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Cosmetology Hair Designer AAT Degree

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

Educating students in all aspects of professional hair design. Providing services to the hair, head, neck or scalp. It includes conditioning treatments, haircutting, hairstyling, hair coloring, and chemical texturizing. Successful graduates are prepared for the Washington State Department of Licensing Hair Designer examination, and upon licensing will be qualified for positions as hair designers. 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. 

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.

The hair designer license is a new option for those wanting to specialize in hair design.  This program does not include nail or skin care. Hair designers may return for the skin and nail care quarter.  Student must pass the Washington State Department of Licensing written and practical examinations to receive the cosmetology licensure.

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 226Advanced Hair Coloring8
COSMO 229State Board Practical Preparation4
COSMO 231Lab Clinic IV10
COSMO 236State Board Written Test Review3
COSMO 244CAPCosmetology Capstone3
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
MAT 111Math for Cosmo/Esth Professionals5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
COLL 102College Success for All3
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits120

Infection Control Principles & Practices

Item #
COSMO 112
Total Credits
2

Acquire knowledge for successful and responsible infection control, first aid, and safety. Learn and apply concepts of microbiology for safe handling of tools, proper dispensing of chemicals, and how to prevent the spread of bacteria in a school or salon as required by state board regulations. Obtain Barbicide certification.

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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

Study design and art principles to assist you in achieving customized designs for the client. Gain skills in the art of the consultation while developing 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 the fundamentals of haircutting techniques and thermal styling. This course will include safe use of shears, taper shears and  razor. Thermal Styling will introduce the purpose and use of brushes and various irons for styling to complete a finished design.   Infection control and safety processes required by salon and state board regulations are reinforced. 

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Advanced Applications of Haircutting and Hairstyling

Item #
COSMO 142
Total Credits
4

This course presents techniques and procedures for fundamental clipper cutting which build on the theory and previous experiences of haircutting enabling students to be current in haircutting trends. Wet Styling introduces finger waving, pin curling, roller placements along with long hair designs. 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

Presentation of the three main concepts of chemical texturizing commonly known as permanent waving, relaxing with chemicals, curl reforming and straightening. Brazilian blowout certification is achievable through this course. This course covers the theory of chemical texturizing and the 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

Introduction to  the creative artistry of color through the study of color theory, the use of the color wheel and  basic color applications and techniques. Formulating color will also be presented.  

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

Item #
COSMO 164
Total Credits
8

Expand hands-on learning in a realistic salon setting. Fundamental and developing skills are reinforced and expanded as students provide consultation, haircutting, hairstyling and conditioning treatments on clients/models. 

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 consultation, haircutting, hairstyling, conditioning treatments and hair coloring services on clients/models. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 142, COSMO 164 and COSMO 158, or instructor approval.
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Lab Clinic III

Item #
COSMO 172
Total Credits
10

Continue to gain hands-on learning in a realistic salon setting. Fundamental and developing skills are reinforced and expanded as students provide consultation, haircutting, hairstyling, conditioning treatments, hair coloring services and chemical texturizing services on clients/models.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 163, COSMO 181, COSMO 226, or instructor approval.
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Cosmetology Salon Business Practices

Item #
COSMO 175
Total Credits
3

Introducing the professional mindset and skills required in developing strategies for success. Learn the basic factors of salon business practices such as business plans for salon owner/boot renter, importance of record keeping, retailing, creating a referral system and building and retaining a clientele.  

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 112, COSMO 116, COSMO 123, COSMO 136, COSMO 142, COSMO 158, COSMO 163, COSMO 164, COSMO 181, and COSMO 226, or instructor approval.
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Artificial Hair

Item #
COSMO 181
Total Credits
2

An informative overview in artificial hair principles.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 172 or instructor approval.
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Advanced Hair Coloring

Item #
COSMO 226
Total Credits
8

Reinforcing  skills and techniques in hair coloring applications and presenting advanced patterns creating special effects for current trends and fashion. Develop skill in the special challenges in hair color and corrective solutions. 

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 sit for the Washington State Cosmetology or Hair Designer Practical Board Examination.

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

Continue to gain hands-on learning experience in a realistic salon setting. Fundamental and developing skills are reinforced and expanded as students provide consultation, haircutting, hairstyling, conditioning treatments, hair coloring services and chemical texturizing services on clients/models.  Demostrate skills with minimal supervision. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of COSMO 172 or instructor approval.
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State Board Written Test Review

Item #
COSMO 236
Total Credits
3

Prepares students for Washington State Cosmetology or Hair Designer Written Board Examinations. 

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

Item #
COSMO 244CAP
Total Credits
3

Arrange a portfolio which demonstrates a culmination of all skills, concepts and achievements that summarize the Cosmetology or Hair Designer program under the discretion of the instructor.

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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Math for Cosmo/Esth Professionals

Item #
MAT 111
Total Credits
5

This course is designed to prepare students interested in the cosmetology career to gain confidence in the mathematics and problem solving they may encounter. Topics covered include: methods of mathematical operations; order of operations; fractions; percentages; decimals; mathematical expressions and equation; solving variable equations and formulas; markdowns and markups; simple business math calculations; unit analysis, including US and metric measuring systems; time management; handling payroll.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MAT 093.
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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 familiarize students 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 SALT component for financial planning. 

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

Total Credits
3
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