Top RN to BSN Programs in Colorado

RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
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.

Colorado BSN in Nursing School Highlights

Number of Accredited RN to BSN Programs in Colorado Schools with RN-BSN Programs
There are 14 nursing schools in Colorado with CCNE or ACEN accredited RN to BSN / BSN programs.
Average Enrollment of All Colleges in Colorado Average Enrollment
Colorado universities average enrollment is 5,504 students (smaller than the national average).
SWES Colorado City Availability
There are 11 total cities in Colorado with nursing schools offering CCNE or ACEN-accredited Bachelor's in Nursing degrees, with the largest city, Denver, having the most options in its area and suburbs.

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.

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RN Employment Trends - Colorado vs. National Average

Below 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.
 Employment
2012 Actual
Employment
2022 Estimated
Percent
Growth %
# of Jobs
Added
 
Colorado RN's42,20053,27026%1,930
National Average2,711,5003,238,40019%105,260

Sources:

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State Licensure Reciprocity

The 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

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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.

List of Programs

RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

All Programs

See below for the list of all of the RN to BSN programs in . In the list, you'll notice information about each school, including: accrediting board, website, city and state.
RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
CCNE Accredited
Alamosa CO
American Sentinel University
CCNE Accredited
Aurora CO
CCNE Accredited
Aurora CO
CCNE Accredited
Denver CO
Colorado Christian University - Online
CCNE Accredited
Grand Junction CO
Colorado Christian University
CCNE Accredited
Lakewood CO
CCNE Accredited
Grand Junction CO
CCNE Accredited
CO
Colorado State University - Pueblo
ACEN Accredited
Pueblo CO
CCNE Accredited
CO
ACEN Accredited
Denver CO
Metropolitan State University of Denver
ACEN Accredited
Denver CO
ACEN Accredited
Aurora CO
CCNE Accredited
Denver CO
CCNE Accredited
CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
CCNE Accredited
CO
University of Northern Colorado
CCNE Accredited
Greeley CO