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Cosmetology (COS Courses)

COS 301 Intro to Cosmetology

5.0 units.
Prerequisite: Levels of placement on the START test are required; READ 510 - Improving Reading Comprehension or higher; ENGL 512 - Writing Skills 2 or higher; MATH 531 - Pre-Algebra
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
An overview of the field of cosmetology with extensive practice in introductory hair, skin and nail care techniques. The course covers the practices of beauty salon operation, good customer and public relations, and analysis of the Cosmetology Act and State Board Rules and Regulations.

COS 302 Beginning Cosmetology

9.0 units.
Prerequisite: COS 301 - Intro to Cosmetology with grade of C or higher
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
Provides students with basic laboratory and salon experience in the field of cosmetology and related sciences. Includes theories and practices in hair styling, permanent waving, chemical straightening, haircutting, hair coloring and bleaching, scalp and hair treatments, facials, eyebrow arching and hair removal, makeup, manicuring and pedicuring. Students are required by the State Board of Cosmetology to complete COS 301, 302, 303, and 304 for a total of 1600 hours in order to qualify to take the licensure examination and become eligible to practice as a cosmetologist.

COS 303 Intermediate Cosmetology

9.0 units.
Prerequisite: COS 302 - Beginning Cosmetology
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
Provides students with intermediate laboratory and salon experience in the field of cosmetology and related sciences. Includes theories and practices in hair styling, permanent waving, chemical straightening, haircutting, hair coloring and bleaching, scalp and hair treatments, facials, eyebrow arching and hair removal, makeup manicuring and pedicuring. Students are required by the State Board of Cosmetology to complete COS 301, 302, 303, and 304 for a total of 1600 hours in order to qualify to take the licensure examination and become eligible to practice as a cosmetologist.

COS 304 Advanced Cosmetology

9.0 units.
Prerequisite: COS 303 - Intermediate Cosmetology
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
Provides students with advanced laboratory and salon experience in the field of cosmetology and related sciences. Includes theories and practices in hair styling, permanent waving, chemical straightening, hair cutting, hair coloring and bleaching, scalp and hair treatments, facials, eyebrow arching and hair removal, makeup, manicuring and pedicuring. Students are required by the State Board of Cosmetology to complete COS 301, 302, 303, and 304 for a total of 1600 hours in order to qualify to take the licensure examination and become eligible to practice as a cosmetologist.

COS 310 Manicuring

9.0 units.
Prerequisite: Levels of placement are required on the START test; READ 110 - Introduction to Critical Reading or higher ; ENGL 512 - Writing Skills 2 or higher ; MATH 531 - Pre-Algebra
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
Designed to prepare the student to take the state board examination required to obtain a license as a manicurist/pedicurist. Includes the study of anatomy, sanitation and sterilization, and safety precautions as applied to manicuring and pedicuring operations. Students will develop knowledge and skills in water and oil manicuring, hand and arm massage, complete pedicure procedures, massage, and nail analysis.