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2023-2024 Catalog 
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Cosmetology A.A.S. (A55140)

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Program Description

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide scientific/artistic principles and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides hands-on instruction which enables students to develop the skill of cosmetic arts.

Coursework includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, nail care, multicultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge and other selected topics. Students must maintain an average of “C” in all Cosmetology classes to comply with the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts.

Graduates will qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license.

*Most courses take place at the ACC Dillingham Center campus.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Develop communication skills, critical thinking skills and customer service experience that will be obtained in a real salon setting on the clinic floor while practicing on patrons within the community.
  • Develop professional skills within the scope of practice of Cosmetology set by the guidelines of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts.
  • Be prepared for the NIC State Board exam and prepare for licensure.

Employment Opportunities

Employment is available in beauty salons and as skin/nail specialists, platform artists, and related businesses.


The following requirements must be completed for admission:

  • Completed college application
  • Program enrollment
  • Meet with a Cosmetology advisor to complete orientation packet.

Students who are admitted to the Associate Degree Cosmetology program are advised to be full-time students and follow the semester-by-semester curriculum plan.


Students must complete all Cosmetology (COS) courses with a grade of “C” or better and satisfactorily complete all skills to remain in the program.


Students transferring into the Cosmetology program must meet the following requirements:

  • Course grade must be a “C” or better for any transferred course.
  • Students can transfer up to 1,000 clock hours.
  • All transcripts must be sent to Alamance Community College at least one month prior to the first day of class.
  • Students must pass a theory and practical entrance exam to be placed into COS 113 COS 114 COS 115 COS 116 COS 117 , or COS 118 .

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the admissions office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Additional Program Costs

The Cosmetology and Nail Technology/Manicuring programs have additional costs associated with them. Students who enroll in these programs are required to pay for such items as certification exams, achievement tests, uniforms, supplies, and the like. Many of these are required as part of the curriculum, but are not provided by the College. Additional expenses required for these programs are listed below with approximate costs.

Cosmetology (Degree/Certificate)

  • Uniforms, shoes-$100
  • Curriculum kit (supplies)-$627
  • High school kit (supplies)-paid by ABSS
  • Textbook bundle CIMA Milady-$400-500
  • Practical exam-$94
  • Written exam-$79

Esthetics Technology

  • Uniforms, shoes-$100
  • Curriculum kit (supplies)-$85
  • Textbook bundle CIMA Milady-$400-500
  • Practical exam-$94
  • Written exam-$79

Students who are progressing in the Cosmetology program must follow the semester-by-semester curriculum plan.

First Year

Fall 1st Semester

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 2nd Semester

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 7 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 4th Semester

Semester Total: 14 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 5th Semester

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 67 Credit Hour(s)

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