Cosmetology Associate of Applied Technology Degree

Course list and total credit hours have been changed. See addendum for details.

Educating students in all aspects of professional cosmetology and hair design. Providing services to the hair, head, neck, or scalp. It includes conditioning treatments, haircutting, hairstyling, hair coloring, chemical texturizing services, and skin and nail care. Successful graduates are prepared for the Washington State Department of Licensing Cosmetology examination, and upon licensing will be qualified for positions as cosmetologists. Students will participate in realistic training in the student-operated salon. Clover Park Technical College uses an interactive system of training, utilizing hands-on applications, as well as up to 25 percent online training to support student learning. This model is considered a world leader in beauty education and provides innovative, high-quality educational systems that promote excellence in the hair and beauty industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Cosmetology degree, students will be able to:

  • Generate salon-quality hair services to industry standards.
  • Apply infection control principles, practices, and safety as mandated by state regulations.
  • Develop a plan for successful business principles.
  • Analyze client expectations during a consultation in the context of cosmetology art and science principles.
  • Summarize the test standards and information in order to pass Washington State board examination for licensure.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), social sciences (psychology, sociology), and COLL 102 that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Employability Requirements

To qualify for a cosmetologist license from the Washington State Department of Licensing, a student must successfully complete the technical courses offered in the program options and pass both the written and practical examinations required by the Washington Department of Licensing.

Program Length

This program is approximately six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Day Program: Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters. 

Accreditation

This school is licensed under chapter 18.16 RCW. Inquiries, concerns, or complaints regarding this school can be made to the Department of Licensing.

Mailing Address:

Professional Licensing Support Services

Department of Licensing

PO BOX 9026

Olympia, WA 98507-9026

Phone: 360-664-6645

Email: plssunit@dol.wa.gov

Program Note

COSMO 183, 189 and 233 will only be offered in the Fall and Spring quarters

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

A mandatory orientation is required prior to admission to the program.

Program Course List

COSMO 112Infection Control Principles & Practices

2

COSMO 117Trichology

4

COSMO 137Application of Haircutting, Hairstyling, and Thermal Styling

13

COSMO 146Chemical Texture Services

5

COSMO 159Lab Clinic I

7

COSMO 163Lab Clinic II

9

COSMO 167General Science of Hair Coloring

6

COSMO 172Lab Clinic III

10

COSMO 175Cosmetology Salon Business Practices

3

COSMO 181Artificial Hair

2

COSMO 183General Science of Nails

7

COSMO 189General Science of Skin

7

COSMO 226Advanced Hair Coloring

8

COSMO 232State Board Practical Preparation

6

COSMO 233Lab Clinic V

6

COSMO 234Lab Clinic IV

9

COSMO 237State Board Written Test Review

2

COSMO 245CAPCosmetology Capstone

2

 

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

MAT 111Math for Cosmo/Esth Professionals

5

Or

100-level math class

5

 

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

Or

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

Or

PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace

5

 

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:128-132

NOTE: 

MAT 111: preferred 

Computer Literacy Requirements: Computer Literacy Course that meets the degree requirement, or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

Students not meeting state licensure hours requirements will take one or more of the following internship courses:

COSMO 248Internship I

1

COSMO 250Internship II

2

COSMO 252Internship III

3

COSMO 254Internship IV

4

COSMO 256Internship V

5