Course List - Riverland

Cosmetology

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

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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

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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COSM1100
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. Minnesota statutes and rules governing cosmetology practices are also studied. (3 Cr – l lect, 2 lab)

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COSM1105
Introduction to Hair Design

This course introduces the practice of basic hairstyling techniques including blow drying, iron curling, flat ironing and roller placement.  Hairshaping implements, cutting terminology, techniques, safety, sanitation and infection control 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)

3
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COSM1110
Manicuring Techniques

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 COSM1100.

(3 Cr – l lect, 2 lab)

3
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COSM1115
Chemical Procedures

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.  Texture, elasticity, and porosity of hair are studied.

Chemical hair relaxing, and curl rearrangers, are addressed as well as advanced techniques involved in permanent waving. Prerequisites:  COSM1100, COSM1105, and COSM1110.

(4 Cr – l lect, 3 lab)

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COSM1116
Preclinical: Cosmetology

This course will prepare cosmetology students for entry level salon work. Students will be introduced to salon reception and dispensary service work, as well as professional characteristics of salon employees. Students develop salon product knowledge, including salon ethics, sanitation, and duties. Along with salon ethics and duties, students develop salon product knowledge. Students will also learn how shampoo and condition the hair. Required preclinical testing is completed and satisfactorily completed quotas accumulate to meet quota requirements.
(4 cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

4
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COSM1125
Hair Coloring Techniques

This course introduces theory of hair coloring, different types of hair color 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 colors. Prerequisites: COSM1100, COSM1105, COSM1110, and COSM1115.

(5 Cr – 2 lect, 3 lab)

5
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COSM1130
Skin Care

This course includes facials and facial massage, skin care, and make-up selection and application. Eyebrow arching, false eyelash application, lash extensions, and hair removal techniques are also studied.  Safety, sanitation and infection control are an important focus of the course. Prerequisites: COSM 1120.

(5C r – 2 lect, 3 lab)

5
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COSM1135
Licensing Preparation

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)

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COSM1145
Practical Skills Assessment

This course provides the students the opportunity to pass the skill certification testing necessary for cosmetology licensing in the State of Minnesota.

(3Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)

3
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COSM1255
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 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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COSM1120
Clinical I

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, hair shaping, and chemical procedures. Salon safety, sanitation and infection control are stressed. Students experience salon reception and dispensary service work. Satisfactorily completed quotas accumulate to meet quota requirements. Prerequisites: COSM1100, COSM1105, COSM1110, COSM1115 and COSM1116. (5 Cr – 0 lect, 5 lab)

5
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COSM1140
Clinical II

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, chemical relaxer, permanent wave, hair color facial, makeup, eyebrow wax, artificial nails and manicure. Students perform client services and work with other students.  Prerequisite:  COMS 1120.

(6 Cr – 0 lect, 6 lab)

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COSM1150
Clinical III

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)

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COSM1160
Clinical IV

This course provides the opportunity to complete the required quotas necessary to perform practical skills testing.  Students perform services on clients, other students, and mannequins. These services accumulate to meet quota completion and minimum hourly requirements for Minnesota licensure. Prerequisites: COSM1100, COSM1105.

(2 Cr – 0 lect, 2 lab)

2
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COSM1162
Clinical V

This course provides the opportunity to complete the required quotas necessary to perform practical skills testing.  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, COSM1110.

(2 Cr – 0 lect, 2 lab)

2
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COSM1164
Clinical VI

This course provides the opportunity to complete the required quotas necessary to perform practical skills testing.  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 COSM1110.

(2 Cr – 0 lect, 2 lab)

2
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COSM1166
Clinical VII

This course provides the opportunity to complete the required quotas necessary to perform practical skills testing.  Students perform services on clients, other students, and mannequins. These services accumulate to meet quota completion and minimum hourly requirements for Minnesota licensure. Prerequisites: COSM1100, COSM1105, and COSM1110.

(2 Cr – 0 lect, 2 lab)

2
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COSM1168
Clinical VIII

This course provides the opportunity to complete the required quotas necessary to perform practical skills testing.  Students perform services on clients, other students, and mannequins. These services accumulate to meet quota completion and minimum hourly requirements for Minnesota licensure. Prerequisites: COSM1100, COSM1105, COSM1110, 1115 and 1125.

(2 Cr – 0 lect, 2 lab)

2

Last Updated: November 13, 2023