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Colorado LPN Programs

Free guide to LPN training classes in Colorado (CO)

Find approved LPN courses to earn your Colorado practical nurse certificate

Colorado Practical Nursing Careers

Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Colorado requires taking the following steps: attending a nursing school with an LPN program that is approved by the state, taking the necessary exams, and applying for licensure to practice in the state.The entire LPN certification process can be completed in about one year.

The Colorado Board of Nursing is responsible for oversight of all approved LPN programs in the state. They will be able to verify a school’s legitimacy, graduation rates, NCLEX pass rates and current approval/accreditation standing. Information can also be obtained directly from the school or training institution regarding program offerings, start dates, class schedules and specific curriculum. There are online schools that offer LPN training programs as well, but students should be aware that all states require some portion of LPN training to be performed in a clinical setting. Therefore an online LPN program must include an on-site segment in order to fully prepare the student and satisfy the education requirement. After graduation, students must pass the NCLEX-PN certification examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). If you fail the NCLEX-PN exam in Colorado, the test can be retaken twice within three years of the original attempt. Fees will apply for additional testing.

After passing the NCLEX-PN exam the practical nurse candidate can apply for licensure with the state of Colorado and have their name include don the state nurse registry list. The salary range for an LPN in Colorado is around $35,000 per year. This amount can differ based on current economic conditions, employment circumstances and individual qualifications. Practical nurses work under the general supervision of a Registered Nurse or Doctor. Most LPNs work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, or provide private in-home care to sick, injured or elderly individuals.

For an LPN in Colorado to advance within the field of nursing, the next logical step is to become a Registered nurse (RN). Somewhere between 1-2 more years of education are required, depending on the current level of education the candidate holds and what type of program they attend (full-time, part-time, accelerated, etc). RN salaries vary according to number of years of experience, degree level, employer and geographic location, but in a populated city like Denver, RNs earn a median salary of $67,455 per year. While RNs enjoy higher average salaries they also take on a greater level of responsibility. This can be an excellent career option for some LPNs.

List of LPN Programs in Colorado (CO)

Aims Community College

5401 W 20th St.
PO Box 69
Greeley, CO 80632
Phone: (970) 339-6251

Arahahoe Community College

5800 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160
Phone: (303) 797-5939

Colorado Mountain Junior College

3000 Cty Rd 114
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: (970) 947-8257

Colorado Northwestern Community College

50 College Drive
Craig, CO 81625
Phone: (970) 824-1104

Concorde Career College

111 N. Havana Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Phone: (303) 861-1151

Community College of Denver

1070 Alton Way Bldg 849
Denver, CO 80230
Phone: (303) 365-8300

Delta Montrose Technical College

1765 US Hwy 50
Delta, CO 81416
Phone: (970) 874-7671

Emily Griffith Opportunity School

1250 Welton St
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (720) 423-4700

Front Range Community College – Boulder Arapahoe Campus

2121 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 678-3722

Front Range Community College – Larimer

4616 S Shields
Ft Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 204-8200

Front Range Community College – Westminster

3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, CO 80020
Phone: (303) 404-5272

Lamar Community College

2401 S Main St
Lamar, CO 81052
Phone: (719) 336-1594

Mesa State College

1100 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: (970) 248-1398

Morgan Community College

920 Barlow Road
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone: (970) 542-3119

Northeastern Junior College

100 College St
Sterling, CO 80751
Phone: (970) 521-6701

Otero Junior College

1802 Colorado Ave
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: (719) 384-6898

Pikes Peak Community College

11195 Highway 83 RR 13
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Phone: (719) 502-3400

Pueblo Community College

900 W. Orman Ave
Pueblo, CO 81004
Phone: (719) 549-3409

Pueblo Community College Fremont Center

51320 W US Hwy 50
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: (719) 549-3409

Pueblo Community College Southwest Center

710 Camino del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: (719) 549-3409

Trinidad State Junior College

600 Prospect St
Trinidad, CO 81082
Phone: (719) 846-5535

Trinidad State Junior College – Valley Campus

1011 Main St
Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone: (719) 589-7077

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Colorado LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Colorado schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Colorado state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Colorado

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Colorado

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Colorado as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Colorado

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Colorado state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Colorado Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses