As demand for registered nurses continues to rise, enrolling in an entry-level or continuation nursing program in Denver is a wise choice. With a multitude of program options, obtaining quality nursing education in and around the city is easier than ever.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry-Level ADN & BSN Programs in Denver, CO

To start out as an RN, students in Denver have the option of entry-level programs including an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN). These programs are designed for those who don't already hold a nursing license.

ADN Programs

The ADN program is the basic, entry-level route to becoming an RN. These programs take about 2 years to complete, and are regularly offered at community and technical colleges in the city. Arapahoe Community College, for example, offers an ADN program with high NCLEX pass rates, allowing students to enter the workforce or continue on to a bachelor's degree program.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

The 4-year baccalaureate nursing program has become more and more ubiquitous in recent years. With many employers requiring this type of nursing degree, some students choose to earn it from the get-go. Metropolitan State University of Denver offers both a traditional BSN as well as an accelerated BSN for those who hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree.

Find out more about Colorado Accelerated BSN Programs

Denver RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 DenverColorado
NCLEX-RN Students Total1,0341,947
NCLEX-RN Students Passed9661,800
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate93.4%92.5%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Denver

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Denver based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Colorado out of 28 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Arapahoe Community College - #7
  • Colorado Christian University - #8
  • Denver College of Nursing - #10
  • University of Colorado - #9
SchoolContact Information
Arapahoe Community College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Colorado Program: #7 of 28
5900 S Santa Fe Dr
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 797-4222
Colorado Christian University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Colorado Program: #8 of 28
8787 W Alameda Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 963-3311
Denver College of Nursing
  • ADN,BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Colorado Program: #10 of 28
1401 19th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-0015
Front Range Community College - Westminster
3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, CO 80031
(303) 404-5000
Metropolitan State University of Denver
1201 5th Street, WC 247
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 556-4391
Platt College
3100 S. Parker Rd.
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 369-5151
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 458-4126
University of Colorado
13120 East 19th Avenue, Room 3323, C288-1
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-1679

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Denver, CO

Those RNs who are licensed and have previously earned an ADN or nursing diploma can opt to further their careers with an RN to BSN or RN to MSN program. These bridge programs offer the benefits of earning a higher degree in a shortened time span, taking into account the nursing education the RN has already completed.

RN to BSN Programs

The RN to BSN pathway allows licensed RNs to earn a baccalaureate nursing degree. Many of these programs have the option to be completed online in order to accommodate working RNs. Colorado Christian University offers an RN to BSN completion program that requires 120 total credit hours, but allows students to transfer up to 87 credits.

Learn more about Colorado RN to BSN programs.

RN to MSN Programs

Nurses wanting a more advanced option may decide to pursue an RN to MSN program. These programs allow licensed RNs to earn a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). These programs typically allow students to specialize in a niche area, such as pediatrics or women's health. Aspen University offers an RN to MSN bridge program in a number of nurse practitioner specialties, with full-time and part-time attendance options available.

Learn more about Colorado RN to MSN programs.

SchoolContact Information
American Sentinel University
2260 South Xanadu Way, Suite 310
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 557-9948
Aspen University
1660 S. Albion Street, Suite 525
Denver, CO 80222
(434) 989-4856
Colorado Christian University
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226
(720) 872-5608
Denver College of Nursing
1401 19th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Metropolitan State University of Denver
1201 5th Street #9
Denver, CO 80204
University of Colorado
13120 East 19th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-1679

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Denver, CO

For nurses looking to enter advanced practice as nurse practitioners, Denver schools have a number of options. From MSN degrees to post-graduate certificates to doctoral nursing programs, RNs have a variety of available pathways depending on their goals.

MSN Programs

The traditional graduate pathway can be found at most universities in the area. In around 2 years of study, students are well-equipped to work in a number of nurse practitioner (NP) specializations. Aspen University, for example, offers traditional MSN degrees with the choice between a Forensic Nursing or Public Health specialization.

Learn more about Colorado Nurse Practitioner programs.

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Post-graduate certificates are designed for RNs who have completed a master's program and don't want to complete an additional master's or DNP program to change specialties. These certificates take just 1-2 years to finish. The University of Colorado offers post-master's certificates in many specialties, including Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, and more.

Learn more about Post-Master's Certificate programs.

DNP and Ph.D. Programs

The terminal degree options for nurses are the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) degrees. While the DNP degree is mainly focused on clinical practice, the Ph.D. degree is geared toward academia and research. Regis University offers a post-BSN to DNP pathway that culminates in both a master's and doctoral degree. The University of Colorado offers a Ph.D. in nursing that includes 42 credits of coursework and 18 dissertation credits.

Learn more about Colorado DNP programs.

 

SchoolContact Information
American Sentinel University
2260 South Xanadu Way, Suite 310
Aurora, CO 80014
(866) 922-5690
Aspen University
1660 S. Albion St., Suite 525
Denver, CO 80222
800373814
CollegeAmerica-Denver
1385 S Colorado Blvd., 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 300-8740
Colorado Christian University
8787 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 963-3000
Colorado State University-Global Campus
7800 E Orchard Rd #200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(800) 920-6723
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221
(800) 388-2366
University College at the University of Denver
2211 South Josephine St.
Denver, CO 80208
(303) 871-2291
University of Colorado
12950 E. Montview Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-2152