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Cosmetology AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 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 TBD quarters.
Prerequisites
A mandatory orientation is required before admission to the program.

Trains students in all aspects of professional cosmetology and hair design with emphasis on hair cutting and basic, trend, advanced an d corrective hair coloring procedures and texturizing applications. 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% on-line 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) 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.

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

  • COSMO 248, Internship I    1CR
  • COSMO 250, Internship II   2CR
  • COSMO 252, Internship III  3CR
  • COSMO 254, Internship IV  4CR
  • COSMO 256, Internship V   5CR

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
COSMO 112Infection Control Principles & Practices2
COSMO 116General Science of Hair5
COSMO 123Cosmetology Fundamentals2
COSMO 136Application of Haircutting and Hairstyling14
COSMO 142Advanced Applications of Haircutting and Hairstyling4
COSMO 146Chemical Texture Services5
COSMO 158General Science of Hair Coloring7
COSMO 164Lab Clinic I8
COSMO 163Lab Clinic II9
COSMO 172Lab Clinic III10
COSMO 175Cosmetology Salon Business Practices3
COSMO 181Artificial Hair2
COSMO 182General Science of Nails7
COSMO 188General Science of Skin7
COSMO 226Advanced Hair Coloring8
COSMO 229State Board Practical Preparation4
COSMO 231Lab Clinic IV10
COSMO 233Lab Clinic V6
COSMO 236State Board Written Test Review3
COSMO 244CAPCosmetology Capstone3
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
COLL 102College Success for All3
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits140

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, Barbicide certification 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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Cosmetology Fundamentals

Item #
COSMO 123
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 Haircutting and Hairstyling

Item #
COSMO 142
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 123, and COSMO 136.
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General Science of Hair Coloring

Item #
COSMO 158
Total Credits
7

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 123, and COSMO 136.
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Lab Clinic I

Item #
COSMO 164
Total Credits
8

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 haircutting. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 123, and COSMO 136.
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Lab Clinic II

Item #
COSMO 163
Total Credits
9

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 164 and COSMO 158, or instructor approval.
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Lab Clinic III

Item #
COSMO 172
Total Credits
10

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

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 163 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 COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 123, COSMO 136, COSMO 142, COSMO 158, and COSMO 164 or instructor approval.
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Artificial Hair

Item #
COSMO 181
Total Credits
2

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 172 or instructor approval.
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General Science of Nails

Item #
COSMO 182
Total Credits
7

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.

Students will engage in 100 hours of natural nail training as well as preparation for the Washington Department of Licensing State Board Cosmetology written and practical exams.

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General Science of Skin

Item #
COSMO 188
Total Credits
7

Provides an introduction to esthetic wsciences. 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 COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 123, COSMO 136, COSMO 142, COSMO 158, and COSMO 164 or instructor approval.
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Advanced Hair Coloring

Item #
COSMO 226
Total Credits
8

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 158 and COSMO 172, or instructor approval.
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State Board Practical Preparation

Item #
COSMO 229
Total Credits
4

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

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 123, COSMO 136, COSMO 142, COSMO 146, COSMO 158, COSMO 163, COSMO 164, COSMO 172, COSMO 175, COSMO 181, and COSMO 226 or instructor approval.
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Lab Clinic IV

Item #
COSMO 231
Total Credits
10

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

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 172 or instructor approval.
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Lab Clinic V

Item #
COSMO 233
Total Credits
6

Students opting for the full Washington Staqte Cosmetology License option will complete 130 hours of realistic training in our beautiful stte of the art Cosmetology Clinic. Students opting for the full scope of Cosmetology training will engage in 130 hours of training with emphasis on developing skills and techniques in natural nail care and basic Esthetics training.

Nail care will include manicuring, pedicuring and safety as well as infection control.

Esthetics training will include the study of skin and its disorders, superfluous hair removal by means of waking or tweezing, massage, product application and removal.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 231 or instructor approval.
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State Board Written Test Review

Item #
COSMO 236
Total Credits
3

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

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 172 or instructor approval.
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Cosmetology Capstone

Item #
COSMO 244CAP
Total Credits
3

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 COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 123, COSMO 136, COSMO 142, COSMO 146, COSMO 158, COSMO 163, COSMO 164, COSMO 172, COSMO 175, COSMO 181, and COSMO 226 or instructor approval.
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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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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to get students familiar with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with a component on using SALT for financial planning. Beginning in Fall 2016, this course is mandatory for all new students.

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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