Cosmetology A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 

Cosmetology students washing client's hair

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

The Mountain Tech Spa, an on-campus spa facility, provides practical experience for Cosmetology students under the direction of College faculty.

The Cosmetology program is approved by the:

North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
1207 Front Street, Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: (919) 733-4117
Fax: (919) 733-4127

Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. Submission of proper documentation is required by the Spa Therapies and Operations Department and the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners prior to class start.  Required documentation includes Hepatitis B record, current government-issued photo ID showing date of birth, and social security card.
  3. Completion of required Hepatitis B vaccine. First dose to be completed by the first day of class. Second Hepatitis B vaccine to be completed at least one month after the first dose. Third dose must be completed six months after the first.
  4. To earn hours, Cosmetology students must be physically present in the laboratory. When leaving a laboratory, students must clock out.
  5. Students must be able to differentiate between colors with or without reasonable accommodations and be comfortable working directly with chemicals found in products used in the cosmetology industry
  6. Students should be able to use cosmetology equipment such as clippers and shears and be able to stand for prolonged periods with or without reasonable accommodations.


Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ACA, BUS, CIS, and COS

First Semester

COS 111
4 Credit Hour(s)
COS 112
8 Credit Hour(s)
ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
CIS 113
1 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
COS 113
4 Credit Hour(s)
COS 114
8 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

COS 116
4 Credit Hour(s)
COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)
COS 115
4 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

MAT 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
COS 117
2 Credit Hour(s)
COS 118
7 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

COS 260
2 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)
BUS 139
3 Credit Hour(s)
BUS 270
3 Credit Hour(s)

See your advisor for General Education substitutes.

Curriculum is based on the 2020-21 catalog.

  • 66 Total Credit Hours Required
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