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Nursing Education in Colorado with Degree Program Descriptions

Research nursing education programs in Colorado, which currently has almost 40 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two Colorado schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Nursing education can be found through undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs. While certificate programs are most often available for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs), associate's and bachelor's degree programs are widely available for students seeking registered nurse (RN) licensure. Master's degree programs in nursing are typically for licensed nurses who want to become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or nurse midwives, while doctoral level programs are for those interested in the fields of education, healthcare policymaking, administration or research. Extensive hands-on nursing training is usually part of a program's requirements.

University of Colorado - Denver

Located in Aurora, the University of Colorado - Denver's College of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree, as well as multiple master's and doctorate degree programs. The bachelor's program prepares graduates for RN licensure and covers nursing fundamentals, health assessment, nursing care of children, pharmacology, elderly care, mental health nursing and nursing research.

Students can choose from several Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs that prepare them for careers as adult clinical nurse specialists, adult nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners or nurse midwives. Depending on the chosen specialty, coursework focuses on primary nursing care for adults, children or pregnant women.

Those seeking doctorates can pursue Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing degrees. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program covers emerging therapies in advanced practice nursing, theory-guided models of nursing care, health care informatics, environmental health and inferential statistics. The PhD program trains graduates to work in roles such as a health care policy analyst, clinician, educator, research or scholar.

Front Range Community College

Located in Westminster, Front Range Community College offers two nursing programs. Students can either pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree leading to licensure as a registered nurse or a certificate program leading to licensure as a practical nurse.

The nursing associate's program prepares graduates to work in settings such as home healthcare, clinics, long term care facilities and acute care hospitals. Students study obstetric and pediatric nursing, psychiatric client nursing care, dietary nutrition, pharmacology, clinical calculations and medical-surgical nursing. The 1-year practical nursing certificate program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to become an LPN.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
University of Colorado - Denver 4-year, public; large city BS in Nursing
MSN: Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Midwifery
Doctor of Nursing Practice
PhD in Nursing
$8,692 (in-state), $23,704 (out-of-state)*
Front Range Community College 2-year, public; large suburb AAS in Nursing
Practical Nursing Certificate
$3,527 (in-state), $13,244 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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