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2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 
2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]


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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety


Program information is available from the Ask CNM Contact Center at (505) 224-3000 or go to

Program Description

Students will study basic cosmetology skills designed to meet standards established by the New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. The degree requires 72-73 credit hours in cosmetology and general education, which exceeds the minimum of 1,600 clock hours required by State Board. The Pivot Point International-based curriculum covers theory and lab in the following State Board requirements: sterilization, bacteriology, shampoo, rinses, scalp treatments, chemical rearranging (perms and relaxers), hairstyling, hair coloring and lightening, hair cutting, facials, pedicuring, salon business and retail sales. Students can earn licensure by the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists after passing the state exam. 

Special Requirements

Starting in 2012, the Cosmetology Program will be designated as a Limited Entry Program at CNM. Students who wish to pursue Cosmetology will need to apply and be accepted before they can start the program. Please refer to the Office of Limited Entry Programs for information about application requirements, selection criteria, and deadlines.

Student equipment and textbooks are required to complete the cosmetology courses. See the Program website for more information. In order to become registered with the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, provide a birth certificate and pay a registration fee (money order) by the 5th day of the term. 

Career and Educational Opportunities

A career in cosmetology may offer opportunities in the areas of stylist, consultant, sales representative or owner. Jobs are available in private salons, franchise salons and day spas. Attaining the AAS Degree in Cosmetology exceeds the State of New Mexico’s requirements for licensure and may offer advancement opportunities in management positions in industry or entrepreneurial situations of salon ownership.

Exit competencies (see Program Exit Competencies  ) for this program of study are available at

For the graduation policy refer to the Moving On  section, or the Students tab in my CNM.

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