Would you like a career that gives most graduates their choice of jobs right away?
Riverland program graduates have many job opportunities waiting when they complete the program. Imagine the pleasure of being able to choose the job you really want. This career offers constant variety and challenges as licensed professionals stay in touch with the latest style trends.
Cosmetology is the art and science of beauty care and is regulated by the Board of Barber and Cosmetology Examiners. Students must complete 1,550 hours of cosmetology training in a licensed school, pass a state board written test and the Certification of Skills test to become licensed. Training covers all aspects of hair and skin and nail care in a state of the art salon environment. Minnesota statutes and rules, laws, chemistry, anatomy, trichology, dermatology, and safety/sanitation are key elements of this program. Students also take classes in retailing, business fundamentals and workplace human relations.
Riverland instructors are licensed by both the Board of Barber and Cosmetology Examiners and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Our typical student to teacher ratio is just 17 to 1, which means plenty of personal attention. We focus on students as individuals rather than as a group. You can look forward to being ready to style your career in the way that suits you best!
Upon enrollment you must have
Valid Social Security Number
Be at least age 16
Qualified to receive a high school diploma or GED in order to become licensed
Licensed cosmetologists can choose from a wide range of career directions. Options include: stylist, chemical technician, manicurist, esthetician, manager of a salon or salon owner, sales representative, instructor, platform artist, design team, recruiter, trainer, movie production stylist or make-up artist and theatrical work. This career always has something new to offer as it represents the latest trends in fashion. Graduates talk about the satisfaction of helping customers look better and feel better about themselves.
Cosmetology Diploma was last updated on 03/10/2014
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Program Notes Cosmetology is the art and science of beauty care. Training covers all aspects of hair and skin and nail care in a state of the art salon environment.
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements: Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.
Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.
Required Core Courses (57 Credits)
Cosmetology Basic Practices
This course introduces basic chemistry as it relates to the molecular structure of hair, skin, and cosmetic lotions, soaps and shampoos. Further focus is on basic anatomy and microbiology to understand the functions of body cells and tissues as they relate to cosmetology. Students develop salon product knowledge, including salon ethics, sanitation, and duties. Along with salon ethics and duties, students develop salon product knowledge. The use of rinses, conditioners, and safety precautions are also included. Minnesota statutes and rules governing cosmetology practices are also studied. (3 Cr - l lect, 2 lab)
This course introduces the practice of basic hairstyling techniques including fingerwaving, sculpture curls, and roller placement as well as blow drying and iron curling. Hairshaping implements, cutting terminology, techniques, safety, and sanitation are studied. Students develop skills in cutting elevations for various designs and shapes. Students gain experience by working on mannequins, clients, and classmates. Performance quotas must be met in compliance with Minnesota statutes and rules. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in COSM 1100. (3 Cr - l lect, 2 lab)
This course emphasizes the care of the hands, nails, and feet. Nail shapes and the use of manicure and pedicure equipment and supplies, as well as basic manicure and pedicure procedures are introduced. Students apply artificial nails and conduct nail repair. Instruction and clinical practice are provided in sculpturing techniques, nail tip application, overlays, and nail fills. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in COSM 1100. (3 Cr - l lect, 2 lab)
This course introduces basic permanent wave techniques including blocking, wrapping, and processing. Students study the effects of acid and alkaline waves and chemical compositions of solutions. Students conduct pH comparisons and calculate the costs involved in chemical procedures. Texture, elasticity, and porosity of hair are studied. Chemical hair relaxing, curl rearrangers, and techniques for recurling straightened hair are addressed as well as advanced techniques involving permanent waving, chemical relaxing and restructuring and the effects and techniques of relaxing and recurling products. Prerequisites: COSM 1100, COSM 1105, and COSM 1110. (4 Cr - l lect, 3 lab)
This practical application course includes specific client services. Under instructor supervision, students provide services including shampooing, conditioning, cutting, styling, manicuring, and pedicuring to mannequins, classmates, and clients. Students develop skills in hairstyling, hairshaping, and chemical procedures. Salon safety and sanitation are stressed. Students experience salon reception and dispensary service work. Statutes and rules covering salon services are included in this course. Required preclinical testing is provided and satisfactorily completed quotas accumulate to meet quota requirements. Prerequisites: COSM 1100, COSM 1105, COSM 1110, and COSM 1115. (6 Cr - 0 lect, 6 lab)
This course introduces theory of hair tinting, color rinses, and bleaching. Various hair lightening, toning, and special effects techniques are studied. Emphasis is placed on the use of aniline derivative tints, temporary and semi-permanent color rinses. Prerequisites: COSM 1100, COSM 1105, COSM 1110, and COSM 1115. (5 Cr - 2 lect, 3 lab)
This course includes facial massage, skin care, make-up selection and application. Eyebrow arching, false eyelash application, light therapy and hair removal techniques are also studied. Safety and sanitation are an important focus of the course. Prerequisites: COSM 1120. (5C r - 2 lect, 3 lab)
This course focuses on completion of quotas. Students review Minnesota statutes and rules in preparation for the required skill readiness test and salon experience. Anatomy and physiology relevant to cosmetology are also reviewed. Prerequisites: COSM 1100, COSM 1105, COSM 1110, COSM 1115, COSM 1125, and COSM 1130. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
This course focuses on hair, skin, and nail care and provides an opportunity to perfect skills previously studied. Satisfactorily completed quotas accumulate to meet quota requirements. Students complete required skill readiness testing which includes shampooing, stress reliever, haircut, fingerwave, pincurl, rollerset, comb out, chemical relaxer, permanent wave, and manicure. Students perform client services and work with other students. Prerequisite: COSM 1120. (6 Cr - 0 lect, 6 lab)
This course provides the students the opportunity to complete the skill certification testing necessary for cosmetology licensing in the State of Minnesota. Topics included shampooing, stress reliever, haircut, fingerwave, pincurl, roller set, comb out, haircolor, permanent wave, and manicure. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course provides the opportunity to complete the Minnesota state-required quotas necessary to perform skill certification. Students perform services on clients, other students, and mannequins. These services accumulate to meet quota completion and minimum hourly requirements for Minnesota licensure. Prerequisites: COSM 1100, COSM 1105, COSM 1110, COSM 1115, and COSM 1125. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course provides the opportunity to complete the Minnesota state-required quotas necessary to perform skill certification. Students perform services on clients, other students, and mannequins. These services accumulate to meet quota completion and minimum hourly requirements for Minnesota licensure. Prerequisites: COSM 1100, COSM 1105 and COSM 1110. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Fundamentals of Selling and Business Opportunities
This course provides the fundamentals of sales in the business world and basic business operation and salon management. Students study ways to help them develop the tools necessary to be successful in the salon industry. Students learn how to sell themselves as a salon professional, as well as develop healthy salon habits to create a positive power/success in the salon industry. Topics covered include client consultations, interpersonal and professional communication and retail skills. (3 Credits - 3 Lecture, 0 Lab)
This course introduces students to a process of developing self-awareness when considering career opportunities and identifying career-related goals. Students conduct a job search, prepare a job application, resume, cover letter, a follow-up correspondence. The course includes preparation for job interviews. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCL1270
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1510
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