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2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

38 Colleges
$16,803 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,245 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 305,309 degrees and certificates were awarded to nursing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which nursing program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking is one of many tools that Nursing Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 38 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to see which ones offered the best value bachelor's degree programs for nursing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 10 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Idaho to be the best value school for nursing students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the Rocky Mountains Region . BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU - I are $4,208 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from BYU - I carry an average student debtload of $11,897. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $104.

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#2

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Western Governors University is a great value for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WGU are $6,670 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at WGU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $10,147. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $100, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

WGU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at American Sentinel University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in the Rocky Mountains Region . American Sentinel University is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Aurora.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at American Sentinel University are $11,100 a year. On average, nursing graduates from American Sentinel University take out $17,541 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $184.

American Sentinel University also took the #2 spot in our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Provo. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at BYU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $16,784. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $146.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Denver College of Nursing. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Denver College of Nursing is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Denver.

Denver College of Nursing undergraduate students pay an average of $11,630 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Denver College of Nursing accumulate an average of around $25,210 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $306.

Denver College of Nursing also took the #4 spot in our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

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University of Phoenix - Colorado landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the large suburb of Lone Tree, UOPX - Colorado is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UOPX - Colorado are $9,552 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UOPX - Colorado carry an average student debtload of $24,299. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $243, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #7, AmeriTech College - Draper did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. AmeriTech College - Draper is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Draper.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at AmeriTech College - Draper are $12,763 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from AmeriTech College - Draper carry an average student debtload of $22,885. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $176.

AmeriTech College - Draper also took the #5 spot in our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

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#8

University of Providence

Great Falls, MT

University of Providence landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. University of Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Great Falls.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at University of Providence are $25,892 per year. Nursing majors at University of Providence take out an average of $14,054 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $130.

University of Providence also made our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #1.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in the town of Laramie, UW is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW are $14,803 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UW carry an average student debtload of $16,789. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs undergraduate students pay an average of $12,529 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs carry an average student debtload of $19,217. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $162, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Nursing Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Wyoming 439
Colorado 5,709
Utah 15,739
Montana 822
Idaho 1,277

Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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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