Blue graphic: 2024 Best RN Programs in Colorado Yellow box: #1 Larimer Campus Yellow box: #3 Westminster Campus (FRCC logo with mountains)

Both of Front Range Community College’s nursing programs make the top three in new ranking of all nursing schools in the state.

The nursing program at Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus has been selected as the best nursing school in Colorado, according to a new list compiled by FRCC’s Westminster Campus nursing program came in at number three on the list of 28 programs in the state.

Founded in 1968, FRCC’s nursing programs have been well respected for training highly skilled nurses for more than 50 years. The college’s programs consistently earn some of the highest pass rates in Colorado on the national nursing licensure exam.

Last year, the pass rates for FRCC’s were higher than:

“Our nursing graduates are extremely well trained and ready to hit the ground running in a hospital setting or medical practice,” “said Dianna Johnston, dean of nursing at Front Range Community College. “Students leave our programs with great jobs lined up—and we hear from our employer partners that they are extremely satisfied with the FRCC nurses they hire.”

The Ranking’s evaluation process considers various factors, including past and present first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates, weighted by year. The NCLEX-RN exam is used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to help assess a student’s competency and is required for licensure.’s methodology assesses how effectively a program supports students in their journey toward licensure and beyond. Read more here about the ranking methodology used.

Colorado’s Nursing Shortage

The state of Colorado is experiencing persistent workforce shortages in health care, and specifically in nursing. The state is expected to be short an estimated 10,000 nurses by 2026, which means bringing new nurses into the profession is critical to provide quality care to patients. With the state’s aging population, there is a severe need for highly skilled and diversified nurses around Colorado.

“Our nursing programs have exceptionally strong leadership,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Rebecca Woulfe, PhD. “From the faculty to the directors and up through nursing dean, we have individuals who are committed to our students’ success and to meeting the needs of the healthcare community in Colorado.”

About’s mission is to promote excellence in nursing by enabling future and current nurses with the education and employment resources they need to succeed. As registered nurses who care deeply about the profession, provides the resources future nurses need to succeed.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers more than 200 degrees and certificates in a wide variety of programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster—as well as online. More than 5,000 FRCC students transfer to universities each year. FRCC is a proud member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 114,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 35 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.

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