NCTC Cosmetology to offer associate degree

Elizabeth F. Abu | Mar 4, 2020

The NCTC Cosmetology Department received approval from the Board of Regents to offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Cosmetology.

Previously, the department offered certificate courses that led to students becoming Licensed Cosmetologists.

Students wishing to complete their AAS in Cosmetology can choose from three tracks. The first track focuses on the business skills necessary to own or manage a salon. Students will also learn how to be self-employed with the business background needed to be successful as an independent contractor. This track includes courses in business computer applications, small business management, accounting, and marketing.

The second track is for students who wish to advance their cosmetology skills. This track focuses on students who have completed enough hours to become a Licensed Cosmetologist, but want to gain more experience and knowledge in a salon atmosphere before going to work on their own. The track will include more advanced techniques and skills that wouldn’t normally be included in the certificate.

The third, and final, track is for students who would like to become Barbers, as well as a Licensed Cosmetologists. After passing the cosmetologist exams, students in this track will complete one semester of barbering coursework to be eligible to take their Class A Barber exams.

“Once a student has passed both exams they will be dual-licensed, and thus more marketable,” said Human Services and Hospitality Division Chair Stephanie Lindsey.

All of these tracks will take four semesters to complete and the credits will be transferable to a four-year degree.

“Another piece of exciting news is that our degrees qualify for Financial Aid now,” said Lindsey. “So, students in our programs will now be eligible to apply for Financial Aid to help cover the cost of classes.” 

These AAS degrees will be offered beginning Fall 2020.