Programs of Study
This section presents the Programs of Study that CNM offers. CNM offers the following types of certificate and degree programs:
- Certificate of Achievement (1-15 credit hours): A certificate program that prepares students to enter either skilled or paraprofessional occupations or to upgrade workplace skills and knowledge. The courses are often a subset of those required for a corresponding Certificate of Completion or Associate’s degree.
- Certificate of Completion (16-59 credit hours): A certificate program that prepares students to enter either skilled or paraprofessional occupations or to upgrade workplace skills and knowledge. Certificates containing 45 or more credit hours must contain 6 general education credit hours chosen from any course included in CNM’s approved list of general education coursework .
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree: An AAS degree program prepares students to enter either skilled or paraprofessional occupations or to upgrade workplace skills and knowledge. An AAS program is not intended to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, although certain courses may be accepted at some institutions. The AAS degree must contain 15 general education credit hours chosen from CNM’s approved list of general education coursework. See specific program descriptions for the general education courses required to fulfill particular degree requirements.
- Associate of Arts (AA) Degree: An AA degree program is designed for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in liberal arts, social or behavioral sciences or a professional field with such disciplines as its base. The AA degree must contain 35 general education credit hours in order to meet the State of New Mexico’s lower division general education common core requirement. The 35 credit hours must be distributed among five general areas of learning and courses must be chosen from CNM’s approved list of transfer degree general education coursework . Additionally, students must demonstrate proficiency in computer literacy.
- Associate of Science (AS) Degree: An AS degree program is designed for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in a technical, medical or professional field with such disciplines as its base. The AS degree must contain 35 general education credit hours. The 35 credit hours must be distributed among five general areas of learning and courses must be chosen from CNM’s approved list of transfer degree general education coursework . Additionally, students must demonstrate proficiency in computer literacy.
The Career Clusters and Pathways section below lists programs by career cluster. The Program Accreditation section shows a listing of all degrees and certificates accredited by outside agencies or organizations.
Note: Courses numbered below 1000 cannot be used to meet program graduation requirements.
Students are advised to inquire about special requirements or background checks prior to enrolling in a program of study. Students with a criminal background may have limited employment opportunities in certain career fields or at certain job locations. Many employers perform pre-employment background checks. Others may require a security clearance. A criminal background may also prevent a student from performing an internship for some employers. By accepting a student into a program, CNM in no way guarantees a student will be accepted into an internship or be qualified for employment. Some programs may not be eligible for financial aid assistance. See the financial aid web page for ineligible programs (cnm.edu/depts/fass).
Career Clusters and Pathways
FIND YOUR CAREER AT CNM
Central New Mexico Community College believes students are most successful when they begin their education with a career goal in mind. CNM uses career clusters and pathways to help students identify, plan and achieve career goals.
What are Career Clusters?
- Career clusters are groups of careers in business and industry that share similar skill sets and related occupations.
- Career clusters organize careers so that educators and students can target the education and skills needed for specific jobs.
Nationally, there are 16 career clusters. New Mexico is focusing on seven clusters to fill the economic and industry needs for skilled employees. The seven career clusters are:
- Arts and Entertainment
- Business Services
- Communications and Information
- Energy and Environmental Technology
- Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing
- Health and Biosciences
- Hospitality and Tourism
What are Career Pathways?
A career pathway is an education plan that directly guides a student toward a chosen occupation in a career cluster. Career clusters can be used to investigate a wide range of career choices. The career cluster approach makes it easier for students to understand the importance of education and helps students select elective courses to enhance their careers. Each cluster contains a complete set of career pathways aligned with programs of study at CNM (cnm.edu/careers)
High school students may be able to take CNM courses through dual credit to earn college credit toward career and educational choices at CNM.
Current CNM students who have not made a career choice should meet with a CNM advisor who can help students investigate numerous career options.
Students returning to school will find many career pathways available to enhance their career or to pursue a new profession.
If a student’s future plans include transferring to a four-year institution, CNM can help. Career clusters and pathways provide a relevant map to a career or additional education.
CNM Career Clusters and Pathways Online
The CNM website provides a rich resource of information about career clusters and pathways at CNM:
- Interactive diagrams show which CNM programs offer pathways in each cluster
- Program profiles let students know about classes they will take, employment potential, job titles and current pay rates for each pathway
- Visit cnm.edu/careers to access all these resources
How can CNM help with career choices?
CNM advisors can help students map out a personal career pathway to get a college degree or certificate in a timely manner. Students who are unsure of what profession to pursue will benefit from the career development process. The process helps students to:
- Develop an understanding of what kind of career is best tailored to their interests and aptitudes
- Eliminate career choices that do not match income needs and location and time frame requirements
- Create an academic plan that takes family and financial needs into consideration so students can complete their programs and fulfill their education and career goals
There are two ways to work on career development:
- Work with an advisor or career and educational specialist in one of the Academic Advisement and Career Development (AACD) offices. Schedule an appointment or walk in to see an advisor, or contact AACD by phone at (505) 224-4321, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at cnm.edu/depts/aacd/index.php.
- Take College Success Experience (CSE) courses offered through the School of Adult & General Education and work with an instructor and other students.
For more information contact Academic Advisement and Career Development by phone at (505) 224-4321, e-mail at email@example.com or online at cnm.edu/depts/aacd/index.php.
The following are CNM programs listed under their appropriate New Mexico career clusters. Programs of study relevant to more than one career cluster are indicated with an asterisk*. An alphabetical list of programs and program information can be found in the Programs of Study section. Note: diagrams of the seven New Mexico career clusters and information about specific pathways can be found online at cnm.edu/careers.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Film Crew Technician*
Accounting (AAS degree, certificates in Accounting, Bookkeeping, Certified Public Accountant [CPA] Preparation, IRS Enrolled Agent Preparation, Payroll Clerk, Tax Preparer for Individuals)
Business Administration* (AAS degree, concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Real Estate, certificates in Business Administration and Project Management, Continuous Quality Improvement, General Business, Human Resources)
Computer Information Systems* (AAS degree, concentrations and certificates in Computer Programming, Database Technology, Digital Media, Network Administration, Software Systems and Applications, Systems Administration, Web Technology)
Health Information Technology*
Medical Office Assistant*
Technology Management and Training
COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
Alternative Teacher Licensure (certificates in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Special Education)
Child, Youth and Family Development (AA degree, concentrations in Family Studies, Social Work)
Computer Information Systems*
Early Childhood Multicultural Education (AA degree, concentrations in Birth Through 3rd Grade Teacher, Early Childhood Administrator, Family/Infant/Toddler Studies, certificate in Child Development)
Film Crew Technician*
Teacher Education (AA degree, concentrations in Career and Technical Education, Elementary, Elementary/Bilingual, Secondary, Special Education)
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY
Aerospace Technology* (AAS degree, certificate in Professional Pilot and Flight Instruction)
Aviation Technology* (AAS degree, certificates in Airframe Maintenance Technology, Powerplant Maintenance Technology)
Geographic Information Technology*
Green Jobs Initiative
Photonics/Laser Electro Optics*
ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING
Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration
Computer Information Systems*
Geographic Information Technology*
Machine Tool Technology
Photonics/Laser Electro Optics*
HEALTH AND BIOSCIENCES
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Emergency Medical Services Programs (AAS degree in EMT Paramedic, certificates in EMS First Responder, EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate and Emergency Room Technician)
Health Informatics Program (AAS degree in Health Information Technology*, certificates in Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Office Assistant*)
Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs (AS degree in Medical Laboratory Technician, certificates in Phlebotomy, Clinical Laboratory Assistant)
Nursing Programs (AAS degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing)
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
Food Service Management
Hospitality and Tourism
Accounting, AAS degree, Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration, certificate (under Mechanical Technology) Accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Association (PAHRA)
Airframe Maintenance Technician, certificate (under Aviation Technology) Certified under FAA Part 147
Automotive Technology, certificate (under Transportation Technology) Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Aviation Maintenance Technician, AAS degree (under Aviation Technology) Certified under FAA Part 147
Business Administration, AAS degree, Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Computer Information Systems, AAS degree, Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Construction Management Technology, AAS degree, Accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
Court Reporting, certificate, Approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
Culinary Arts, AAS degree, Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF)
Dental Assistant, certificate, Accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AS degree, Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Health Information Technology, AAS degree, Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Hospitality and Tourism, certificate and AA degree, Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Medical Laboratory Technician, AS degree, Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
Nursing, AS degree, Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing
Office Technology, AAS degree, Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Paralegal Studies, AAS degree, Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Paralegal Studies Post Degree certificate, Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) (under Paralegal Studies)
Paramedic AAS degree, Accredited by New Mexico Joint Organization of Education (JOE), Accreditation in progress with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Powerplant Maintenance Technician, certificate (under Aviation Technology) Certified under FAA Part 147
Practical Nursing, certificate, Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing
Pre-Management, AA degree, Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Radiologic Technology, AS degree, Recognized by the American Registry of Radiological Technologist (ARRT) through the NCACS-HLC accreditation of CNM
Respiratory Therapy, AS degree, Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Surgical Technology, certificate, Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Truck Driving, certificate, Accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI)
Veterinary Technology, AAS degree, Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)