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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cosmetology Diploma

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Total Credits: 52

Major Number: 5645
CIP Code: 12.0401

Program Description

This Cosmetology diploma includes instruction in theory and practical application techniques of hair styling, cutting, coloring, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, nail and skin care. Completion of this diploma prepares students for state written exam and certification of skills as required by the Minnesota cosmetology laws and rules for licensure.

Program Prerequisites

Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.

Special Instructions

Students are encouraged to start the Cosmetology program full-time in the fall.  However, Cosmetology students can begin with the Nail Certificate as their initial focus in the spring semester and then continue to progress in the Cosmetology program in subsequent semesters. Please refer to Nail Tech certificate program guide for review. 

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 52

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements


MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements

High School Diploma, Certification of Skills Practical Exam, and State Licensing Exam are required for Licensure.

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

High School diploma or GED, State Licensing Exam, and Certification of Skills are required for licensure.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level hair/nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill as well as being able to analyze nail care, shampooing, conditioning, hair coloring, hair styling, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, facial treatments, applying makeup, and all areas of hair cutting based on clients’ needs and wants.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.
  • Identify and interpret Minnesota cosmetology rules and laws as well as demonstrating ethical business practices in the salon including cash handling and reporting.

Program Contact Information

Thom Costa 651.779.3912 Room 3361 East
Dawn Goebel 651.747.4069 Room 3361 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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