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: 12; Laboratory Hours: 12)


Total Weeks:  6



Admission into the program


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Orientation
- History of Cosmetology
- Life skills
- Your professional image
- Communicating for Success


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.


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade:  70%


Additional Course Comments:
- Students will sign and adhere to the Trades & Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy


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