Cosmetology Degree

Trains students in all elements of professional Cosmetology. Successful graduates are prepared for the Washington State Department of Licensing Cosmetology examination, and upon licensing will be qualified for positions as cosmetologists.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 5.5

Estimated Cost: $11,119.70

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters. Fall and winter quarters for evening program.

Students will participate in realistic training in the student-operated salon. Clover Park Technical College utilizes an interactive module system of 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. Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math) and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Employability Requirement: 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, complete 1600 hours of technical instruction, and pass both the written and practical exams for the Department of Licensing.

Program Length: This program is approximately five and oneā€“half quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates:
Day Program: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters
Evening Program: Fall and winter quarters

Prerequisite: A mandatory orientation is required before admission to the program.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
COSMO 112 Infection Control Principles & Practices 2
COSMO 116 General Science of Hair 5
COSMO 121 Principles of Hair Design 2
COSMO 136 Application of Haircutting and Hairstyling 14
COSMO 141 Advanced Application of Haircutting 4
COSMO 146 Chemical Texture Services 5
COSMO 157 General Science of Hair Coloring 6
COSMO 161 Lab Clinic I 6
COSMO 162 Lab Clinic II 8
COSMO 171 Lab Clinic III 8
COSMO 175 Cosmetology Salon Business Practices 3
COSMO 180 Artificial Hair 1
COSMO 182 General Science of Nails 4
COSMO 188 General Science of Skin 4
COSMO 225 Advanced Hair Coloring 7
COSMO 228 State Board Practical Preparation 3
COSMO 230 Lab Clinic IV 9
COSMO 235 State Board Written Test Review 4
COSMO 243CAP Cosmetology Capstone 6
COSMO 249 Advanced Application of Hairstyling 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
CAS 115CL Or Other Computer Literacy Course that meets the degree requirement (or successfully pass the computer literacy exam) 3
  Total Credits for Completion 123-128

Students who have not met the 1600 hour technical instruction requirement will take one of the following internship courses:

Catalog # Course Name Credits
COSMO 248 Industry Internship I 1
COSMO 250 Industry Internship II 2
COSMO 252 Industry Internship III 3
COSMO 254 Industry Internship IV 4
COSMO 256 Industry Internship V 5