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If you like expressing your creativity through hair and nails, consider our Cosmetology program. You'll get hands-on beauty experience in a salon environment operated by RCC and open to the public. Your course work will include instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skincare, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge and other selected topics.

You can obtain an associate degree, diploma, or certificate in cosmetology from RCC. When you complete the program, you should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination.* You'll leave RCC ready to work as a cosmetologist at a major salon or even start your own cosmetology business.

*Students completing the 1500-hour AAS (Associate in Applied Science) or Diploma program are eligible to sit for the examination for full licensure as a cosmetologist while students completing the 1200-hour certificate are eligible to sit for the examination for an apprentice license which requires students to work under a licensed cosmetologist for a minimum of 6 months and 1040 hours after graduation before receiving full licensure status. 

[A55140]

COS courses for this A.A.S. degree program are offered day only; other courses may be offered evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (8 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Fall Semester (14 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (12 Semester Hours Credit)

  • COM 110 - Introduction to Communication
  • MAT 143 - Quantitative Literacy
  • HUM/ART - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • SOC 210 - Introduction to Sociology

Total Semester Hours Credit: 67

Humanities/Fine Arts courses approved for this program.

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all COS courses to be able to progress to the next level. If a student does not earn a “C” or better in a COS course, he/she must repeat the course and earn the minimal “C” before enrolling in the higher level course.

Legal Limitations of Licensure
Students who enroll in the Cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

[A55140] 

COS courses for this A.A.S. degree program are offered day only; other courses may be offered evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Spring Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Semester (8 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Fall Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (14 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Fall Semester (12 Semester Hours Credit)

  • COM 110 - Introduction to Communication
  • MAT 143 - Quantitative Literacy
  • HUM - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • SOC 210 - Introduction to Sociology

Total Semester Hours Credit: 67

Humanities/Fine Arts courses approved for this program.

* Spring admission track highly recommended for students seeking A.A.S. degree

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all COS courses to be able to progress to the next level. If a student does not earn a “C” or better in a COS course, he/she must repeat the course and earn the minimal “C” before enrolling in the higher level course.

Legal Limitations of Licensure
Students who enroll in the Cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

[D55140]

COS courses for this diploma program are offered day only; other courses may be offered evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (15 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (8 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Fall Semester (9 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 48

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all COS courses to be able to progress to the next level. If a student does not earn a “C” or better in a COS course, he/she must repeat the course and earn the minimal “C” before enrolling in the higher level course.

Legal Limitations of Licensure
Students who enroll in the Cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

[D55140]

COS courses for this diploma program are offered day only; other courses may be offered evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Spring Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Semester (8 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Fall Semester (15 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (9 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 48

 Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all COS courses to be able to progress to the next level. If a student does not earn a “C” or better in a COS course, he/she must repeat the course and earn the minimal “C” before enrolling in the higher-level course.

Legal Limitations of Licensure
Students who enroll in the Cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

[C55140]

COS courses for this certificate program are offered day only; other courses may be offered evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Fall Semester (12 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (14 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (8 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 34

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all COS courses to be able to progress to the next level. If a student does not earn a “C” or better in a COS course, he/she must repeat the course and earn the minimal “C” before enrolling in the higher-level course.

Students completing the certificate are eligible to sit for the examination for an apprentice license which requires students to work under a licensed cosmetologist for a minimum of 6 months and 1040 hours after graduation before receiving full licensure status.

Legal Limitations of Licensure
Students who enroll in the Cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

[C55140]

COS courses for this certificate program are offered day only; other courses may be offered evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Spring Semester (12 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Semester (8 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Fall Semester (14 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 34

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all COS courses to be able to progress to the next level. If a student does not earn a “C” or better in a COS course, he/she must repeat the course and earn the minimal “C” before enrolling in the higher-level course.

Students completing the certificate are eligible to sit for the examination for an apprentice license which requires students to work under a licensed cosmetologist for a minimum of 6 months and 1040 hours after graduation before receiving full licensure status.

Legal Limitations of Licensure
Students who enroll in the Cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

In addition to the general admissions requirements for Randolph Community College, Cosmetology students must complete the following requirements:

  • Students must complete ENG 002 Tier 2 or have an acceptable reading placement score before enrolling in COS 111 or COS 112.
  • Submit a government issued photo identification (ID) including date of birth. 
  • Submit a social security card or Tax ID card or student visa information.  
  • Purchase of the Cosmetology book bundle and required student kit will be made from the RCC (Randolph Community College) Campus Store. 
  • Purchase appropriate shoes, uniforms, and name badges. 
  • Students enrolled in the program should not be subject to color blindness or have sensitivity to chemicals. 
  • Students should be physically able to use cosmetology equipment, such as scissors and clippers, and should be able to stand for extended periods of time. 
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Legal Limitations of Licensure

Students enrolled in the cosmetology program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Please reference 21 NCAC 141.0401 Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony at the following website: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

Readmission into the Cosmetology Program

Readmission to the Cosmetology program is based upon successful completion of the requirements for readmission and space availability. Students dismissed for unsatisfactory performance or behavioral issues are not eligible for readmission. Students dismissed for academic failure are eligible for readmission, pending successful completion of readmission process and final approval of the Cosmetology department head. The number of students approved for readmission will be based upon the availability of resources to support them.

The Cosmetology department head may require a readmitted student to re-take a previously successful course to better ensure success in the program. Students will be readmitted on a probationary status.

A student applying for readmission into the Cosmetology program must:

  • Submit a letter of intent to return within 7 days of exiting a COS course to the Cosmetology department head.
  • Participate in a formal interview with the Cosmetology department head and Cosmetology faculty.
  • Receive written approval to continue the readmission process from the department head of the Cosmetology program.

A student approved for readmission must:

  • Pass a written competency and practical test with a score of 80%.
  • Demonstrate safety in performing selected skills receive satisfactory in all skills.
  • Receive written approval for readmission from the department head of the Cosmetology program.

The Cosmetology department head, and Cosmetology faculty reserve the right to impose additional requirements and/or recommendations in the form of an academic contract intended to improve the student’s opportunity for successful completion of the program. The individual who fails to complete the readmission procedure is denied readmission.

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

  • Cut and style hair according to accepted professional standards  
  • Perform manicures and pedicures according to accepted professional standards  
  • Provide skin care services according to accepted professional standards  
  • Restructure hair using chemical services according to accepted professional standards  
  • Market services and finances  
  • Provide a safe and sanitized environment
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Students will gain hands-on experience through a salon environment operated by the College and open to the public. The Randolph Community College Cosmetology Center is located at 503 Industrial Park Avenue on the Asheboro Campus. The 10,865-square-foot space accommodates 44 students at a time at styling stations on the floor, plus students in three classrooms. In addition, the Center holds 10 shampoo stations, 12 dryers, facial and waxing rooms, a pedicure/manicure area with massaging pedicure chairs, a lobby/waiting area, instructor offices, and lockers and a break room for students. To effectively train Cosmetology professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the Cosmetology program. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment.  For example, the ability to apply broad class concepts to unique client situations.
  2. Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers and clients, function and contribute as part of a team, be accountable for self and others, and maintain appropriate hygiene for a salon environment.  For example, the ability to interact effectively with other members on a team project; establish and maintain a professional relationship with clients.
  3. Communication Skills: speak English, write English, listen and comprehend written and spoken words, and communicate information and ideas so others will understand. For example, explain treatments and interventions, document actions, record client responses to treatment in a professional manner.
  4. Mobility: mobility that is appropriate for an office, salon, or classroom setting is needed. For example, mobile enough move about and to function in a salon, whether sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
  5. Motor Skills: be able to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to clients in all settings. For example, manipulate supplies and equipment to perform services and treatments.
  6. Hearing: ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer). For example, being able to hear and respond to a client, an instructor or other students in a classroom/salon setting.
  7. Visual: ability to see with normal or corrected vision, tolerate working indoors in artificial light to provide services. For example, the ability to determine hair texture and color; observe and accurately interpret client needs and assess nonverbal communication.
  8. Tactile: ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, possessing finger and manual dexterity necessary to manipulate hands and feet when performing services.
  9. Weight-Bearing: none.
  10. Cognitive: cognitive ability to use logic and reason, attention to detail, and short-term and long­ term memory skills. For example, the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in a previous week of a semester.
  11. Visual Color Discrimination: visual color discrimination ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. For example, being able to choose appropriate color and treatments for hair.

EXAMPLES ARE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE. 
Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program. 

References: Haywood Community College and Vance-Granville Community College Technical Standards directly contributed much of this language. Minor alterations have been made as needed to relate to RCC.

Randolph Community College’s Cosmetology program complies with the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners.

N.C. Board of Cosmetic Arts
121 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27511
919-723-6123
Email: nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com

Salon Services & Prices

Want to try out a new hair style or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure? Our Cosmetology program offers services to the public through an on-campus salon that allows students to get real-life, hands-on experience. Services include hair, skin, and nail care. Click on the flyer below to see the details on services and prices! Seniors (55+, some restrictions), emergency personnel, and RCC faculty, staff, and students can receive 50% of with a valid ID. 

Salon Location:

503 Industrial Park Avenue
Asheboro, NC

Salon Hours:

May 24 - July 21 (closed July 5 - 7)
Tuesday - Thursday
8 am - 12:15 p.m. 

No appointment is needed but if you have questions, give us a call at 336-610-HAIR (4247).

*Prices and times are subject to change without notice.

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Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Cosmetology Program? We're here to help.

Rebekah Kingston
Director of Student Success Counseling
rbkingston@randolph.edu
336-633-0376

Dean Brewer
Department Head, Cosmetology
dlbrewer14251@randolph.edu
336-610-4248