Campus Location: Calmar
Program Entry: Students may start the program course sequence fall or spring term.
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Description: The Cosmetology program prepares you to work in a full-service salon and/or allows you to work towards salon ownership and professional management. It provides a strong foundation in Cosmetology with theory and clinical experience directed and guided by Cosmetology professionals in combination with general education courses that support the core curriculum. Graduates will be qualified to pursue a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university in an area of interest such as management or business.
This program prepares students with professional skills and practices in enhancing the hair, skin, and nails. It incorporates up-to-date trends as well as basic foundational techniques. Once one has gained a professional license, the possibilities are endless to what one can become, such as: a hair colorist, texture specialist, hairstyling artist, certified educational trainer, cosmetic chemist, artificial nail expert, owner of a solon or spa, platform artist, or work on a cruise ship. Equipment, supplies, and courses are contemporary, accurate, and based on present cosmetology practices.
Cosmetology students are required by the state of Iowa to complete a minimum of 70 credits in a Cosmetology program. NICC students finish the program when they complete the state credit hour requirements and meet individual course requirements.
Students are required to wear black slacks, shoes and socks and an approved lab coat in the salon.
Enrollment Process: See Enrollment Process .
Academic Requirements: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must complete all required coursework with a “C-” grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average to graduate from the program.
Program Requirements: Prior to the Mentorship Experience students are required to complete a criminal background check. The Cosmetology Iowa Board of Arts and Science will no longer review criminal history prior to application to licensure. You will need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the State Licensure Exam.
The College has contracted the services of Certified Background and CastleBranch to review and monitor drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:
- Drug testing - prior to clinical participation, random, post-incent-accident and suspicion. Students are required to be substance-free throughout the program.
- In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.
- Random drug screens will also be conducted on students while enrolled in the program.
Note: A positive report on the drug screen may prevent you from acceptance into clinical and completion of the program.
Minimum Credits: 70.5