Joni Ochoa Gallegos
Director of Cosmetology

Phone: 575.492.2689 or 575.602.3376


Program Description

New Mexico Junior College offers students a comprehensive, theory-based education, combined with progressive, clinical practicum and hands-on learning in the fields of Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics and Manicuring/Pedicuring. The School of Cosmetology Salon and Laboratory, located in the newly renovated McLean Hall, is where students gain the knowledge and skills for state licensure and to be successful in a highly competitive industry. Students attend full-time, Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm in up-to-date classrooms, laboratories and salon settings, where life-long learning is gained and encouraged. The curriculum meets the standards and requirements of the New Mexico State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and students learn the methodologies of Pivot Point and Milady through theory lecture, instructor demonstration and hands-on practice. Students receive the practical tools and products for use during classes and an online membership in Pivot Point Lab, where their scope of learning may be accessed 24 hours a day. Sessions are 8-weeks in length and 320 hours of state required clocked-in time.  Ninety percent attendance is required by state board regulation.

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Graduates are prepared to take the New Mexico State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology written and practical licensing exams, and have learned the skills required for employment in Barber shops, Salons, Spas, and other beauty-related establishments. Financial independence through career choices include Hairstylist, Barber, Nail Technician, Skin-care Technician, Medi-spa Technician, Makeup Artist, Hair Removal Technician, Event/Wedding Stylist, Shop/Salon Owner, Editorial or Fashion Stylist, Platform Artist, Advertisement Stylist, Beauty Writer/Editor, School Instructor, Beauty Consultant/Stylist, Manufacturer’s Product Representative, Celebrity/Personal Stylist, Film/Television Artist, Brand/Artistic Director, Hair Replacement/Extension Artist, Braiding/Wig Artist, Salon/Spa Consultant/Coordinator and Beauty School/Salon and Spa Owner/Manager.


Students must complete the application process and be accepted into the program prior to enrolling in any cosmetology courses. Click to Apply

All courses, other than General Education Requirements, must be completed with a "C" or better.
The Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
A minimum of 15 semester hours must be earned at NMJC.  The remainder may be acceptable transfer credits.
Transitional and/or developmental courses do not fulfill any or the above requirements.
Students will not be permitted to graduate if they have unresolved incomplete (I) grades on their academic record.