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 (39 units)  Units
COS-60A1 Cosmetology Concepts Level A1 5.5
COS-60A2  Cosmetology Concepts Level A2  5.5
COS-60B1  Cosmetology Concepts Level B1  5
COS-60B2 Cosmetology Concepts Level A2  5
COS-60C1 Cosmetology Concepts Level C1  5
COS-60C2  Cosmetology Concepts Level C2 5
COS-60D1  Cosmetology Concepts Level D1 4
COS-60D2  Cosmetology Concepts Level D2  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.

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.