Mar 22, 2023  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog

Cosmetology, A.A.S. (A55140)

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The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Graduates should qualify to sit for the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate the use of safety and infection control practices as they perform client services.
  2. Conduct cosmetic services successfully by applying Professional Ethics.
  3. Develop cosmetology skills including hairstyling, haircutting, chemical applications, various hair color services, wet setting, thermal styling, ethnic hairstyling, manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, artificial hair, and skin care services.
  4. Pass a mock final examination of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts examination prior to completing the program.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate customer service attributes to ensure effective client consultations and customer relations.
  6. Demonstrate effective public speaking skills to ensure effective client consultations and customer relations.
  7. Demonstrate effective management skills to maximize daily business operations.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. COS 111 COS 112  


Gaston College Cosmetology Associate Degree program is licensed by the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to this program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for General Admission to the College. In addition, students will need to demonstrate college readiness for English and math as exhibited through the college placement test, a placement test waiver, or completion of the acceptable coursework. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you in determining your college readiness. 

For students interested in applying to this program at Gaston College, please note that it has limited enrollment and participates in a selective admission criteria process to select the most qualified applicants for admission. Students will need to make an appointment with their Admissions Specialist/Advisor in order to review admission requirements and to verify if the student has met selective admission criteria in order to submit an application by the deadline. Students interested in participating in the selective admission process for this program can find additional information and program admission requirements under the subheading “limited enrollment/selective admission” in the College Catalog. 



Total Program Hours: 70


Upon completion of these requirements the student is eligible for an Associate of Applied Science degree, and may apply for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license.

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