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The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.


Upon successful completion of the Cosmetology program, the student should be able to

1. Determine the needs and preferences of clients in order to safely and competently deliver services as they relate to cosmetology services.
2. Demonstrate the proper practices of hair cutting and styling, shampooing, massage and scalp treatment, hair coloring and lightening, chemically restructuring hair, wig services, manicuring, pedicuring, nail application, and facial.
3. Interact and communicate successfully with coworkers as part of a working team.


1. Students must complete DRE 098 or have an acceptable reading/English placement score before enrolling in COS 111 or COS 112.
2. Purchase of the Cosmetology book bundle, required student kit, and uniforms will be made from the RCC Campus Store.
3. Purchase of shoes and name badges.
4. Students enrolled in the program should not be subject to color blindness or have sensitivity to chemicals.
5. Students should be physically able to use cosmetology equipment such as scissors and clippers, and should be able to stand for long periods of time.

Click here for a list of Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Sciences courses approved for this program.

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