Transferring to CNM
- Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Challenge Exams
- Course Substitutions and Waivers
- License and/or certificate
- Military Transcripts
Students who have not yet selected either an academic focus or the institution where they wish to graduate are advised to take courses during their freshman year outlined in the Lower Division General Education Common Core. For students enrolled at any public institution in New Mexico, the following courses are guaranteed to transfer to any other New Mexico public college or university and apply toward associate and baccalaureate degree program requirements. Students should consult with an academic advisor about which specific courses fit these categories. Students preparing for careers in engineering, health sciences or other profession-related fields are advised that some of this course work may not transfer toward general education requirements but in most cases will apply toward elective requirements.
Lower-Division Transfer Modules
Students who have selected a field of study but have not yet selected the college or university where they wish to earn a bachelor’s degree are advised to take courses during their freshman and sophomore years outlined in one of the Lower-Division Transfer Modules. For students enrolled at any public institution in New Mexico, these courses are guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico university and apply toward bachelor’s degree program requirements. Students should consult an academic advisor about which specific classes fit these categories. Lower-division transfer modules presently exist for: business, engineering, biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences, teacher education, early childhood education and physical sciences. Copies of these Transfer Modules may be obtained from the State of New Mexico Higher Education Department.
Credits earned at other postsecondary institutions may be transferred and applied toward program requirements in accordance with CNM transfer credit guidelines.
Credits earned at other postsecondary institutions may be transferred and applied toward program requirements in accordance with the following guidelines:
- An official transcript from each institution attended must be sent for evaluation to CNM Records Office, 525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
- Credit for Arts and Sciences courses earned at regionally accredited postsecondary institutions will be evaluated automatically upon receipt of the official transcript (for admitted and currently enrolled students only). Courses with D or better grades earned at public New Mexico institutions will be considered for transfer credit; courses from institutions outside New Mexico and private institutions in New Mexico must have C or better grades to be considered for transfer credit.
- International transcripts: students must provide an official course by course evaluation by an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluators.
- To receive credit for Career and Technical courses, the student must complete the Request for Evaluation of Career and Technical Education Coursework form and submit it to the CNM Records Office. An interview and/or demonstration of competence may be required before the decision regarding credit is made. Demonstration of competence is required for all Career and Technical transfer credit more than 10 years old.
- Remedial and upper-division courses are not generally transferable.
New Mexico Public Institutions
Transferring course credits from New Mexico public institutions
To help students transfer course credits among New Mexico's colleges and universities, the state's public institutions of higher education are required to accept in-transfer courses taken within approved modules of lower-division course work and apply them toward degree requirements.
New Mexico's colleges and universities have worked together to produce guides to assist students who plan to transfer before completing a program of study. Course modules are designed to help students select courses carefully so that they may transfer with little or no loss of credit. However, planning for transferring course credits is the student's responsibility. Responsible transfer planning includes early and regular consultation with the intended degree-granting institution to assure that all pre-transfer coursework will meet the requirements of the desired degree. For additional information refer to the Course Catalog or contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department.
To request that your transcript be sent to CNM please complete the Request for Other Institute Transcript Form and forward it to each institution you have attended.
Out of State/Private Institutions
CNM encourages students to submit for evaluation official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions they have attended to CNM Records Office.
Arts and Sciences courses completed outside New Mexico or at private institutions in New Mexico must be regionally accredited and have grades of C or better to be considered for transfer credit.
International transcripts and Career and Technical courses are accepted for evaluation at CNM provided all CNM transfer guidelines are met.
Students may be allowed to establish credit for courses based on life and work experience, prior training, and/or specialized testing.
- Course Substitutions and Waivers
- Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or DSST (DANTES) Exam
- Challenge Exams
Our goal is to increase student retention and reduce time to completion of degree. Credit for Prior Learning is academic credit awarded toward a Certificate or Associates degree program; to students who:
- Have completed a AP or CLEP exam
The student must meet or exceed the minimum required exam score to pass the exam)
- Have Military Transcripts (policy currently under review)
- License and/or certificate
Verifiable licensures and certificates are awarded credit toward degree in an applicable field of study.
- Challenge exams are also available within the Programs of Study.
The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) is a three section exam that allows individuals who have the knowledge to earn college credit for IT 1010.
Students may earn up to 30 credits through Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Earned AP and CLEP credit will be treated as transfer credit.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams offer students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they may already know. CLEP offers credit for a variety of Math, Science & Engineering, Foreign Languages, Communication, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences courses to enrolled student. CLEP scores are good for 20 years. Students wanting more information or to take a CLEP exam need to visit the CNM Assessment Center.to fill out a registration form. Upon registration, a receipt will be given to you for the non-refundable CNM administration fee payable at the cashiers' office. The CLEP exam fee is due on the day of exam. Checks or money orders made payable to CLEP are also accepted. You must have a photo I.D. If you are repeating an exam you must wait six months. CLEP exams that are repeated within 6 months of the test date will have the scores cancelled and test fees forfeited. For more information, contact
CNM Challenge Exams are available to applicants and currently enrolled students who wish to establish CNM credit for prior education, training and/or experience. Other post-secondary institutions may not accept challenge exam credit. A student may attempt a challenge exam only once per course.
- A student may not take a challenge exam if, within the last 10 years, he or she completed the course at any school with a final grade, including AU but excluding W grades.
- A grade of CR will be recorded upon the student’s completion of CNM credit coursework in the same or subsequent term.
- Courses successfully challenged may count toward program requirements, but not CNM’s graduation residency requirement.
Contact the appropriate school office for information on Challenge Exams and other exams that may be available.
A course for which a student has already received credit may be substituted for a required course within the student's program if the substituting course meets the competencies of the required course.
Course substitutions must be approved by the academic division in which the student's program is offered. Please refer to main offices of the academic divisions for further details.
If the substituting course has fewer credit hours, the student may be required to make up the credit difference with appropriate coursework identified by the division.
A course waiver is an exemption from a required course because the competencies of the course
have already been attained due to prior training, education, or work experience. A demonstration of these competencies will be required.
A course waiver must first be approved by the academic division in which the student's program is
offered and then secondly by the division in which the waived course is offered. Please refer to main offices of the academic divisions for further details.
Credit waivers do not require the student to make up the deficient credit(s), however; there are limits to the number of credits that can be waived in a program.
The following licenses and certifications are currently accepted as Credit for Prior Learning credit at CNM. Academic credit is awarded to students with current licenses/ certificates who are working toward a degree within the same field to which they currently obtain a license/ certificate. Simply present the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning Form (links below) plus a copy of your license or certification to any Enrollment Services Office to initiate the approval process.
- Emergency Medical Services
- Health Information Technology
- Nursing Assistant
- Practical Nursing
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Radiologic Technology
- Surgical Technology
- Surgical Technician 1001
- Veterinary Technology
- Policy currently under review