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RN in Colorado

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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Colorado

Around 1.7% of Colorado's graduates graduate from nursing degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 2,611 registered nurses graduate from Colorado's 28 RN schools.

Top Schools

Regis University, which was ranked 35th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Colorado that has a RN program. It is located in Denver. In 2010, 685 students graduated from Regis University's RN program. The tuition rate at Regis University was $30,598 per year.

The second-ranked school in Colorado with a RN program is University of Northern Colorado, which is located in Greeley. In 2010, it was ranked 38th nationwide. In 2010, University of Northern Colorado graduated 133 students from its RN program. University of Northern Colorado charged in-state students $5,997 in tuition fees per year.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which is located in Colorado Springs, is the third-ranked school in Colorado that has a RN program. It received a ranking of 41st in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduated 144 students from its RN programs. The tuition rate at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was $6,029 per year.


Tuition at Colorado's RN schools ranges from $30,598 per year to $1,650 per year. But, the average tuition is $7,458 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Colorado RN schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Regis University - located in Denver, students are charged $30,598 per year
  2. Colorado Christian University - located in Denver, students are charged $22,040 per year
  3. Platt College - located in Aurora, students are charged $20,490 per year

The RN schools in Colorado that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Colorado Mountain College - located in Glenwood Springs, students are charged $1,650 per year
  2. Aims Community College - located in Greeley, students are charged $2,068 per year
  3. Arapahoe Community College - located in Littleton, students are charged $2,492 per year

A RN degree from a Colorado school... what next?

Most people who graduate from RN school in Colorado go on to work as a registered nurse. 41,960 registered nurses were working in Colorado in 2010. In Colorado, the largest numbers of registered nurses work in the following counties:

  1. Adams County - 22,170 registered nurses
  2. El Paso County - 4,980 registered nurses
  3. Larimer County - 3,130 registered nurses

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of registered nurses in the state of Colorado will grow to 53,130. This would require a 29% growth in the profession.


A registered nurse in Colorado earns $67,280 per year on average. But, salaries for registered nurses can vary. In 2010, registered nurses made as little as less than $40,280 per year or as much as more than $95,840 per year in Colorado. The counties in Colorado with the highest average salary for a registered nurse are:

  1. Eagle County - $70,700 per year
  2. Adams County - $70,130 per year
  3. Boulder County - $67,990 per year

On average, registered nurses earns the least in the following Colorado counties:

  1. Alamosa County - $56,800 per year
  2. Archuleta County - $58,470 per year
  3. Chaffee County - $60,380 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Colorado statistics regarding a career in nursing and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as nurse assisting or forensic nursing.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Colorado
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Colorado
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Colorado
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing in Colorado
  • Certificate in Nursing in Colorado

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 41,960 $67,280 27.0%

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