Cosmetology (AAS.COSM) 93-94 credit hours
Cosmetology (CER.COSM) 78 credit hours
Barber (CER.COSM.BARB) 60 credit hours
Esthetician (CER.COSM.ESTH) 24 credit hours
Cosmetology Instructor (CER.COSM.INST) 30 credit hours
Manicuring/Pedicuring (CER.COSM.MCPC) 23 credit hours

Cosmetology Program

The San Juan College Cosmetology program prides itself on its education and offers quality "real life" hands-on career training in Cosmetology, Barbering, Nail Technology and Esthetics. Students use current professional products and salon/spa equipment in a functioning salon environment. Instructors are commited to student success, and the program is designed to prepare the student for New Mexico licensure and entry level employment.

Associates of Applied Science

The associate's degree is available in the Cosmetology only. The program also offers several individualized certificates in specific personal care disciplines.


If you enjoy independence, being creative and working with people, this is the career for you. Being a licensed cometologist, barber stylist, or manicurist opens doors in many related fields, all offering solid earning potential, i.e. salon stylist, salon owner, make-up artist, platform artist, working as a researcher for a major company or an educator. While in this program you will learn artistry of hair, make-up and nails. You will learn the newest techniques of coloring with Redkin products. You will get ideas of how to open and operate your own salon. If your passion is to be a part of a creative, exciting and ever-changing industry, we can help you reach your goal.

Employment Opportunities

Overall employment of barbers, cosmetologists and other personal apperance workers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. The salon and spa industry is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for most other occupations. In addition, continued growth in the number of full-service spas and nail salons will also generate numberous job openings for manicurists/pedicurists and skin care specialists. In the field of esthetics/skin care specialists, employment is the projected to grow 38 percent. Concurrently, jobs for manicurists/pedicurists is likely to increase by 19 percent or more. Salaries in the personal care field can vary greatly, from $17,000 to $43,000, depending in region and the particular salon setting.

For more information, please call Nikki Roddy at 505-566-4249.