Cosmetology

This program prepares individuals to provide professional cosmetic services in salons, resorts, casinos, dermatologist’s offices and other related industry establishments. This includes courses in hair design, hair sculpting, chemical, esthetic and other cosmetic services, safety and sanitation, management, customer service, and preparation for practicing as licensed cosmetologist in the state of California. Courses in applicable professional labor laws and regulations in the cosmetology industry, physiology, anatomy, electricity and ergonomics are also covered in depth. Emphasis is placed on passing state licensing exam and industry entry skills. 

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  •  Deduce valid conclusions, compare and contrast viable techniques and apply principles in preparation of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology practical and written exam.
  • Identify and analyze concepts leading to synthesis of theory for the state board written exam. Produce a business plan and portfolio.
  • Demonstrate entry-level industry skills in a clinic laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrate workplace behaviors (“soft skills”) necessary for success in the cosmetology industry
Required Courses (47.5 units)  Units
COS-60A  Beginning Cosmetology Concepts  11
COS-60B Level II Cosmetology Concepts 10.5
COS-60C Level III Cosmetology Concepts 10
COS-60D Level IV Cosmetology Concepts  8
COS-60E Level V Cosmetology Concepts  8
Evening students may take the following courses to meet the requirements for COS-60E.
COS-60E1 Level V Cosmetology Concepts  4
COS-60E2 Level V Cosmetology Concepts  4

NOTE: Completion of cosmetology courses (each with a grade of “C” or better) entitles the student to the Cosmetology Certificate and eligibility for the State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination.

NOTE: Transfer students possessing eligible cosmetology hours of applied effort will be placed in the appropriate section with the approval of the department chair.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Cosmetology will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog. 

This Program Pathway will allow a full-time student to complete this program in 18-24 months. For students who require a part time pathway, please see a counselor for more information.