Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This community college serves the metropolitan area of Albuquerque and it was formerly known as the Albuquerque Technical Institute. It was established back in 1964 and it serves over 35,000 students currently. CNM is known as the second largest post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico in terms of pure enrollment numbers. It offers 47 associate’s degree programs,52 certificate programs, and robust online distance learning opportunities.

The CNM nursing program has a reputation for being a high-quality, low-cost option for prospective nursing students. Students will be able to pursue associate’s degrees in nursing and will receive a thorough education including classroom instruction, laboratory experiences, and supervised clinical instruction culminating in one-on-one real-life practice in a clinical setting. The program has been designed to meet all of the requirements of the New Mexico State Board of Nursing and has its full approval. It is also fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students24,442
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate62%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Certificate 56 213
Associate's degree 42 192
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 3 31
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 81%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1978 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
04/01/1989 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
12/01/1972 - 06/30/2013



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$54/credit
In State Students$54/credit
Out of State Students$287/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,430 $2,430 $12,915
ADN 70 $3,780 $3,780 $20,090
BSN 125 $6,750 $6,750 $35,875
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 84% of Central New Mexico Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 60% $4,752
Other Federal Grant 8% $590
State Grant & Scholarships 70% $908
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 23% $580
Federal Student Loans 12% $3,051
Private Loans -- $9,607


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$3,118
$30,001 to $48,000$4,108
$48,001 to $75,000$6,343
$75,001 to $110,000$8,012
Over $110,000$8,479

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Mexico state board of nursing.
Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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