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Cosmetology AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 5.5 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.
Prerequisites
A mandatory orientation is required before admission to the program.

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. Students will participate in realistic training in the student-operated salon. Clover Park Technical College uses 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 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, complete 1600 hours of technical instruction, and pass both the written and practical exams for the Department of Licensing.

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

  • COSMO 248
  • COSMO 250
  • COSMO 252
  • COSMO 254
  • COSMO 256

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
COSMO 112Infection Control Principles & Practices2
COSMO 116General Science of Hair5
COSMO 121Principles of Hair Design2
COSMO 136Application of Haircutting and Hairstyling14
COSMO 141Advanced Applications of Hair Cutting4
COSMO 146Chemical Texture Services5
COSMO 157General Science of Hair Coloring6
COSMO 161Lab Clinic I6
COSMO 162Lab Clinic II8
COSMO 171Lab Clinic III8
COSMO 175Cosmetology Salon Business Practices3
COSMO 180Artificial Hair1
COSMO 182General Science of Nails4
COSMO 188General Science of Skin4
COSMO 225Advanced Hair Coloring7
COSMO 228State Board Practical Preparation3
COSMO 230Lab Clinic IV9
COSMO 235State Board Written Test Review4
COSMO 243CAPCosmetology Capstone6
COSMO 249Advanced Application of Hairstyling4
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits123

Infection Control Principles & Practices

Item #
COSMO 112
Total Credits
2

Acquire knowledge for successful and responsible infection control, first aid, and safety. Learn concepts of microbiology, safe handling of tools, proper dispensing of chemicals, and how to prevent the spread of bacteria in a school or salon

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General Science of Hair

Item #
COSMO 116
Total Credits
5

Learn why professional hair services must be based on an understanding of the growth, structure and composition of hair. Gain skills in evaluating various hair and scalp conditions. Understand the purpose for draping and scalp massage as a foundation for attentive client care services.

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Principles of Hair Design

Item #
COSMO 121
Total Credits
2

Learn design and art principles as guidelines to assist you in achieving designs for the client. Gain skills in the consultation portion of hair design and practice good life skills and professional behaviors for salon success and effective communication.

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Application of Haircutting and Hairstyling

Item #
COSMO 136
Total Credits
14

This course introduces foundational haircutting techniques and tools that other hairstyling is built upon. Covers safe tool usage, including shears, taper shears, razor and clippers. Reinforces the practice of infection control and safety processes required by salon standards as well as state board regulations. 

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Advanced Applications of Hair Cutting

Item #
COSMO 141
Total Credits
4

Presents advanced skills and techniques that enable students to remain current with haircutting trends. Procedures and theory are reinforced to achieve desired effect. Infection control principles and practices are reinforced. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 136.
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Chemical Texture Services

Item #
COSMO 146
Total Credits
5

Presents the three main concepts of chemical texturizing: perming, relaxing with chemicals and reforming curls. This course covers the theory of chemical texturizing, tools used to achieve desired effects, infection control principles and practices, and client consultation. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 121, and COSMO 136.
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General Science of Hair Coloring

Item #
COSMO 157
Total Credits
6

Introduces the creative artistry of color through the study of color theory, the color wheel, basic color applications and techniques, and basic formulation. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 116, COSMO 121, and COSMO 136.
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Lab Clinic I

Item #
COSMO 161
Total Credits
6

Expand skills and knowledge by offering services to live models/clients in CPTC’s student clinic, a realistic salon environment. This course reinforces skills learned within the Cosmetology program and provides practice in advanced hairstyling and hair cutting. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 121, and COSMO 136.
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Lab Clinic II

Item #
COSMO 162
Total Credits
8

Experience hands-on learning in a realistic salon setting. Fundamental and developing skills are reinforced and expanded as students provide services on live models/clients in CPTC’s cosmetology clinic. Effective client/student interaction will be practiced. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 161 and COSMO 157, or instructor approval.
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Lab Clinic III

Item #
COSMO 171
Total Credits
8

Gain hands-on experience in Clover Park Technical College’s student clinic. Skills learned in previous quarters will be reinforced, in addition to chemical texturizing and nail care services. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 162 or instructor approval.
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Cosmetology Salon Business Practices

Item #
COSMO 175
Total Credits
3

This course introduces the topics of salon business, going in to business for yourself, operating a successful salon, and building your business. Topics include identifying options for going into business for yourself, basic factors to consider when opening a salon, business plans, the importance of record keeping, elements of successful salon operations, and why selling services and products is a vital aspect of a salon’s success.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-2 or instructor approval.
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Artificial Hair

Item #
COSMO 180
Total Credits
1

Provides an overview of basic alternatives in artificial hair products and services. Students learn application and removal techniques and select appropriate forms of attachment to achieve intended outcomes. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 171 or instructor approval.
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General Science of Nails

Item #
COSMO 182
Total Credits
4

Learn to work with the tools required for nail services and practice fundamental techniques for providing clients with a professional manicure and pedicure on natural nails. Develop skills in safety and sanitation associated with nail care. Topics include basic nail theory, nail disease, disorders and anatomy of the hands.

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General Science of Skin

Item #
COSMO 188
Total Credits
4

Provides an introduction to esthetic sciences. Presents applications in temporary hair removal, skin care, and cosmetic applications. Emphasizes histology and the recognition of disease and disorders of the skin. Students will apply infection control principles and practices. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-2 or instructor approval.
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Advanced Hair Coloring

Item #
COSMO 225
Total Credits
7

Reinforce skills and learn the rationale for advanced hair-color techniques. Students will use current trend applications and corrective techniques. Students will determine and implement all aspects of hair coloring. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 157 and 171, or instructor approval.
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State Board Practical Preparation

Item #
COSMO 228
Total Credits
3

Prepares students to take the Washington State Cosmetology Practical Board Exam. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-4 or instructor approval.
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Lab Clinic IV

Item #
COSMO 230
Total Credits
9

Hands-on learning experience in Cosmetology clinic. Students will reinforce skills and knowledge through client and student interactions. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 170 or instructor approval.
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State Board Written Test Review

Item #
COSMO 235
Total Credits
4

Prepares students to take the Washington State Cosmetology Written Board Exam. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-4 or instructor approval.
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Cosmetology Capstone

Item #
COSMO 243CAP
Total Credits
6

Independently demonstrate knowledge and integration of cosmetology skills and concepts gained through the program. In this course students submit a cumulative portfolio that demonstrates achievement of the program’s student learning outcomes. Students may also participate in work experience opportunities that will round out their skills and prepare them for employment. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-4 or instructor approval.
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Advanced Application of Hairstyling

Item #
COSMO 249
Total Credits
4

Learn advanced hairstyling techniques to stay current with trends. Application of theory and procedures are combined to create specific looks. Students will apply infection control principles and practices.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 136.
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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