finishing up at the main campus.

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89.56 BSNRegis University7282 DenverPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
89.26 BSNUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs8287 Colorado Springs

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The Beth-El College of Nursing offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN option and an Allied Health Completion Program, which allows those who hold a degree in an Allied Health to enroll for a BSN degree.

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88.02 BSNColorado Mesa University9324 Grand JunctionPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
82.28 BSNPlatt College-Aurora10449 AuroraPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
71.19 BSNAdams State University12519 AlamosaPublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details