• Cosmetology Curriculum


  • Limited Entry*
    Associate of Applied of Applied Science Degree

    Catalog 2017-2018

    The cosmetology industry is an exciting, adventurous and creative field full of color, fashion and diversity. The instructors in the MHCC cosmetology program pride themselves in helping students acquire the knowledge and necessary skills to enter the field of hair design, nail technology and esthetics.

    The Cosmetology program is a Limited Entry program. The application packet is located on the College’s website at Cosmetology Admissions Process. Acceptance is based on a first-come, first-served basis after satisfactory completion of the admission requirements and based on space available each term. If you have questions regarding enrollment or the dates of information sessions, email either Denise.DAngelo@mhcc.edu, Marty.Castellanos@mhcc.edu or Carol.Redwine@mhcc.edu.You may also contact the admissions evaluator at 503-491-7220 with questions, after reading the Cosmetology application packet.

    The Cosmetology program at Mt. Hood Community College offers in-depth instruction and hands-on training in hair design, esthetics (skin care) and nail technology (manicuring and nail enhancements.) Upon completion of the 2300-hour course consisting of lecture, lab, clinic time and general education, the student will be prepared to take the state board examination. After passing this examination, the student will receive a certificate to practice in his or her new career.

    The opportunities in the field of cosmetology are limitless. Depending upon the individual’s skills, self-confidence, attitude, knowledge and creativity, certified cosmetologists can utilize their new skills in a variety of settings.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, student should be able to:

    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the business records
    • Demonstrate and employ the sanitary and safety precautions of the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 817 Cosmetology and Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 690 Cosmetology
    • Analyze clients and apply all hair design/esthetic/nail technology services in accordance with a client’s needs or expectations using a variety of salon products in accordance with the manufacturers’ directions
    • Employ marketing of professional salon retail products
    • Demonstrate the ability to prescribe home care products that address clients’ needs
    • Evaluate: structure, composition, disorders and diseases which should be referred to a physician and counter-indicate any salon service

    What are the requirements of the job?

    The cosmetologist should possess a pleasing personality, be a good listener and enjoy working in a service industry. Coordination and finger dexterity as well as the ability to stand for long periods of time are necessary. The cosmetologist must be able to learn new techniques quickly and apply these in his/her own work.

    What are the requirements of the program?

    The program consists of a minimum seven consecutive terms, including summer term, with an attendance of minimum 30 clock hours each week.

    First Quarter (Fall or Spring) - Track 1
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART115 Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional 4
    COS110 Hair Design Theory1 4
    COS111 Hair Design Lab and Pre-Clinic1 8
    16
    Second Quarter (Winter or Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS120 Esthetics and Nail Technology Theory I1 4
    COS121 Esthetics and Nail Technology Lab and Clinic I1 8
    PSY201 General Psychology or PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3-4
    15-16
    Third Quarter (Spring or Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS113 Cosmetology Lab and Clinic I1 8
    COS201 Concepts in Cosmetology or
    COS202 Principles of Cosmetology or
    COS203 Standards of Cosmetology
    4
    WR101 Workplace Communications I2 3
    15
    Fourth Quarter (Summer or Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS122 Esthetics and Nail Technology Theory II 4
    COS123 Esthetics and Nail Technology Lab and Clinic II1 8
    COS201 Concepts in Cosmetology or
    COS202 Principles of Cosmetology or
    COS203 Standards of Cosmetology
    4
    16
    Fifth Quarter (Fall or Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    COS201 Concepts in Cosmetology or
    COS202 Principles of Cosmetology or
    COS203 Standards of Cosmetology
    4
    COS215 Cosmetology Lab and Clinic II1 8
    13
    Sixth Quarter (Winter or Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS217 Cosmetology Lab and Clinic III1 8
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 3 4
    Health/Physical Education Requirement‡ 3
    15
    Seventh Quarter (Spring or Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS218 Cosmetology Board Exam Prep Theory1 4
    COS219 Cosmetology Board Exam Prep Lab and Clinic1 8
    12
    Eighth Quarter (Fall or Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS235A-E Cosmetology Advanced Clinic4 (1-5)
    Total Credits 102

    Students who begin the Cosmetology program in either winter or summer term will take courses as described by the following curriculum.

    First Quarter (Winter or Summer) - Track 2
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS120 Esthetics and Nail Technology Theory I1 4
    COS121 Esthetics and Nail Technology Lab and Clinic I1 8
    WR101 Workplace Communications I2 3
    15-16
    Second Quarter (Spring or Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART115 Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional 4
    COS110 Hair Design Theory1 4
    COS111 Hair Design Lab and Pre-Clinic1 8
    16
    Third Quarter (Spring or Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    COS122 Esthetics and Nail Technology Theory II 4
    COS123 Esthetics and Nail Technology Lab and Clinic II 8
    13
    Fourth Quarter (Summer or Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS113 Esthetics and Nail Technology Theory II 8
    COS201 Concepts in Cosmetology or
    COS202 Principles of Cosmetology or
    COS203 Standards of Cosmetology
    4
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 3 4
    16
    Fifth Quarter (Winter or Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS201 Concepts in Cosmetology or
    COS202 Principles of Cosmetology or
    COS203 Standards of Cosmetology
    4
    COS215 Cosmetology Lab and Clinic II1 8
    PSY201 General Psychology or
    PSY 101 Psychology of Human Relations
    3-4
    15-16
    Sixth Quarter (Spring and Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS201 Concepts in Cosmetology or
    COS202 Principles of Cosmetology or
    COS203 Standards of Cosmetology
    4
    COS217 Cosmetology Lab and Clinic III1 8
    Health/Physical Education Requirement‡ 3
    15
    Seventh Quarter (Summer or Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS218 Cosmetology Board Exam Prep Theory1 4
    COS219 Cosmetology Board Exam Prep Lab and Clinic1 8
    12
    Eighth Quarter (Fall or Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COS235A-E Cosmetology Advanced Clinic4 (1-5)
    Total Credits 102

    1COS110, COS111 and COS113 are offered only fall and spring terms. COS201, COS202 and COS203 are offered various terms. COS215, COS217, COS218 and COS219 are offered every term. COS110, COS111, COS113, COS215 and COS217 must be taken in sequence. COS120, COS121, COS122 and COS123 are offered both in winter and summer terms and must also be taken in sequence. Course placement is based on the term in which a student begins and the student must see the program adviser for placement.
    2 Students intending to transfer and earn an advanced degree may substitute WR101 with WR121. Note: WR121 requires WR115 as a prerequisite, however, WR115 does not count as a Cosmetology AAS degree requirement.
    3 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    4 COS235A-E is designed for those who need more time to complete the minimum hours and/or operations required to sit for Cosmetology State Board exams.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.