Denver, CO (population: 609,651) has two practical nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Concorde Career Colleges, the highest ranked school in this group with a practical nursing program, has a total student population of 810. It is the 1103rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Practical Nursing students from Denver schools who go on to become practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 3,060 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $45,880. Registered nurses in this area earn $69,760/yr and there are 22,360 employed.
Denver lies in Denver county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Denver-Aurora area has 1,218,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,560 average annual salary. Thus, about 18 out of every 1000 jobs in Denver are held by registered nurses, and 3/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 2 practical nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Denver, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career Colleges comes out as the most expensive ($21,880/yr) for practical nursing students, with Morgan Community College as the lowest, reported at only $10,036/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Denver|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||6.9 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||11.4 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||16.1 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||16.2 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||27.0 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||55.7 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||63.2 miles|