Entrepreneurial Cosmetology

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Entrepreneurial Cosmetology

Subject Area: Education, Human and Public Services

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 19 (plus state cosmetology license)

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Fall, Spring


The purpose of this program is to meet the need of licensed cosmetologists who are seeking to own and operate a small business or to effectively operate a chair rental business. The program provides the knowledge and training to successfully open and operate a cosmetology business.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.

In addition to the requirements listed, program applicants must complete the courses required for the Entrepreneurial Cosmetology diploma. Students will be required to submit a state cosmetology license to the NICC registrar in order to be awarded a diploma in the program. Capri and Stewart School students need not take COM:723 as long as they have passed all Capri College or Stewart School communication courses (900-1, 900-2, 900-3, 900-4). A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BUS:130 Intro to Entrepreneurship 3.0
FIN:122 Personal Finance 4.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


 Term 2
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
MKT:150 Principles of Advertising 3.0
* Communication Elective 3.0

This Diploma program requires a minimum of six credits of general education electives (excluding Developmental courses) 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 from the areas listed above is required.


Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112

Note: The program is two terms and consists of credits from NICC with the remaining credits awarded for submission of a state cosmetology license. Normal term schedules for those wanting to complete the program within one year are listed. In addition, these courses can be taken concurrently while completing a cosmetology school program.

Employment Information

The annual income range for Entrepreneurial Cosmetology graduates is $17,113 -$22,331.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district.


Kathleen Nacos-Burds
Vice President of Academic Affairs
800.728.7367, ext. 135