The cosmetology department of North Central Texas College has received approval from the Board of Regents to offer an associated cosmetology degree in applied science, which the college announced this week.
Previously, the department offered certification courses that led students to become licensed cosmetologists.
Students who wish to complete their associate’s degree in cosmetology can choose from three courses.
The first track focuses on the entrepreneurial skills needed to own or manage a salon. Students will also learn how to be self-employed with the business background necessary to succeed as an independent contractor. The company path includes courses in business IT applications, small business management, accounting and marketing.
The second track is for students who want to improve their cosmetic skills. The skills 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 alone. The track will include more advanced techniques and skills that would not normally be included in the certificate.
The third track is for students who wish to become licensed barbers and cosmetologists. After passing the cosmetologist exams, students on the barber track will complete a semester of barber courses in order to take the class A barber exams.
All tracks will take four semesters to complete and the credits will be transferable to a four-year degree.
Students pursuing a cosmetology diploma will also be able to apply for financial help.
Associated degrees in cosmetology will be offered starting this fall.