Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56 
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56

Cosmetology, Associate of Applied Science

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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

Students will study basic cosmetology skills designed to meet standards established by the New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. The degree requires 62-63 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, pedicures, salon business and retail sales. Students can earn licensure by the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists after passing the state exam. This program’s first term courses are offered fall term and spring term only. This may delay a student’s program start date.  Please check with an advisor for more information.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an: Associate degree of Applied Science
  • This educational option can be completed: 5 terms – 1 term pre-requisites, 4 terms Cosmetology
  • This educational option is designed for: A completed  associate degree and licensed cosmetologist upon passed state board examination and receiving licensure from New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.
  • This educational option can be started: Every Fall term and Spring term.
  • Primary course location: RB Building, Joseph Montoya Campus.

Special Requirements

Completed High School diploma or equivalent.  Credit for prior learning depending on the correct sources.

Felony Conviction

Contact Patrick Gomez, student advisor for any information pertaining to this at 505-224-4000 ext. 51659.  Consult the Criminal Offender’s Employment Act.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites. (Clinical courses at hospitals, internships, etc.)

Additional Supplies

Upon payment from the student, the textbooks and Pivot Point Kit are provided and available at the CNM bookstore.

Program Fees

Program fees cover costs incurred on behalf of the student for student-issued equipment, background checks, drug screens, etc.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

Upon graduation the student will receive an Associate degree in Applied Science whereupon they may progress to build on this degree toward a bachelor degree or business degree.

Career Opportunities

The student may contact New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists for the vast possibilities available to a Cosmetologist.  The graduated Cosmetologist may progress to earn a business degree.  Consult the New Mexico Labor Board.

Cosmetologists may work in Dermatology Medical office with skin care, senior center hair care and nail care, cruise ship cosmetology, or with the entertainment industry such as theatre makeup and hair, the film industry, or fashion industry.  They may also choose to open their own salon, or be a part of a large corporation that has salons such as JCPenney Salons.

For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating From CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.


Program Requirements


Term 2

This program’s second term courses are offered fall term and spring term only. This may delay a student’s program start date.  Please check with an advisor for more information.

Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 62

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