Cosmetology

2014 Cosmetology Orientation

The Cosmetology program is designed to provide entry level skills to students interested in a career in the cosmetology profession. California State law requires that persons enrolling in Cosmetology courses must be at least sixteen years of age. Students in the Cosmetology program will be required to comply with and maintain standards of dress and grooming. Excessive absences may result in exclusion from the program. All prospective students are required to attend an orientation program.

2014 Orientation Dates - All dates are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room V101

  • Monday 2/10/2014
  • Monday 5/19/2014
  • Monday 7/21/2014
  • Monday 9/22/2014
  • Monday 11/17/2014

Address: CTC building is located at 1081 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Contacts: Sudie Phillips, M. Ed. Department Chair and Professor, sphillip@sdccd.edu
Sylvia Leon, M. Ed. Admission Coordinator and Professor, sleon@sdccd.edu

Print and bring with you to Orientation:

Orientation

Orientation is mandatory prior to registration. Contact Cosmetology Department for schedule of days and times. It is highly recommended that a student complete the placement exams in order to meet the reading and writing advisories. Students should bring a copy of placement test scores to orientation. 

Program Enrollment

Program add codes are required for continuing students for spring, summer and fall semesters. Course work from other Cosmetology programs will not clear City College course work. New students can start mid semester every fall, spring, summer. Program vacancies are filled by students from a waiting list. Students are required to purchase all textbooks, uniforms, practical kits, tools and small manually handled equipment.

Program Hours

Cosmetology courses are offered during the day and evening.

Full-Time Programs: The schedule of lecture and lab hours varies per semester.
NOTE: A nine-week summer session is offered..

State Board Verification: Students with previous course hours in Cosmetology from another community college program must provide written State Board documentation. These courses cannot be used for the major. The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology requires 1600 hours of instruction for Cosmetology or 600 hours of instruction for Esthetics, both careers require a passing score on the State Board examination to become licensed and eligible for employment. Students participate in practical and theoretical training under the supervision of a State-licensed and community-college-credentialed instructor at all times while enrolled in the program.

Program Emphasis

Students are expected to learn fundamental practices and procedures of cosmetology services. This includes laboratory instruction in client cosmetology services. Students are required to purchase all textbooks, uniforms, practical kits, tools and small manually handled equipment. Instructional opportunities provide the student with salon site visitation, guest speakers, exposure to the cosmetology industry, small business concepts and current changes in the field of cosmetology which lead to career opportunities and advancement. Students are provided with opportunities to develop skills in sales, community and client relations, care of skin, hair and nails, as well as salon management. A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in order to advance in the course sequence.

Career Options

Some careers in cosmetology require education beyond the associate degree. Examples of careers in cosmetology include: salon owner/manager, cosmetologist (salon services), platform stylist (demonstrates products and techniques for manufacturer), competition stylist, cosmetology instructor, technical writer for trade magazine, seminar/demonstration speaker and education specialist (for a manufacturer).
Examples of careers as an esthetician include: Salon or Spa Esthetician, Spa Esthetic Consultant, cosmetic consultant, makeup artist for theatre, film and/or television, medical esthetic assistant, manufacturer representative for skin care, cosmetics or esthetic equipment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Cosmetology program the student will be able to:

  • Apply cosmetology concepts, procedures and practices to successfully pass the State Board Examination.
  • Practice safety, health, and sanitation procedures as set forth by the California Bureau of Cosmetology.
  • Utilize professional practice terminology and techniques as required by the California Bureau of Cosmetology examination.
  • Perform all practical applications required for the state board examination/state licensure.
  • Explain basic cosmetology concepts, terms and definitions.
  • Compare and contrast cosmetology procedures and practices.
  • Apply cosmetology products and procedures in providing services to clients.