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    Apr 21, 2024  
Catalog 2023-24

Cosmetology AAS

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Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) cosmetology degree prepares students for employment in a broad array of areas in the beauty field.  This program provides the theory and practical application necessary to take Oregon cosmetologist certification exams and meet employment performance requirements. 

KCC’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) cosmetology degree is aligned with industry-recognized certifications. One-year certificates of hair design, barbering, and esthetics and nail technician roll seamlessly into the AAS cosmetology degree program. Pathways certificate of esthetics and pathways certificate nail technician stack seamlessly into the esthetic and nail technician one-year certificate.  Students are evaluated on the performance of each competency of the curriculum to ensure readiness to meet state licensure requirements and enter the profession. Students participate in realistic training through the student-operated salon. The program also provides prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

Included in this program are academic courses in which students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, communication skills, cultural competence, professional competency and self-efficacy skills and teamwork skills.  In addition to cosmetology courses, students are required to take courses in business management, information systems, student success, communication, computation, arts and letters, social science, and science that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

The Cosmetology program consists of seven consecutive terms, including summer term, depending on the student’s previous academic history. Attendance is vital to complete the program hour requirement and averages 30 hours each week. Hours consist of lecture, lab, clinical time and general education. Students will prepare to take the state board examination upon the completion of program requirements and class time required by the state of Oregon. After passing the state examination, the student will receive a license to practice in their new career.

Students intending to transfer to a university will have completed substantial coursework necessary for successful transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

For more information about the program, please see our program page:

Credit for Prior Learning

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.
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Special Accreditation Information

This program has special accreditation, certification, or approval from professional organizations. 
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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply safety and sanitation techniques.
  • Apply thorough understanding of human anatomy, physiology and disease in the execution of services.
  • Apply widely accepted theory of the study of nails, esthetics, hair sculpture, design, texture and coloring to client services.
  • Apply a thorough understanding of electricity and chemistry to the execution of service.
  • Provide client consultation before, during and after all hair, nail and skin care procedures.
  • Model professional conduct at all times, with attentiveness to legal, and ethical considerations.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of sound business practices to building and maintaining a salon.

Program Requirements

Number of credit hours necessary for completion: 98

Required Courses

Student Success



For information about placement in a writing course, please refer to the: Writing Pathway .


Students must select one course in this general education requirement.

For information about placement in a math course, please refer to the: Math Curriculum Pathway  

Arts and Letters


Additional Options

The following courses have been approved as electives.

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