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COSM 110 - Orientation
An introduction to the World of Cosmetology. Learners will study a detailed history of Cosmetology and explore career opportunities in the field. Topics will include the psychology of success, motivation and self-management, satisfying basic human needs, and accessing creative capability. The importance of developing a solid foundation of life skills upon which to build technical skills and knowledge will also be addressed.

Hours: 144 (Lecture Hours: 7; Laboratory Hours: 72)
Total Weeks:  6

Prerequisites: Admission into the program
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Describe the early origins of hairstyling and barbering
  • Recognize the pioneers of modern cosmetology and their role in its development
  • Describe the advancements made in cosmetology during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Identify the career opportunities available to a licensed cosmetologist
  • Explain the concept of self-management
  • Develop a personal mission statement
  • Explain how to set long and short-term goals
  • Discuss the most effective ways to manage time
  • Describe good study habits
  • Define ethics
  • Assess the characteristics of a healthy, positive attitude
  • Define image
  • Explain the concept of wellness relating to image
  • Explain the three basic habits of daily personal hygiene
  • Explain the concept of dressing for success
  • Describe methods for achieving balance and reducing stress
  • Identify basic principles of sound nutrition, sleep, and exercise
  • Demonstrate ways to improve posture
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ergonomic principles and ergonomically correct postures and movement
  • Recognize the Golden Rules of Human Relations
  • Explain the importance of effective communication
  • Engage in a successful client consultation
  • Manage delicate communications with clients
  • Develop open lines of communication with coworkers and salon managers
Learners must demonstrate competencies in their skills to industry standards.

Knowledge:  Use initiative to identify tasks.

Attitudes:  Use time productively.

Skills:  Select and use appropriate tools.

Passing Grade:  70%


  • Cosmetology Learner Kit

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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