Colorado Nursing License

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Colorado State Board of Nursingbefore applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

Nursing Licenses in ColoradoMaster’s Required?

Certified Nurse-MidwifeY
Certified Registered Nurse AnesthetistY
Clinical Nurse SpecialistY
Nurse PractitionerY
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N
Certified Nurse AideN
Psychiatric TechnicianN
NOTE: Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Colorado State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 2/21/2011

Colorado Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$27,530$42,100$66,800 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Colorado can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Colorado nursing salary.

Colorado Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in Colorado. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in ColoradoScholarship Amount
Colorado Health Serice Corps Loan Repayment Up to $20,000/year
One year of service

Colorado Rural Outreach Program (CROP)Up to $10,000
One year of service

Learn about more financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is Colorado a Nursing Licensure Compact State?Yes

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Colorado. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Colorado, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Colorado nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Colorado, please let us know!


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Colorado Nursing Licensure Renewal

Licenses renew every two years on September 30. Licenses renewed from October 1 to November 30 pay a $15 delinquency fee plus regular licensing fees of $108 for registered nurses (R.N.’s), who may apply for late renewals. R.N.’s with prescriptive authority pay an additional $41. Advanced practice R.N. renewal is $23 plus R.N. license and prescriptive authority license fees. Fees are higher if renewing on or after October 1.

Continuing education is not required by the Colorado State Board of Nursing for renewal.

Health profile maintenance through the Colorado Board of Nursing web site is required for all R.N.’s and Advanced Practice R.N.’s. Applicants are required to disclose specific information that can be accessed by the public. Nurses are required to submit documentation questions, including disciplinary action, criminal convictions, malpractice, and surrender of prescriptive rights. For more information, please click here. Nurses are required to update the health care profile whenever there is a change or an event that must be reported.