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Cosmetology (A55140)

Associate in Applied Science

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.

In addition to tuition, cosmetology students are required to purchase text books and a Cosmetology Kit $1200. Students must also purchase two sets of solid black or solid white scrub uniforms at an estimated cost of $35 each, and malpractice insurance at $32 per year.

Approval Agency

The Cosmetology Program is approved by the
North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts
1207 Front Street, Suite 110,
Raleigh, NC 27609

Course Sequence

Fall Semester Class Lab Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 1
COS 111 Cosmetology Concepts I 4 0 4
COS 112 Salon I 0 24 8
COS 260 Design Application 1 3 2
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
9 27 18
Spring Semester
COS 113 Cosmetology Concepts II 4 0 4
COS 114 Salon II 0 24 8
COS 115 Cosmetology Concepts III 4 0 4
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 3
11 24 19
Summer Semester
COS 116 Salon III 0 12 4
COS 117 Cosmetology Concepts IV 2 0 2
Mathematics Elective 2-3 2 3-4
4-5 14 9-10
Fall Semester
BUS 110 Introduction to Business 3 0 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
Communication Elective 3 0 3
COS 118 Salon IV 0 21 7
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3
11 23 19
Communication Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: ENG 112 Gen Ed: ENG 114, COM 110
Social Science Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: PSY 150, SOC 210
Mathematics Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: MAT 110, MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate correct execution of all cosmetology techniques utilizing safe and sanitary practices guided by industry recognized decontamination principles and guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate with proficiency the ability to transfer what is read and learned into physical services, whether on the manikin or client.
  3. Communicate with customers using language and verbal demeanor in a professional manner, and in keeping with cosmetology norms.
  4. Evaluate client requests and analyze hair and scalp conditions in preparing treatment plans to be utilized when rendering client services.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

OutcomesPass Rates by Year
Information Literacy87%65%61%65%73%59%
Critical Thinking51%52%41%51%57%62%


Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


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