New Mexico Junior College

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Degree & Program Offerings

The NMJC Board is authorized by the State of New Mexico to confer the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees.  A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken at NMJC. One and two-year certificates are also authorized by the Board.
 

Associate Degrees

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees are designed for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree, although some programs fulfill occupational as well as personal goals. The Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degrees are designed as flexible degree plans that allow a student to take the classes needed for a variety of academic majors at a four-year institution of higher learning. The Associate of Science degree is usually used for various science, math, and engineering majors; and the Associate of Arts degree usually best fits all of the other transfer majors.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed for students who are planning employment following the awarding of the degree. However, some students graduating with an AAS transfer to four-year institutions to complete a baccalaureate degree. Students should be aware that some of the credits in the Associate of Applied Science may not transfer. Students should confer with advisors before making academic plans.

General Graduation Requirements

Candidates for any associates degree offered by NMJC must meet the following minimum degree requirements:
• A minimum of 60 acceptable semester hours must be earned.
• A minimum of 15 semester hours must be earned at NMJC. The remainder may be acceptable transfer credits.
• The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
• Transitional and / or developmental courses do not fulfill any of the above requirements.
• Students will not be permitted to graduate if they have unresolved incomplete (I) grades on their academic record.
 

Certificates

NMJC offers a broad array of occupational certificate programs that provide a course of study preparing students directly for employment or self-employment upon completion of the program. Most certificate programs are developed through the collaboration of NMJC faculty and industry leaders and employers who sit on Advisory Committees for the occupational disciplines.
 

NMJC is committed to maintaining the academic rigor and relevance of its occupational curriculum. The majority of our occupational programs have an advisory committee to provide occupational outlook information and give input to the curriculum, ensuring that students are learning the skills needed by industry. Whether the student is exploring career choices following high school, considering a major career move, or seeking new skills for advancement, a wide variety of training options are available through these certificate programs. Refer to the degree offerings to determine what certificates are offered.

Programs of Study

The Associate of Arts degree is sometimes referred to as a “university parallel” or “transfer” degree. The general education requirements, when completed at NMJC, generally meet the lower division general education requirements of all public baccalaureate colleges and universities in the state of New Mexico. Students, after consulting with academic advisors, will need to select courses suitable to their educational needs (i.e., career goal, major, learning style, transfer goals). Students should visit with an academic advisor / counselor before making degree plans.
The Associate of Science degree is sometimes referred to as a “university parallel” or “transfer” degree. The general education requirements, when completed at NMJC, generally meet the lower division general education requirements of all public baccalaureate colleges and universities in the state of New Mexico. Students, after consulting with advisors, will need to select courses suitable to their educational needs, (i.e., career goal, major, learning style, transfer goals). Students should review transfer information before making degree plans.
Program Description
NMJC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in industry specific programs for Ford Motor Company (ASSET) and General Motors(ASEP). ASSET and ASEP students are sponsored by automotive dealerships and earn their degrees in a two-year work-study program. Upon successful completion of the program, ASSET and ASEP students are employed by their sponsoring dealerships. This program is designed for students who wish to become professional automotive technicians. Students in the Automotive Technology Program will receive quality classroom instruction as well as hands-on laboratory experience using state-of-the-art diagnostic test equipment. In addition, students have the opportunity to be placed in a cooperating automotive service facility, receive supervised work experience, training under an experienced automotive technician.
 
Career & Advancement Opportunities
With the continuous use of electronic systems and on-board computers, there will be constant demand for highly skilled, well-trained automotive technicians. Graduates of this program are prepared to enter the market as automotive technicians. Employment is readily found.
Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) Ford Motor Company – Contact Information: 575.492.2888
Student Service Educational Training (ASEP) General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program – Contact Information: 575.492.2863
Program Description
The Business program provides graduates with a strong foundation in the theory and practices of business. Coursework covers financial, managerial,
and legal practices and procedures. Students also study the verbal, written, and teamwork skills needed for a business career.
Career and Advancement Opportunities
Most businesses, governmental, and non-profit organizations employ business majors. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics Job Outlook Handbook
predicts that both full- and part-time employment for persons with business education are expected to grow faster than average.
Contact Information:  Business, Math, and Sciences, (575) 492-2801 
Program Description
NMJC offers an AAS degree and certificates to students who wish to pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems. The program allows students to choose an emphasis area.
Career and Advancement Opportunities
Graduates of the program find jobs as Network Technician, Assistant Network Administrator, PC Technician, Workstation Support Technician,  Technical Support Technician, or Computer Systems Technician.
Contact Information:  Business, Math, and Sciences, (575) 492-2801
Program Description
This program offers students a comprehensive education in all aspects of barbering and cosmetology and ensures customer satisfaction.  Life-Long learning is encouraged. The curriculum meets the standards and requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology and of other careers in the world of hair and beauty. This knowledge and ability are achieved first through lecture and demonstration followed by actual work in a salon atmosphere. Students receive clinical experience that prepares them for job market.
Career and Advancement Opportunities
Graduates are prepared to take the New Mexico licensing exams, and upon receipt of state licenses they are ready for entry level positions in a salon. Opportunities abound for students to work toward financial independence.
Requirements
Interested students must interview with the Coordinator of the Program and complete an application to the program. Students must complete the application process and be accepted into the program prior to enrolling in any cosmetology courses.
Contact Information: Maria Vick, Coordinator & Professor of Cosmetology, (575)492-2850, mvick@nmjc.edu
Degree Plan for Certificate of Cosmetology - 48 Credit Hours
Program Description
This program prepares students for a career in the multifaceted criminal justice system. The curriculum is structured around a core of courses allowing students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to work in law enforcement, private security, corrections, and other related areas of criminal justice. The curriculum, which covers a variety of topics in criminal justice, focuses on developing the ability to understand and apply legal concepts, investigative techniques, evidence collection and presentation, report writing, patrol operations, and traffic management.  The program also stresses practical skills needed to deal with the complex social, psychological, political, and organizational factors that affect the discretionary decisions of law enforcement personnel. This blend of specific skills and informed perspectives prepares the Criminal Justice graduate to make the difficult decisions often required when serving the needs of the community.
Career and Advancement Opportunities
Many graduates find job opportunities in federal, state, county, and municipal governments. The knowledge and skills acquired in this program qualify graduates for positions with private enterprise in areas such as industrial, retail, and private security.
Special Requirements
A minimum of 60 credit hours are required for the Associate of Applied Science degree, and the requirements for the certificates are listed below. All courses, other than General Education requirements, must be completed with a “C” or better. Students should consult with a counselor or advisor for possible degree revisions and for proper sequential order of degree completion.  In addition to the AAS degree, students can apply credit hours earned in criminal justice to the Associate of Arts degree. Students should consult with a counselor or advisor for specific transfer information.  In addition to the AAS degree, students can apply credit hours earned in criminal justice to the Associate of Arts degree. Students should consult with a counselor or advisor for specific transfer information.
 
The certificate in Criminal Justice is offered to students enrolled in the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Training Academy. Some of the courses with a LA prefix are cross-listed with Criminal Justice courses; please check the course descriptions. The LA courses include hands-on training components not included in the CJ courses to prepare the student to qualify to take the State of New Mexico peace officer certification examination. The CJ courses may not be substituted for the LA courses since they do not include the hands-on training components.
Contact Information:  Dr. August Fons, Dean - (575) 492-2721 afons@nmjc.edu
Degree Plan for Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Criminal Justice - 60 Credit Hours 
Program Description
Early Childhood Education is appropriate for those students planning to work with children from birth through eight-years-old. In order to meet New Mexico state competencies, the Associate of Arts degree for Early Childhood Education has specific course requirements.  The Early Childhood Education Associates of Arts degree is made up of sixty (60) semester hours. The Early Childhood Education certificate program is made up of 29 credit hours.
The Alternative Licensure Program is a 12-credit program with a supervised field experience component for participants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher level degree) and want to become a teacher at the elementary level (K-8th grade). The program helps provide students the opportunity to prepare for certification (teacher licensure) to teach K-8th grade in the state of New Mexico. Future students should consult with a faculty member for acceptance into the program.  Upon satisfactory completion of the courses below the student will be awarded a certificate from the State of New Mexico--Office of Child Development. All of the courses required for this certificate will transfer to the Associate of Arts for Early Childhood at NMJC. The students should meet with an appropriate advisor in order to ensure the proper order and completion of classes.
 
Career & Advancement Opportunities
The certificate and / or the Associate of Arts degree will be helpful in meeting the needs of students who plan to work with young children.  Students should meet with an appropriate advisor in order to ensure the proper order and completion of classes. Graduates from the program may transfer to four-year institutions in New Mexico that grant bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. In addition, graduates are equipped to serve as educational assistants, substitute teachers, Head Start teachers / assistants, or childcare setting teachers / assistants.  Upon satisfactory completion of the Early Childhood Education Departmental Requirements (29 hours listed below), the student will be awarded a certificate from the State of New Mexico-Office of Child Development, once application is made.   Contact:   Professor Lynda Newman, (575) 492-2826  lnewman@nmjc.edu
 
Certificate of Elementary Education Alternative Licensure
All courses must be completed with a “B” or better.
Student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
The goal of the Energy Technology Program at New Mexico Junior College is to offer a comprehensive program to students, who upon graduation with an Associate of Applied Science Degree,
are prepared to enter the workforce as an entry level technician.  The purpose of the Energy Technology Education Program at New Mexico Junior College is to support the educational infrastructure necessary for the nation to successfully move forward with its energy initiatives.  The dynamic program promotes and strengthens courses by teaching the required skills, safety standards, site security, environmental protection, and other critical fields relating the nation’s energy needs.
The Associate of Applied Arts Degree and Certification Program is offered completely online (except the Alternative Energy Technician). Students will have the luxury of taking classes in their own
environment while also having access to the many resources provided by New Mexico Junior College.
The Energy Technology Program takes pride in helping to prepare our students for a successful career in the Energy Industry. We believe that communication between program faculty and
professors is key to the success of students.  If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding the Energy Technology Program, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
  
The Entertainment and Music Technology program at New Mexico Junior College prepares students for a multi-faceted career in the entertainment and music industry as technology specialists. This two-year program is designed to provide students with comprehensive academic training and practical, real-world experience in live sound production,recording engineering, lighting production, video production, web design, basicentertainment business law, and multi-media production applications.

Classes are held in the new Bob Moran Entertainment Center, which features a state-of-the-art SSL Duality Recording Console. SSL is known world-wide as a maker of fine mixingboards. From the huge drum sound of the 80’s, begun by Phil Collins hit song, Somethingin the Air Tonightto the latest recordings by artists from Nashville to L. A., SSLoffers world-class technology. To compliment the console, a selection of industry-standardmicrophones, preamps, and equalizers allow students to replicate the sounds and effectsheard on hit records from the 60’s to today. The recording studio and control roomhas been designed, not just for its beauty and utility, but planned by acoustic engineersto be the perfect space for audio recording, a controlled environment to get the mostout of any performance.

A fully equipped computer lab gives every student the chance, both on their own andunder an instructor’s supervision, to compose and edit any kind of music: hip-hop,techno, country, pop, rock—the sky’s the limit—with software and hardware that isa standard in the music industry. The live sound lab is fully equipped with the latestgear to teach the art and science of mixing live performances in churches, concerthalls, and outdoor concerts. For those with an interest in either the technical side,or musicians who want to learn to record their own demos or albums, NMJC has the equipmentto take those first steps into a music career.  Job opportunities continue to grow in this field, including concert sound production,recording studios, theater production, movie/video production, and much more.

If you are new to NMJC, apply for admission at http://www.nmjc.edu/admissions/ and choose Entertainment & Music Technology as your major.  If you are a current student, talk with Professor Jerry Stoddard about the program,to see if this might interest you as a major.  You can also schedule a tour of our brand new state-of-the-art facilities.
 
Program Description
The mission of NMJC Nursing Programs is to promote success through learning by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by entry-level nurses to provide safe, patient-centered, high quality, nursing care across the lifespan that is evidence-based for diverse individuals, families, and groups within our community The NMJC Nursing Program is a member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) and utilizes the statewide, common curriculum developed by NMNEC for all state-supported nursing programs. http://www.nmnec.org/  The following program information is related to the two-year registered nursing education program (AAS) offered exclusively by the NMJC Nursing Program. For information regarding the four-year registered nursing program (BSN) offered at NMJC through partnership with the University of New Mexico, please contact the counseling office at NMJC, 575.392.5081.
 
 
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Students who successfully complete course requirements for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing and are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).
 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through partnership with the University of New Mexico
Students who successfully complete course requirements for Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing and are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse (BSN).
“Nursing is both an art and a science, founded on a professional body of knowledge that integrates concepts from the liberal arts and the biologic, physical, psychological and social sciences. It is a learned profession based on an understanding of the human condition across the lifespan and the relationships of an individual with others and within the environment. Nursing is a dynamic, continually evolving discipline that employs critical thinking to integrate increasingly complex knowledge, skills and technologies, and client care activities into evidence-based nursing practice. The goal of nursing for client care in any setting is preventing illness; alleviating suffering; protecting and restoring health; and promoting dignity in dying.”--National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Nursing Program Accreditation/Approval
AAS Program: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) The NMJC AAS Nursing Program is accredited by and responsible to the ACEN. For more information regarding NMJC AAS Nursing Program accreditation status, please write to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call ACEN at 404.975.5000.
New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON) Approval Status
The NMJC AAS Nursing Program holds a Certification of Full Approval from the NMBON. For more information regarding approval status, please contact the New Mexico Board of Nursing, 6301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 710, Albuquerque, NM, 87110 or visit the NMBON website:  www.bon.state.nm.us or call 505.841.9082.
Employment Opportunities
A regional nursing shortage ensures high job placement rates for nurses.
Career Advancement Opportunities
NMJC Nursing Program graduates may continue their education by pursuing higher degrees in nursing such as a Bachelor (BSN), Master (MSN), or Doctorate (PhD) degree as well as Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner (NP), or Doctorate degree in Nursing Practice (DrNP).
 
Registered Nursing Program Admission Process for AAS Degree
Completion of Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Requirements
A student is considered “pre-nursing” prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program. The pre-nursing student is preparing to meet the prerequisite requirements to apply for admission to the Nursing Program. The pre-nursing student should seek academic guidance at the Guidance and Counseling Office in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center. In addition, the NMJC Nursing Program Office personnel are available to answer questions or provide assistance to the pre-nursing student during the application and admission process. The NMJC Nursing Program Office is located in McLean Hall, Room 116 and the telephone number is 575.492.2517.
Successful Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Thee pre-nursing student must take the Test for Essential Academic SkillsV.0 (TEAS) by the admission application deadline of May 20th for fall admission to the nursing program and achieve a TEAS V.0 Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7% or higher.
*Note: The required TEAS scores may be adjusted based on student data trends and/or ATI recommendations.
Completion of Nursing Program Admission Application Requirements
The pre-nursing student must complete the nursing program admission application requirements by the May 20th application deadline for fall admission to the nursing program. Specific admissions requirements are posted on the NMJC nursing webpage.
Completion of Nursing Program Admission Eligibility Requirements
Initial admission eligibility is based on satisfactory completion of all pre-nursing requirements and Nursing Program admission application requirements by the May 20th deadline for fall admission to the Nursing Program. Current requirements and admission packets are available for download from the NMJC nursing webpage at www.nmjc.edu/academics/programs/aas_nu.aspx
Nursing Program Selective Admission Process
The Nursing Program utilizes selective admission criteria. The selective admission criteria for the AAS program is contained within the Nursing Program Admissions Requirements document posted on the NMJC nursing webpage.
International Students
Minimally acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) scores: Overall score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26.
Contact Information: Misty Stine, MSN, RN-Director of Allied Health & Nursing, McLean Hall, Room 116, (575) 492.2517 mstine@nmjc.edu
Grades for Nursing Students
Students in the Nursing Program will receive grades based upon the percentage grading scale listed below: 90 - 100.00% = A; 80 - 89.99% = B; 77 - 79.99% = C; 60 - 76.99% = D; 0 - 59.99% = F 
A grade of 77 or higher is considered passing for nursing courses. A grade of C or higher is required for all nursing courses.  The students must pass all nursing classes in sequence prior to taking courses in the following Level (semester).
College Transfer Applicant
The transfer student should make an appointment with the Director of Nursing to discuss course work transfer, application, and admission eligibility requirements.
Program Description
The welding curriculum is designed to meet the minimum skill standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) for entry-level welders. Training is given in both theory ad practical skills in the various phases of welding and cutting. Also, the program provides technical training to meet the demands of the welding industry and the needs of the individual.
Career and Advancement Opportunities
Entry-level welders are employed in a wide range of industries that use welding and welding-related tasks.
Requirements
Fifteen credit hours must be earned at NMJC; a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required. All courses, other than General Education Requirements, must be completed with a “C” or better. Students should consult with a counselor or advisor for possible degree revisions and for proper sequential order of degree completion.
Contact Information: Professor Earl Nymeyer, (575) 492-2868, enymeyer@nmjc.edu