Entrepreneurial Cosmetology

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Entrepreneurial Cosmetology

Subject Area: Education, Human and Public Services

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 31 (plus state cosmetology license)

Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact email: ecklundt@nicc.edu


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 degree will provide the knowledge and training to successfully open and operate a cosmetology business.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. 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.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

This program is offered as a result of a partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College, Capri College and Stewart School. In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants to this program must complete the courses required for the Entrepreneurial Cosmetology Degree. Near the completion of the NICC program, students will be required to submit a state cosmetology license to the NICC Registrar's Office in order to be awarded an AAS degree in the program.

A degree will only be given to students who possess a state cosmetology license. Students may, in fact, begin and complete some required classes before or while seeking their cosmetology license. Capri and Stewart School students need not take the Communication course (COM:723) as long as they have passed all Capri College or Stewart School communication courses (900-1, 900-2, 900-3, 900-4). Students may start taking courses in high school (if available), while attending or after graduating from Capri College or Stewart School. 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
ECN:110 Intro to Economics 3.0
FIN:122 Personal Finance 4.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
* Communication Elective 3.0


 Term 2
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
BUS:133 Entrepreneurial Studies 3.0
MKT:110 Principles of Marketing 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
* Math/Science Elective 3.0


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

Math/Science Electives: MAT:102, MAT:744, transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, MAT, PHS, PHY

Note: The program is two terms and consists of credits from NICC and the remaining credits from Capri College or Stewart School, assuming the students have completed the communication requirement at Capri College or Stewart School. Normal term schedules for those wanting to complete the program within one year are listed. In addition, these courses can be taken while enrolled at Capri College or Stewart School or while attending NICC.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $17,555- $36,088 and a projected growth of 8.5%, the career outlook for Entrepreneurial Cosmetology graduates is growing.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.


Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208