Steps to Becoming a Dual Credit Student

Complete these steps and get started as a Dual Credit student today.


Email [email protected] or call us at (505) 224-3352.


High school students at any public, private, or home school in the greater Albuquerque area can get a jump start on college by taking 1000-level and above classes at CNM — and tuition and registration fees are waived!

*Dual Credit students only pay course fees & uniform costs (if required).

Complete the steps below to get started:

*Homeschool students need to show home school registration with the New Mexico Public Education Department and provide us with state-issued ID number (Stars ID) 

*Private school students will need to provide a state-issued ID number (Stars ID) 

STEP 1: Apply and Get a CNM Student ID Number

Submit a free online application. Be sure to select “Dual Credit” as your student type. You will receive a CNM student ID number after applying or one will be emailed to you.

Need assistance? Check out our video tutorial on applying to the Dual Credit program

Note: Please allow 1-2 business days for our admissions team to process your application. You will receive an email with your CNM information once processed. If after three business days you do not receive anything, please call us at (505) 224-3352.


Please do not complete any of the steps below until you have your CNM student ID number.

STEP 2: Submit the Required Agreement Form

Email the required agreement form at any CNM Admissions Office within five business days after completing the CNM admissions application. If you are 18 or over, you must still submit the form signing for yourself. Please allow 1-2 business days for the form to be processed.

Note: Please wait to submit your agreement form until you have your CNM student ID number. All information on the form must be filled out to ensure timely processing.

Agreement Form

STEP 3: Set Up Your myCNM Student Account

Login to your myCNM student account by using your CNM email address. Your CNM email address is the username you received after applying (e.g., [email protected]). You will register for courses, view your grades, and communicate with your instructors in myCNM. 

Set up your password to check CNM email and Brightspace. Your password should be 8 characters long, have at least one upper case letter, one lowercase letter, and one number, and should not include your name or CNM username. If this is your first time creating your myCNM account, your temporary password will be the last four digits of your CNM ID and GoSuncats! Example: 1234GoSuncats!

Note: Check your myCNM email daily to ensure you don't miss important communication from CNM.

myCNM Student Account

STEP 4: Complete New Student Orientation

Complete the new student orientation. Dual Credit students must complete the online orientation. You will be asked to enter your first name, last name, CNM student ID number, and date of birth to begin the orientation. You must complete the dual credit online orientation before you attempt to register for a class.

New Student Orientation

STEP 5: Assessment/Placement 

Submit your official ACT or SAT scores. If you don't have these, please review your options below. Both options are free!

Math Placement: The Accuplacer Placement Exam is currently being offered remotely or at CNM's Main, Montoya, Westside, Rio Rancho, and South Valley campuses. Exams must be scheduled in advance, and you must have your CNM student ID number and a picture ID to take the exam.

Reading/Writing Placement: The Directed Self-Placement (DSP) tool does not require an appointment. You can take the DSP any time from a cell phone or other online device. Students needing a math placement score will still need to take the math portion of the Accuplacer.

Schedule Your Math Accuplacer

Take the DSP

STEP 6: Meet With an Advisor

It is recommended that you meet with a Dual Credit Advisor to discuss your course placement options. Be sure to bring your ACT or SAT scores, or complete the Accuplacer Placement Exam before your appointment. 

Schedule an Appointment with Your Dual Credit Advisor

STEP 7: Register for Classes

Register for classes online through your myCNM student account. CNM's course catalog is an important resource when choosing courses. Students can take classes at the 1000 level and higher (with the exception of fitness classes) for which prerequisites are met. Print your class schedule to ensure you have a zero payment balance.

Need assistance? Check out our video tutorial on registering for a specific course or the video tutorial on registering for a dual credit in high school course

STEP 8: Get a CNM Student ID Card

Bring a copy of your schedule and a State ID card or Driver's License to the CNM ID Office to get your CNM student ID card. If you don't have one of the above, bring a copy of your schedule and a high school ID. Students without a State ID or Driver's License may need to have their enrollment confirmed. ID cards must be with you when you're on campus.

STEP 9: Get Your Textbooks

View the How to Access your Dual Credit textbook guide

Students who attend a regular APS high school or school of choice should fill out the online form, Where is my textbook? and Library Services will reply back with the status of their textbooks. Read the APS website for more information.

Charter school and all other school district students must print a copy of your schedule from your myCNM account. Bring your printed schedule and textbook charge form (pick up the charge form from your high school counselor) to a CNM Bookstore to pick up required textbooks.

Private school students check with your counselor as your school may pay for your textbooks.

Home-schooled students are responsible for the cost of textbooks.

includED Digital Textbooks - Students should check their class schedule in their myCNM student account for includED bookstore charges. If you have these charges on your account, you do not need to pay them if your high school is covering the cost of textbooks (applies to public and charter high school students). includED is a program that electronically delivers the required book automatically to the student on the first day of class. Information should also be included on your course syllabus provided on the first day of class. 

View a list of courses with includED Bookstore Charges

Note: Your high school must approve your registration. Your high school will receive information about the course(s) you've registered for. If your school doesn't approve the course(s), they will be dropped from your schedule.

STEP 10: Locate Your Classes

Go to the Visit CNM page to locate the campus and building where your class(es) will be held.

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) does not discriminate based on sex and prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program or activity it operates, in compliance with Title IX. This includes admissions and employment. For concerns or questions, contact the Title IX Coordinator by visiting the Title IX website.