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  • Employment: 41,750
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $32.12
  • Annual Mean Wage: $66,800

What better place than Colorado to launch a career in nursing? Not only is Colorado one of the most naturally beautiful states in the U.S., but it is widely known as one of the healthiest since such a large proportion of its population takes advantage of the natural beauty to get outdoors and exercise. More good news for nursing job seekers here: Colorado's unemployment rate was significantly less than the national average in April 2010. Also, there is a greater demand for registered nurses here than in most other states. In fact, Colorado's nursing shortage is twice the national average, according to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. Colorado was also the third fastest-growing state in the U.S., which means there will need to be even more RNs in the future to help meet the population's health care needs. Qualified nurses are needed in Colorado's hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, doctor's offices, and home health care agencies.

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The most in-demand nursing jobs in Colorado are concentrated in and around the more heavily populated areas, such as Denver, Colorado Springs and Aurora, although you can find solid job opportunities throughout the state. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Colorado include: Centura Health, Exempla Healthcare, the Memorial Health System, and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Those who wish to become nurses in the state can get information about state licensure through the Colorado State Board of Nursing (under Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies). The Colorado Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and the association maintains a website where RNs here can search for jobs, and keep up to date on issues relevant to nurses. Somewhat unique to this state is that student nurses can also connect with one another through the Colorado Student Nurses Association.

School Name: Adams State College

Address: 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, Colorado 81102

Contact: (719) 587-7011

Website: www.adams.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Aims Community College

Address: 5401 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado 80632

Contact: (970) 330-8008

Website: www.aims.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Arapahoe Community College

Address: 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002

Contact: (303) 797-4222

Website: www.arapahoe.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Colorado Christian University

Address: 8787 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226

Contact: (303) 963-3000

Website: www.ccu.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Colorado Mountain College

Address: 831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233

Contact: (800) 621-8559

Website: www.coloradomtn.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

School Name: Colorado Northwestern Community College

Address: 500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely, Colorado 81648-3598

Contact: (970) 675-2261

Website: www.cncc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Colorado State University-Pueblo

Address: 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, Colorado 81001-4901

Contact: (719) 549-2100

Website: www.colostate-pueblo.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Colorado Technical University

Address: 4435 N Chestnut Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907-3812

Contact: (719) 598-0200

Website: www.coloradotech.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1

School Name: Community College of Denver

Address: 1111 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80204-2026

Contact: (303) 556-2600

Website: www.ccd.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1

School Name: Concorde Career Colleges

Address: 111 N. Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado 80010-4314

Contact: (303) 861-1151

Website: www.concorde.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: Delta Montrose Technical College

Address: 1765 US Hwy 50, Delta, Colorado 81416

Contact: (970) 874-7671

Website: www.dmtc.edu

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

School Name: Front Range Community College

Address: 3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031

Contact: (303) 404-5000

Website: www.frontrange.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Lamar Community College

Address: 2401 S Main St, Lamar, Colorado 81052-3999

Contact: (719) 336-2248

Website: www.lamarcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Mesa State College

Address: 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122

Contact: (970) 248-1020

Website: www.mesastate.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Metropolitan State College of Denver

Address: Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80217-3362

Contact: (303) 556-3876

Website: www.mscd.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Morgan Community College

Address: 920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701

Contact: (970) 542-3100

Website: www.morgancc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

School Name: Northeastern Junior College

Address: 100 College Avenue, Sterling, Colorado 80751-2944

Contact: (970) 521-6600

Website: www.njc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: Otero Junior College

Address: 1802 Colorado Ave, La Junta, Colorado 81050

Contact: (719) 384-6831

Website: www.ojc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Pickens Technical College

Address: 500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9307

Contact: (303) 344-4910 x27734

Website: www.pickenstech.org

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Pikes Peak Community College

Address: 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498

Contact: (719) 502-2000

Website: www.ppcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Platt College

Address: 3100 S Parker Rd, Aurora, Colorado 80014-3141

Contact: (303) 369-5151

Website: www.plattcolorado.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1

School Name: Pueblo Community College

Address: 900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499

Contact: (719) 549-3200

Website: www.pueblocc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 35 to 1

School Name: Red Rocks Community College

Address: 13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255

Contact: (303) 914-6600

Website: www.rrcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 61 to 1

School Name: Regis University

Address: 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80221-1099

Contact: (800) 388-2366 x2111

Website: www.regis.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

School Name: San Juan Basin Technical College

Address: 33057 Highway 160, Mancos, Colorado 81328-9196

Contact: (970) 564-6200

Website: www.pueblocc.edu/Campuses/SCCC

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Trinidad State Junior College

Address: 600 Prospect St, Trinidad, Colorado 81082

Contact: (719) 846-5011

Website: www.trinidadstate.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Address: 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

Contact: (719) 255-3000

Website: www.uccs.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: University of Colorado Denver

Address: Denver, Colorado 80217-3364

Contact: (303) 556-5600

Website: www.ucdenver.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: University of Northern Colorado

Address: Carter Hall – Rm 4000, Greeley, Colorado 80639

Contact: (970) 351-1890

Website: www.unco.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Other degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: University of Phoenix-Denver Campus

Address: 10004 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124-5453

Contact: (800) 441-2981

Website: www.phoenix.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado Campus

Address: 5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919-2221

Contact: (800) 834-4646

Website: www.phoenix.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

 

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/