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A.A.S. Degree in Cosmetology (A55140)

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.

Coursework 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 successful passing of the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.

For more information about registration and enrollment, please see the College Catalog. You must have advisor approval to register and enroll. The advisor will ensure you are placed in the right sequence of courses to meet your academic and program completion needs.

To qualify to sit for the State Board Cosmetic Arts examination, each student must have:

(a) Accumulated the required number of hours of practical and classroom instruction,

(b) Maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA, and

(c) Met the State Board of Cosmetic Arts minimum salon performances requirements.

Class attendance for cosmetology courses is a necessary part of the educational process because of the program's performance requirements.

The maximum number of hours students are permitted to miss and still receive a passing grade has been established at 15 percent. This is a Martin Community College policy and does not reflect requirements for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts. Students must understand that if they are absent 15 percent of the class, they will not meet the minimum requirements for contact hours required by the State Board of Cosmetic Arts for apprentice or operator's license.

A student MUST take a theory class and salon class together the first time, e.g., COS 111 and COS 112. If a student fails or needs to repeat either the theory or the salon, the student ONLY takes the course required to repeat. The student is not required to take both theory and salon AGAIN unless the student failed both.

This program leads to an AAS or Diploma from Martin Community College. To be eligible for MCC graduation, the student must have satisfactorily completed all course requirements. Students completing all of the courses without absences will earn the 1500 contact hours required to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. In the event a student earns less than 1500 contact hours required by the State Board of Cosmetic Arts in these courses due to absences, he/she may enroll in additional electives to earn the required 1500 contact hours. If students choose COS 117 and COS 118 as electives, the student will earn 1584 hours of instruction.