Cosmetology

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.

For more information, visit the Cosmetology website at cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/cosmetology

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Cosmetology, Associate Degree (A55140)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree – Cosmetology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • CPCC Application
  • High School transcript
  • College transcripts
  • CPCC placement tests
  • Cosmetology Program Application

Notes

Progression in this program is dependent upon a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses, as well as major and related courses.

Students applying to the CPCC Cosmetology Program are required to submit a copy of their Social Security Card, Tax ID card or student visa information, government-issued Identification and proof of date of birth. They also must submit an acknowledgement of the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts felony policy, found on the program application.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Major Requirements
COS 111Cosmetology Concepts I4.0
COS 112Salon I8.0
COS 113Cosmetology Concepts II4.0
COS 114Salon II8.0
COS 115Cosmetology Concepts III4.0
COS 116Salon III4.0
COS 117Cosmetology Concepts IV2.0
COS 118Salon IV7.0
COS 240Contemporary Design2.0
COS 223Contemp Hair Coloring2.0
BUS 230Small Business Management3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
Total Credits69

No diplomas offered.

Cosmetology Instructor Certificate (C55160)

Major Requirements
COS 271Instructor Concepts I5.0
COS 272Instructor Practicum I7.0
COS 273Instructor Concepts II5.0
COS 274Instructor Practicum II7.0
Total Credits24

Cosmetology Certificate (C55140-C1)

This certificate is available to students through Career and College Promise.

The beauty industry offers highly skilled and personable professionals many employment opportunities in beauty salons, department stores, barbershops, hospitals, hotels, spas and resorts.  Entrepreneurial careers include salon ownership, beauty product creation, freelance cosmetic artistry for movie sets and magazine photo shoots. Get started on your career in cosmetology by enrolling in our CCP Fundamentals program today.

Major Requirements
COS 111Cosmetology Concepts I4.0
COS 112Salon I8.0
COS 113Cosmetology Concepts II4.0
COS 114Salon II8.0
COS 115Cosmetology Concepts III4.0
COS 116Salon III4.0
Other Major Requirements
COS 240Contemporary Design2.0
Total Credits34

Courses

COS 111AB. Cosmetology Concepts I. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, first aid, sanitation, bacteriology, anatomy, diseases and disorders, hygiene, product knowledge, chemistry, ethics, manicures, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Corequisites: Take COS 112AB
Take COS 112

COS 111BB. Cosmetology Concepts I. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, first aid, sanitation, bacteriology, anatomy, diseases and disorders, hygiene, product knowledge, chemistry, ethics, manicures, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Corequisites: Take COS 111AB
Take COS 112

COS 111. Cosmetology Concepts I. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, first aid, sanitation, bacteriology, anatomy, diseases and disorders, hygiene, product knowledge, chemistry, ethics, manicures, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Corequisites: Take COS 112

COS 112AB. Salon I. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-12.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic salon services. Topics include scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, permanent waving, pressing, relaxing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate salon services.

Corequisites: Take COS 111
Take COS 111AB

COS 112BB. Salon I. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-12.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic salon services. Topics include scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, permanent waving, pressing, relaxing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate salon services.

Corequisites: Take COS 112AB
Take COS 111

COS 112. Salon I. 8.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-24.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic salon services. Topics include scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, permanent waving, pressing, relaxing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate salon services.

Corequisites: Take COS 111

COS 113. Cosmetology Concepts II. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers more comprehensive cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, product knowledge, chemistry, manicuring, chemical restructuring, and hair coloring. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply these cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 114. Salon II. 8.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-24.0. Work-0.0

This course provides experience in a simulated salon setting. Topics include basic skin care, manicuring, nail application, scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, chemical restructuring, pressing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate these salon services.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 115. Cosmetology Concepts III. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers more comprehensive cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, product knowledge, salon management, salesmanship, skin care, electricity/light therapy, wigs, thermal hair styling, lash and brow tinting, superfluous hair removal, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply these cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 116. Salon III. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-12.0. Work-0.0

This course provides comprehensive experience in a simulated salon setting. Emphasis is placed on intermediate-level of skin care, manicuring, scalp treatments, shampooing, hair color, design, haircutting, chemical restructuring, pressing, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate these salon services.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 117. Cosmetology Concepts IV. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced cosmetology concepts. Topics include chemistry and hair structure, advanced cutting and design, and an overview of all cosmetology concepts in preparation for the licensing examination. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these cosmetology concepts and meet program completion requirements.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 118. Salon IV. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-21.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced experience in a simulated salon setting. Emphasis is placed on efficient and competent delivery of all salon services in preparation for the licensing examination and employment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in program requirements and the areas covered on the Cosmetology Licensing Examination and meet entry-level employment requirements.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 223. Contemp Hair Coloring. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers basic color concepts, hair coloring problems, and application techniques. Topics include color theory, terminology, contemporary techniques, product knowledge, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify a clients color needs and safely and competently perform color applications and correct problems.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 240. Contemporary Design. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers methods and techniques for contemporary designs. Emphasis is placed on contemporary designs and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply techniques associated with contemporary design.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 111 and COS 112

COS 271. Instructor Concepts I. 5.0 Credits. Class-5.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic cosmetology instructional concepts. Topics include orientation, theories of education, unit planning, daily lesson planning, laboratory management, student assessment, record keeping, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify theories of education, develop lesson plans, demonstrate supervisory techniques, and assess student performance in a classroom setting.

Corequisites: Take COS 272

COS 272. Instructor Practicum I. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-21.0. Work-0.0

This course covers supervisory and instructional skills for teaching entry-level cosmetology students in a laboratory setting. Topics include demonstrations of services, supervision, and entry-level student assessment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate salon services and instruct and objectively assess the entry-level student.

Corequisites: Take COS 271

COS 273. Instructor Concepts II. 5.0 Credits. Class-5.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced cosmetology instructional concepts. Topics include practical demonstrations, lesson planning, lecture techniques, development and administration of assessment tools, record keeping, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to develop lesson plans, demonstrate supervision techniques, assess student performance in a classroom setting, and keep accurate records.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 271 and COS 272
Corequisites: Take COS 274

COS 274. Instructor Practicum II. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-21.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to develop supervisory and instructional skills for teaching advanced cosmetology students in a laboratory setting. Topics include practical demonstrations, supervision, and advanced student assessment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas covered by the Instructor Licensing Examination and meet program completion requirements.

Prerequisites: Take All: COS 271 and COS 272
Corequisites: Take COS 273