Becoming an LPN in Colorado

The state of Colorado seeks to improve healthcare services by applying knowledge, skill, and positive attitudes in the care of individuals and their families. Through advanced nursing programs, ongoing research, and commitment to lifelong learning, Colorado is not only providing quality healthcare across the state, but also improving their community’s quality of life. The Bureau of Labor Statistic has made the predication that by 2024 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs will see an increase of 31% per year in Colorado. With the demand for nurses growing each year, applicants can take advantage of the job surplus and apply to become an LPN in the state.

  • LPN Programs in Colorado

    ProgramDetails
    Colorado Mesa University
    1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501
    (970) 248-1020 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career College - Aurora
    111 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010
    (303) 861-1151 Visit Homepage
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    Delta-Montrose Technical College
    1765 U.S. 50, Delta, CO 81416
    (970) 874-7671 Visit Homepage
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    Pickens Technical College
    500 N Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011
    (303) 344-4910 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Colorado LPN Licensing Requirements

    Much like the rest of the 50 states, Colorado requires an individual to complete a Board-approved nursing program as well as pass the NCLEX-PN exam. They may also require a background check and additional paperwork when applying for licensure

    LPN Applications and Forms (http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=DORA-Reg%2FDORALayout&cid=1251632255794&pagename=CBONWrapper)

    Keep in mind that daily activities of an LPN may be physically demanding, requiring nurses to lift patients over 100 lbs. and spend long hours on their feet.

    As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm), Colorado allows nurses from other NLC states to practice within their borders without additional licensure—there are 24 states in all. LPNs outside of the compact area must apply for a Colorado license to practice in the state. They must provide proof of current license and Verification of Licensure form, and complete a criminal background check.

    Colorado LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 20 hours of continued education every 2 years for renewal.

    Additional CO Nursing Resources

    Colorado Board of Nursing

    1560 Broadway, Suite 880
    Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: (303) 894-2430
    Fax: (303) 894-2821
    http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=DORA-Reg/DORALayout&cid=1251632229493&pagename=CBONWrapper

    1. Colorado Nurses Association (http://www.nurses-co.org/)

  • LPN Salary: Colorado vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Colorado LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPN's in Colorado was $46,500—more than the national median income of $43,200. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Colorado (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=08&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 31% increase in LPN jobs in Colorado by 2024; an increase of 15% over national average. This prediction translates to approximately 320 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Colorado Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Colorado. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Denver, Aurora, Lakewood2,490$24.11$50,150
    Colorado Springs710$22.05$45,850
    Boulder370$22.45$46,700
    Fort Collins310$22.32$46,430
    Greeley300$22.75$47,320
    Grand Junction250$20.99$43,660
    Pueblo230$22.41$46,610