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Delivery: Daytime classes only
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Cosmetology — Associate in Applied Science Degree (68 credits)
Cosmetology — Diploma (52 credits)
Nail Care Technician - Certificate (16 credits)

About the Program


The Cosmetology program includes instruction in theory and practical application techniques of hair styling, cutting, coloring, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, and nail and skin care.

The Nail Care Technician program includes instruction in theory and practical application techniques of cleansing, shaping, polishing, massage of hands and feet, and also the application of artificial nails. Completion of either of these two programs prepares you for state written exam and certification of skills as required by Minnesota cosmetology laws and rules for licensure.

Accreditation


This program is licensed by the MN Board of Cosmetologists Examiners.

Potential Job Titles


Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
Manicurists/Nail Technicians

Salary Data


  • Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
    Average Wage: $13.16/hour
    Top Earners: $19.98/hour
  • Manicurists/Nail Technicians
    Average Wage: $11.01/hour
    Top Earners: $16.41/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Cosmetology - AAS 72 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level hair/nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill as well as being able to analyze nail care, shampooing, conditioning, hair coloring, hair styling, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, facial treatments, applying makeup, and all areas of hair cutting based on clients’ needs and wants.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.
  • Identify and interpret Minnesota cosmetology rules and laws as well as demonstrating ethical business practices in the salon including cash handling and reporting.

Cosmetology - Diploma 52 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level hair/nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill as well as being able to analyze nail care, shampooing, conditioning, hair coloring, hair styling, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, facial treatments, applying makeup, and all areas of hair cutting based on clients’ needs and wants.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.
  • Identify and interpret Minnesota cosmetology rules and laws as well as demonstrating ethical business practices in the salon including cash handling and reporting.

Nail Care Technician - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill in nail care including the care of hands and feet and the application of artificial nail enhancements.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.

Program Prerequisites


Assessment score placement in RDNG 0090 or above, or completion of RDNG 0080 with a grade of C or higher.

Gainful Employment Program Information


Additional Requirements


High School diploma or GED, State Licensing Exam, and Certification of Skills are required for licensure.

Program Points of Pride


Service learning and community partnerships

Since Service Learning began in 2006, our students have offered complimentary cosmetology services to interested residents in local homeless shelters and abused women's shelters.

In fall 2006, Century's Cosmetology students participated in SkillsUSA, a national organization focusing on leadership and industry standards. We became an official chapter at the national level of the SkillsUSA organization in 2007.

Since its inception at Century College, cosmetology has had gold medal winning students each year, allowing Century College to be represented at the national conference in Kansas City, Mo.

In 2009 Century college took the first national medal in cosmetology in over 40 years of Minnesota’s history of being involved with the SkillsUSA organization.

In 2010 adviser Thom Costa was named Minnesota’s post-secondary adviser of the year for all the accomplishments Century College Cosmetology has achieved.

We offer special packages of services for children and teens 17 and under for special events such as birthdays. Our package includes hairstyle, make-up, and nail polish.

Our Cosmetology department provided a fun learning opportunity for the children in Century's Busy Bees Day Care Center. The children received a special package of services from the cosmetology students, and experienced a beauty salon in action.

Each semester, Cosmetology program faculty and staff sponsor a fundraiser to support the John Dalton Scholarship for Century's cosmetology students.

Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Jan Koehn (student appts)651.747.4067jan.koehn@century.eduRoom 3361 East
Patricia Hurd651.747.4068pat.hurd@century.eduRoom 3361 East
Thom Costa651.747.3912thom.costa@century.eduRoom 3361 East