Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school, as well as other FAQs from prospective students here at our Arizona College of Nursing – Aurora campus near Denver.
LPN School vs BSN School: What is the difference?
It is important to understand the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school. These factors can impact your nursing career path and your educational roadmap. Our campus leaders and experienced professionals are here to help you every step of your journey. CLICK HERE to read our latest blog article detailing the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
RN candidates in Colorado should enroll in board approved programs in professional nursing. Visit the Colorado nursing board site for a full list of approved programs. After graduation, candidates will need to take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. It is necessary to apply to the Colorado Board to take the exam. Application packets can be found on the Board site. The candidate must attach official transcripts to their application. The candidate must also include a non-refundable $88 application fee.
Registered Nurses in Colorado have a median salary of $82,430 per year.
As you will be newly entering the workforce, it’s important to know that you will likely not start at the median rate but would likely increase your earnings with experience.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Registered Nurses in Colorado range from a low rate of $66,130, per year, to the highest-paid Nurses earning as much as $107,260 per year.
Updated 09/2023. Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/29-1141.00?st=CO
One of the benefits to the nursing field is that nurses can find jobs in many healthcare environments. As of 2020, Registered nurses held about 3.1 million jobs.
The largest employers of registered nurses in the U.S. were as follows:
Ambulatory healthcare services (18%)
Nursing and residential care facilities (6%)
Educational services; state, local, and private (3%)
Updated 2022. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-3
We make it easy to apply for transfer credit. You’ll need to request two things from your previous institution(s):
- An official transcript
- A copy of the course catalog
Read more about Arizona College’s transfer requirements.
Arizona College accepts numerous types of financial aid. Students may be eligible for a wide variety of options, including but not limited to:
- Federal student loans (payments can begin after you’re done with school)
- Federal PELL and SEOG grants (do not have to be repaid)
- State-based grant programs (do not have to be repaid)
- Work-study (on-campus employment)
- Private educational loans
- Military veteran educational benefits (available at some campuses)
Read more about financial aid at Arizona College.
Yes. While every student’s schedule may vary due to previous academic experience (transfer credits), you’ll start your BSN degree program with evening general education courses. In addition, some general education courses are offered in a convenient on-campus/online hybrid format.
We offer general education courses in the evening because we know students are busy and often can’t immediately change their entire schedule when starting Nursing school.
Once you begin your Core Nursing courses, your schedule will shift to daytime classes.
As of 2020, there were 53,100 RNs employed in Colorado.
Registered Nurses jobs in Colorado are projected to grow by 29% between 2020 and 2030.
RN employment in the United States is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031, creating 203,200 new nursing jobs.
Updated August 2023: Data Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/29-1141.00?st=CO
There are a few different costs to become a nurse in the state of Colorado. First, you must complete an accredited nursing program. The cost for an accredited nursing program can vary widely depending upon what type of nursing program you are pursuing, and the specific educational institution you choose.
Next, RNs in Colorado must pay an Application Fee ($88) when applying to become a registered nurse. There is also a $200 fee to take the NCLEX-RN exam.
In the state of Colorado, the board of nursing allows candidates a maximum of three examination attempts. Attempts made in other U.S. states count toward the total.