Thanks everyone for all of your feedback - I really appreciate it. The desire to go to school in Denver is purely motivated by location. I am married and don't have the flexibility to live outside of Denver with my husband's career opportunities there. But I really appreciate the insight based off of your own experiences. I look forward to starting pre-reqs in January and trying to figure out the best plan of action for me after that. It sounds like a long, hard journey, but a very worthwhile one.