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2023 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in Colorado

12 Schools Ranked
$4,335 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$18,711 Avg Student Debt

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which nursing program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also there are many trade schools and bpptcamp that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Nursing Degree Search has created the Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in Colorado to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 12 schools in Colorado to see which associate degree programs offered the best educational experiences for nursing students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

View our full ranking methodology.

Top Nursing Associate Degree Schools in Colorado

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Otero Junior College

La Junta, Colorado
187 Total Awards
$4,226 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,572 Avg Student Debt

Our 2023 rankings named Otero Junior College the best school in Colorado for nursing students working on their associate degree. Located in La Junta, Colorado, the very small public school handed out 187 associate degree awards in 2021-2022.

Students from Colorado who attend Otero JC full time pay an average of $4,226 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,730. By the time they get their associate degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,572 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Otero JC. In 2020-2021 about 32% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

Full Otero Junior College Report

#2

Morgan Community College

Fort Morgan, Colorado
134 Total Awards
$3,930 Average Tuition & Fees
$9,552 Avg Student Debt

The excellent associate degree programs at Morgan Community College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Colorado. Morgan Community College is located in Fort Morgan, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2021-2022, this school awarded 134 associate degrees to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $3,930 in tuition and fees if they attend Morgan Community College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $15,579. Associate Degree recipients from Morgan Community College accumulate an average of $9,552 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Morgan Community College does offer online classes for certain majors. During the 2020-2021 year, about 51% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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137 Total Awards
$4,236 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,923 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 12 schools in Colorado that were part of this year’s ranking, Colorado Northwestern Community College landed the # 3 spot on the list. CNCC is a small public school situated in Rangely, Colorado. It awarded 137 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at CNCC is $4,236. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $6,740. On average, associate degree students take out $12,923 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online courses are available at CNCC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2020-2021 about 25% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#4

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
484 Total Awards
$4,980 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,854 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Colorado Mountain College is a great place for nursing students working on their associate degree. Located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 484 diplomas to qualifed associate degree students in 2021-2022.

Full-time students from Colorado pay an average of $4,980 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Colorado Mountain College. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $11,820. By the time they get their associate degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $10,854 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Colorado Mountain College does offer online classes for certain majors. In 2020-2021 about 27% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#5

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
1,611 Total Awards
$4,065 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,660 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Pikes Peak Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in Colorado list. This fairly large public school is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it awarded 1,611 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

In-state students pay an average of $4,065 in tuition and fees if they attend PPCC full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $15,714. Associate Degree recipients from PPCC accumulate an average of $12,660 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at PPCC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 51% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2020-2021.

Full Pikes Peak Community College Report

#6

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
660 Total Awards
$4,626 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,253 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Pueblo Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their associate degree. Pueblo Community College is a medium-sized public school situated in Pueblo, Colorado. It awarded 660 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

Students from Colorado who attend Pueblo Community College full time pay an average of $4,626 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $16,275. Associate Degree recipients from Pueblo Community College accumulate an average of $14,253 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Pueblo Community College does offer online classes for certain degree levels. During the 2020-2021 year, about 33% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#7

Trinidad State Junior College

Trinidad, Colorado
241 Total Awards
$5,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,954 Avg Student Debt

Trinidad State Junior College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in Colorado list. Trinidad State Junior College is a small public school situated in Trinidad, Colorado. It awarded 241 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

In-state students pay an average of $5,240 in tuition and fees if they attend Trinidad State Junior College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $8,360. By the time they get their associate degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $12,954 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Trinidad State Junior College does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 15% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2020-2021.

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#8

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado
1,906 Total Awards
$4,126 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,200 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Front Range Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their associate degree. Front Range Community College is a fairly large public school located in Westminster, Colorado that handed out 1,906 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at FRCC is $4,126. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $15,776. Associate Degree recipients from FRCC accumulate an average of $18,200 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at FRCC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2020-2021 year, about 33% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#9

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado
754 Total Awards
$4,080 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,611 Avg Student Debt

Arapahoe Community College landed the #9 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best associate degree nursing programs. This fairly large public school is located in Littleton, Colorado, and it awarded 754 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

Students from Colorado who attend Arapahoe Community College full time pay an average of $4,080 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $15,502. On average, associate degree students take out $15,611 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, Arapahoe Community College is an excellent choice, since the school is online.

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#10

Lamar Community College

Lamar, Colorado
117 Total Awards
$4,216 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,736 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, Lamar Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their associate degree. This very small public school is located in Lamar, Colorado, and it awarded 117 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at LCC is $4,216. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,720. Associate Degree recipients from LCC accumulate an average of $12,736 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at LCC. In fact, around 19% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2020-2021.

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#11

Aims Community College

Greeley, Colorado
686 Total Awards
$2,954 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,156 Avg Student Debt

Aims Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best associate degree nursing programs. Located in Greeley, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 686 diplomas to qualifed associate degree students in 2021-2022.

Students from Colorado who attend Aims Community College full time pay an average of $2,954 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $10,850. On average, associate degree students take out $10,156 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Aims Community College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 44% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2020-2021.

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#12

Northeastern Junior College

Sterling, Colorado
215 Total Awards
$5,345 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,090 Avg Student Debt

Northeastern Junior College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get an associate degree. It came in at #12 on the list. NJC is a small public school situated in Sterling, Colorado. It awarded 215 associate degrees in 2021-2022.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at NJC is $5,345. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $7,691. By the time they get their associate degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,090 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since NJC does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 30% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2020-2021.

Full Northeastern Junior College Report

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 12 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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