There are 14 schools in Colorado in our database that have BSN programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The 14 different schools are spread out throughout 11 different Colorado cities.
Generally speaking, most programs are located in the larger cities such as Denver or its suburbs, or at campus-based universities. But, there are at least a couple different colleges in Colorado that offer online RN to BSN programs. Colorado Christian University and Colorado Technical University both offer a multitude of online programs.
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The State of Nursing in Colorado
Currently, there are just over 42,000 people employed as a registered nurse in Colorado. That number is expected to grow more than the national average through the year 2022.
Registered Nurses in Colorado make between $50,560 and $93,940 for their annual salary, compared to $45,880-$98,880 as a national average. However, the more ‘entry level’ RN’s in Colorado make about $5,000 more per year than the national average – $50,560 compared to $45,880 nationally.
Colorado’s median average is also greater than the national average at $68,290 compared to $66,640. All data is from the US Department of Labor and ONET Online.
RN Employment Trends - Colorado vs. National AverageBelow is how Colorado compares to the national average for Registered Nurse employment. We took the national averages and compared it to the outlook for Colorado. All data comes from the BLS and ONET Online.
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State Licensure ReciprocityThe Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one license for nursing that gives them the ability to practice in the state where they current live as well as other states that are part of the compact agreement. Currently there are 25 states that are a part of the NLC agreement. Colorado IS a part of the NLC compact agreement, meaning a Colorado license for nursing will be applicable in the other states that participate in the NLC. In the map image below, you can view all of the other states that have the license reciprocity agreement in place.
Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Why Work in Nursing in Colorado as a BSN?
RN to BSN programs promote a learner’s knowledge of nursing from basic to advanced within a short period of time. The need for qualified professionals around the country has grown in recent years, especially with the innovation that technology applies to the medical field.
Having a higher degree allows for nurses to have a choice in the positions that they take. In Colorado, higher level nurses are being sought out by professionals in a variety of different specialties.
Bachelor’s level nurses are warmly accepted throughout the state. Hospitals and medical facilities prefer graduates at this level, due to their dedicated to excellence. A higher degree speaks success to employers. The hard work that goes into a degree program provides a reference of hard work on a resume.
The large number of Colorado residents is growing each year. As this number grows, the need for qualified nurses will grow with it. Employers want nurses at the bachelor’s level, so obtaining a higher degree is nearly a required step for associate’s level nurses.
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Campus based nursing schools with RN-BSN / BSN programs in Colorado
Adams State University
Nursing Department | 4-year, Public | Enrollment: 2920 students
American Sentinel University
Nursing Program | 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public | Enrollment: 1806 students
Nursing Department | 4-year, Private not-for-profit | Enrollment: 6200 students
Colorado Christian University
Division of Nursing and Sciences | 4-year, Private not-for-profit | Enrollment: 2599 students
Colorado Mesa University
Department of Health Sciences | 4-year, Private not-for-profit | Enrollment: 2026 students
Grand Junction, CO
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Colorado Technical University
Nursing Department | 4-year, Private for-profit | Enrollment: 2359 students
Denver School of Nursing
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Loretto Heights School of Nursing | 4-year, Private not-for-profit | Enrollment: 11040 students
University of Colorado
College of Nursing | 4-year, Public | Enrollment: 4214 students
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences | 4-year, Public | Enrollment: 9373 students
University of Northern Colorado
School of Nursing | 4-year, Public | Enrollment: 12498 students