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2021 Best Nursing Schools in Colorado

24 Colleges
$68,526 Avg Salary
$25,303 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Nursing School for You

Nursing is one of the most popular subjects to study in Colorado. With 5,709 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 3rd out of all the majors we track in the state.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Nursing Schools in Colorado to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 24 schools in Colorado to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Nursing Schools in Colorado

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Top 10 Best Nursing Schools

Our 2021 rankings named American Sentinel University the best school in Colorado for nursing students. American Sentinel University is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Aurora.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Denver College of Nursing. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Nursing Schools in Colorado list. Denver College of Nursing is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Denver.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Northern Colorado. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Nursing Schools in Colorado list. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greeley.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at University of Northern Colorado take out is $19,184. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $199.

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The excellent programs at University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Colorado. Located in the large city of Denver, CU Anschutz is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, nursing majors at CU Anschutz accumulate an average of around $32,646 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $366.

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The excellent programs at Red Rocks Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Colorado. Red Rocks Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Lakewood.

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University of Phoenix - Colorado ranked #6 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Colorado list. Located in the suburb of Lone Tree, UOPX - Colorado is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

Regis University

Denver, CO

Regis University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Denver, Regis U is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, nursing graduates from Regis U take out $36,228 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $412, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. UCCS is a large public school located in the large city of Colorado Springs.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at UCCS take out is $35,556. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $402, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver ranked #9 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Colorado list. MSU Denver is a fairly large public school located in the city of Denver.

On average, nursing graduates from MSU Denver take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

With a ranking of #10, Colorado Mesa University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. Colorado Mesa is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Grand Junction.

While working on their degree, nursing majors at Colorado Mesa accumulate an average of around $25,834 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $268, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Nursing Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Utah 15,739
Idaho 1,277
Montana 822
Wyoming 439

Nursing is one of 34 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 24 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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