Dec 06, 2022  
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Career Technical, Associate of Arts

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School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)

This program allows the student pursuing a certificate or an associate of applied science degree that contains at least 30 technical credits (exclusive of IT 1010  or its equivalent) to take the required credit hours of arts and sciences coursework to earn an associate of arts degree at CNM with the required general education component for transfer to a 4-year institution. The CNM Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or certificate earned by a student must be within the last 10 years, or the student will be required to demonstrate continued proficiency in the technical components.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students are subject to admission requirements of the 4 year institution to which they plan to transfer. The acceptance of the 30 technical credit hours is subject to 4-year institutions who provide baccalaureate pathways for career technical bachelor’s degrees.

Courses taken with the credit/no credit option, transfer credits and non-traditional credits accepted by CNM toward this degree may not be accepted by the transfer institution.

Special Requirements

Department Approval Program

  • Students must have completed or declared career technical certificate (with at least 30 technical credits) or career technical degree and completed at least 12 technical credits towards the declared career technical certificate or AAS degree.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations


Career and Educational Opportunities

Education Pathways

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Term 1

  • Credits towards technical AAS or Certificate 12-15 credit hour(s) *

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5


Associate of Arts in Career Technical 68-74 credit hours

* Students may need to take more technical hours than noted in the above Term by Term to meet the requirements of their declared technical certificate or AAS degree. In order to receive this AA degree, student must already have received the career technical AAS or certificate (see above if certificate or degree is more than 10 years old) at least one semester before completing this AA degree.

Student will graduate with AAS degree or certificate plus this Career Technical AA degree.

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