The Cosmetology program teaches basic cosmetology skills established by the New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Skincare Specialist, Manicurist and Pedicurist, and more.

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Program Information

You will study basic cosmetology skills designed to meet the standards established by the New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. The degree requires 68-69 credit hours in cosmetology and general education, which exceeds the minimum of 1,600 clock hours required by the State Board.

The Pivot Point International-based curriculum covers theory and lab in the following State Board requirements including:

  • sterilization
  • bacteriology
  • shampoo
  • rinses
  • scalp treatments
  • chemical rearranging (perms and relaxers)
  • hair styling
  • hair coloring and lightening
  • hair cutting
  • facials
  • pedicures
  • salon business
  • retail sales

You 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 your program start date. Please check with an academic advisor for more information.

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Nail Tech Graduate to State Fair Queen

Tonantzín Candelaria, who is this year’s State Fair Queen, graduated from CNM’s Nail Technician program and plans to return for her full Cosmetology degree. The daughter of a barber, Tonantzín says cosmetology was always going to be in her future. Learn more about Tonantzin's success today. 

Suncat Salon

CNM's Suncat Salon features a variety of cosmetology services, including hair, nail, and facial treatments. These services are performed by Cosmetology students under the supervision of licensed instructors. Schedule your appointment today! 

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid, current New Mexico Cosmetologist or Cosmetologist Instructor or Master Barber license, you can receive credit for courses in the Cosmetology program by filling out the Credit for Prior Learning (Cosmetology) form