Subject Area: Education, Human and Public Services
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 75.5
Entry: Fall, Spring
The Cosmetology program prepares you to work in a full-service salon and/or allows you to work towards salon ownership and professional management. It provides a strong foundation in cosmetology with theory and clinical experience directed and guided by cosmetology professionals in combination with general education courses that support the core curriculum. Graduates will be qualified to pursue a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university in an area of interest such as management or business.
This program equips students to enter the workplace in a variety of settings and features trichoanalysis (the study of hair), trending hair styles and texture services. Graduates can become make-up artists, estheticians (skin care), cosmetic chemists, hair colorists, retail specialists and educational specialists. Equipment, supplies and courses are up-to-date, accurate and based on current cosmetology practices.
Cosmetology students are required by the State of Iowa to complete a minimum of 2,100 hours in a Cosmetology program. Northeast Iowa Community College students finish the program when they complete the state hour requirements and meet individual course requirements.
Students are required to wear black slacks, shoes and socks and an approved lab coat in the salon.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years.
In addition to the requirements listed, applicants to this program, prior to the Mentorship Experience, may be required to complete a criminal background check. The Cosmetology Iowa Board of Arts and Science will no longer review criminal history prior to application to licensure. You will need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the State Licensure Exam.
First Aid/CPR is required prior to beginning lab in the second semester andcan be taken through NICC Business and Community Solutions.
The following requirements must be satisfied prior to term two of the NICC Cosmetology program.
The College has contracted the services of Certified Background and Castlebranch to review and monitor drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:
- Drug testing - prior to clinical participation, random, post-incent-accident and suspicion. Students are required to be substance-free throughout the program.
- In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.
- Random drug screens will also be conducted on students while enrolled in the program.
Note: A positive report on the drug screen may prevent you from acceptance into clinical and completion of the program.
Fall Course Title Credits COS:110 Basic Principles in Cosmetology 4.0 COS:159 Practical Cosmetology Skills I 6.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 * Communication Elective 3.0 Spring Course Title Credits ART:101 Art Appreciation OR 3.0 SOC:110 Intro to Sociology OR 3.0 SOC:115 Social Problems 3.0 COS:114 Chemical Services II 2.0 COS:119 Practical Cosmetology Skills II 7.0 COS:156 Chemical Services I 3.0 COS:160 Practical Cosmetology Skills III 7.0 Summer Course Title Credits CHM:110 Intro to Chemistry OR 3.0 ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0 COS:116 Salon Management 2.0 COS:121 Practical Cosmetology Skills IV 7.0 COS:157 Legal Aspects of Cosmetology 1.0 Fall Course Title Credits COS:112 Care of Skin and Scalp 2.0 COS:123 Practical Cosmetology Skills VI 7.0 COS:155 Haircutting and Styling Techniques 1.0 COS:158 Comprehensive Cosmetology Review 3.0 COS:161 Practical Cosmetology Skills V 7.0 COS:170 Cosmetology Mentoring 1.5
This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science, or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.
Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112
Note: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. First Aid/CPR is required prior to beginning lab in the second semester and can be taken through Business and Community Solutions.
With an annual income range of $20,510 - $35,119 and a projected growth of 3.0%, the career outlook for Cosmetology graduates is growing.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two-or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
Employers of NICC Alumni
Appearances, Decorah, IA
Eclips Salon & Day Spa, Decorah, IA
Edge FX Salon, West Union, IA
Genna Walsh, McGregor, IA
Inside Story Salon and Day Spa, Waukon, IA
Leah's Salon & Spa, Postville, IA
Razor's Edge, Calmar, IA
Shear Magic, Waukon, IA
Sheer Confidence, Fayette, IA
Smart Styles, Decorah, IA
The Kokomo, Oelwein, IA
All services at the Northeast Iowa Community College Cosmetology Salon at the Calmar campus are performed by students in cosmetology training under the supervision of licensed instructors.
Jeff Murphy, MA
Dean of Arts and Science-Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 235
Lead Cosmetology Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 275