Cosmetology Program

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

For information about getting in to the Cosmetology program, please visit the “Future Cosmetology Students” page.

The course of study for Cosmetology is approved by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. It is designed to train students to become cosmetologists and, at the same time, students may earn an Associate of Science Degree. The program requires 1600 hours of training in cosmetology and completion of a minimum number of operations in order to prepare students in meeting the requirements to sit for the California State Examination for the cosmetology license. The training includes permanent waving, manicuring, hair styling and hair cutting, hair coloring, facial procedures, customer relations, professionalism, and salon business.


Enrollment Process
Completion of COSM 100 with a grade of “C” or better is required within a two year period, before beginning of the cosmetology and nail technology (manicure) courses. A proof of completion form for COSM 100 will be issued upon successful completion of the course and must be presented on the first day of the next COSM course. In COSM 100, students will be introduced to the field of Cosmetology and Nail Technology (manicuring). The course is designed to give students a clear understanding of the subject matter and procedures of Cosmetology and Nail Technology, along with the policies of the SCC Cosmetology Department. In addition, students will receive training in customer relations, professionalism, and working with other students.

On the first day of COSM 100, students will designate a preference for one of the course offerings options listed below. In the event that too many students select one of the options, a lottery will be held to fill the class. Students who are not selected will have the opportunity to register for their second preference. This process will continue until all courses have been filled.

COSM 110/COSM 111 day
COSM 150/COSM 151 day
COSM 110/COSM 111 day
COSM 150/COSM 151 day

Recommended High School Preparation
art, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, English, and math.

Program Costs
Approximately $2,000.00 is required at the beginning of the semester for textbooks, kit, and uniforms, personal supplies and materials. Students must purchase the required textbooks, kit and uniforms by the first day of class or they will be dropped from the program for that semester. In addition, there will be costs throughout the cosmetology program for uniforms, program materials, and supplies. The kit, textbooks, and some uniform items are available at the SCC College Store. Students who anticipate that these costs may create a financial burden should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance. Students need to apply for financial aid at least one semester prior to the start of the program.

Transfer Students
Transfer students from another cosmetology or nail technology program (public or private) must complete COSM 100, then COSM 110 and COSM 111 or COSM 150 and COSM 151 with grades of “C” or better. After completion of these courses, the student’s records will be evaluated for appropriate course placement by the cosmetology faculty.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply technical knowledge and skills related to the cosmetology industry.
  • analyze situations in the industry business world, by applying basic knowledge and skills in professionalism and salon management.
  • demonstrate hair, skin, and nail techniques and procedures that can be used effectively in the salon workplace.
  • demonstrate client consultation skills, health and safety procedures, and industry professionalism.
  • formulate, demonstrate, and complete tasks in preparation for the California State Board of Cosmetology written and practical examination.
  • demonstrate proper analysis of industry products for use in various phases of the cosmetology industry.

Associate in Science Degree
The Cosmetology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.