Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Cosmetology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Welcome to the Bellingham Technical College Cosmetology Program! You have chosen an excellent institution and program to achieve your educational goals! We look forward to working with you and supporting your journey into the ever changing field of professional Cosmetology.

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Cosmetology classes give students experience in such customer services as shampooing, skin care, nail care, modern hair cutting and styling, tinting and bleaching, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, wig care, artificial hair, blow drying and iron curling. Also included in the instruction are safety measures in the handling and use of chemicals, sterilization of equipment, various disorders/diseases of the hair, skin, and nails and their proper treatment, salon management, retail selling, cosmetic chemistry, electricity, and anatomy and physiology. The curriculum meets requirements established by the State of Washington for cosmetology for both theory and practical applications.

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Classes are taught in a laboratory setting at the College’s School of Cosmetology located 1411 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA. During Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters, hours of operation are 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday. Hours and days may be adjusted as necessary. Summer session is required. This program is designed to be completed full-time in five academic quarters including summer instruction. Altered academic plans that include some part-time instruction may be approved in collaboration with academic advising and program faculty.

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Degree Options

Bellingham Technical College (BTC) offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree . The cosmetology degree may be earned through a sequence of courses over five quarters, covering at least 2,000 clock hours of instruction. A sixth quarter may be needed to complete any missing clock hours. The degree program prepares students to take the Washington State licensing exams.

BTC does not offer programs in Barbering, Nail Technology or Esthetics at this time.

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General Information

Bellingham Technical College Cosmetology School

1411 Railroad AVE

Bellingham, WA 98225

360-752-8789

cosmetology@btc.edu

This school is licensed under chapter 18.16 RCW. Inquiries, concerns, or complaints regarding this school can be made to the Washington State Department of Licensing:

Mailing Address:

Department of Licensing

Cosmetology

PO Box 9026

Olympia, WA 98507

360-664-6626

Street Address:

Department of Licensing Business and Occupations

405 Blake Lake BLVD Building 2

Olympia, WA 98502

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Please Note:

RCW 18.16.200 Disciplinary Action-Grounds: Any applicant or licensee under this chapter may be subject to disciplinary action by the director if the licensee or applicant: Has engaged in the commercial practice of cosmetology, barbering, manicuring, esthetics, or instructed in or operated a school without first obtaining the license required by this chapter.

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Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS111-129 credits

  • General Education Core Courses
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    1/3-3/21TTh 6:00p-8:10pNELSON LOpenings: 12
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    1/3-3/21TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pNELSON NOpenings: 26
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    1/7-3/20MW10:10a-11:30aBURNS JOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aGERNAND JOpenings: 13
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    1/3-3/22Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
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    4/3-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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    1/3-3/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aNEWTON KOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pTHATCHER ROpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/3-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/3-6/19MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communication5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    1/3-3/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
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    1/7-3/20MW 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online SMITH MOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online SMITH MOpenings: 24
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    4/3-6/19MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 32
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    4/2-6/20TTh 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 32
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    4/3-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/2-6/20TTh 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 32
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  • Program Core
  • COSMT 101Cosmetology Basic Skills and Salon Practice15 credits

    Instruction/participation class in basic services performed by a cosmetologist. This lecture/lab class is closely supervised in the introduction and practice of shampooing/draping, hair analysis/scalp and hair treatment, haircutting, wet styling, thermal styling, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, hair coloring/lightening, manicuring/pedicuring, basic facials, temporary hair removal, resume writing, safety measures and decontamination control. Students practice on mannequins, models and each other. Emphasis is placed on quality of work and knowledge of procedures, safety and decontamination control.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better; ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better; ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better

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    1/3-3/22DAILY 8:00a-3:30pREYES MOpenings: 20
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    4/2-6/20DAILY 8:00a-3:30pREYES MOpenings: 20
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  • COSMT 110Trichology, Dermatology, and Onychology5 credits

    Introduction to the study of hair, skin and nails and their function, structure and characteristics. Care and treatment of hair, skin, and nail diseases and disorders. Special emphasis on sterilization and sanitation principles and methods.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 111Salon Management5 credits

    Basic overview of salon business operations, including marketing strategies, financial control, factors affecting salon culture, insurance, business law and health regulations. Special emphasis is placed on finding a mentor in a salon to observe, record and report on salon business practices.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 112Salon Safety, Chemistry, and Electricity5 credits

    Includes methods of decontamination, universal precautions and responsibilities of a salon professional. Types and classifications of bacteria, safety measures in the use and storage of chemicals. Basic background in chemistry theories, processes and product ingredients as they relate to the cosmetology industry. Special emphasis on OSHA chemical hazard information. Basic anatomy, physiology and types of electricity will also be covered. Training in First Aid and CPR is included.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 201Haircutting and Styling Lab and Salon Practice I8 credits

    This is the first course in a two course sequence. Students will practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice advanced haircutting and styling techniques requested in the salon today. Shears, razors and texturizing shears will be used to accomplish the look. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis placed on safety and quality of work while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 202Haircutting and Styling Lab and Salon Practice II8 credits

    his is the second course in a two course sequence. Students will continue to practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice advanced haircutting and styling techniques requested in the salon today. Shears, razors and texturizing shears will be used to accomplish the look. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis placed on safety and quality of work while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 203Haircutting & Beard Design Lab & Salon Practice I8 credits

    This is the first course in a two course sequence. Students will practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class, students will learn about and practice the most current and advanced haircuts, styles and beard designs. Students will learn how to use appropriate barbering tools to achieve the look. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis placed on safety and quality of work while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 204Haircutting & Beard Design Lab & Salon Practice II8 credits

    Students will continue to practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice advanced haircutting and styling techniques requested in the salon today. Shears, razors and texturizing shears will be used to accomplish the look. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis placed on safety and quality of work while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 205Color Lab and Salon Practice I8 credits

    This is the first course in a two course sequence. Students will practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice the most current and advanced color techniques in the industry including foiling, bleach and tone, balayage and corrective color. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis placed on safety and quality of work while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 206Color Lab and Salon Practice II8 credits

    This is the second course in a two course sequence. Students will continue to practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice the most current and advanced color techniques in the industry including foiling, bleach and tone, balayage and corrective color. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis placed on safety and quality of work while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 207Textured Hair Services Lab and Salon Practice I8 credits

    This is the first course in a two course sequence. Students will practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice the most current and advanced textured hair services requested in the salon. The class will also review how to select the appropriate product used for natural hair styling and as a follow up to chemical textured services. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis is placed on safety and quality of work, while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 208Textured Hair Services and Salon Practice II8 credits

    This is the second course in a two course sequence. Students will continue to practice salon services on the salon floor under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor. During this class students will learn about and practice the most current and advanced textured hair services requested in the salon. The class will also review how to select the appropriate product used for natural hair styling and as a follow up to chemical textured services. To gain salon experience, students practice on models, mannequins, clients and each other. Emphasis is placed on safety and quality of work, while meeting industry target time.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 210Cosmetology Lab & Shop Practice (2-18 credits)18 credits

    This course is used to complete curriculum, for special interest projects, and/or to complete required program clock hours. COSMT 210 is an additional quarter and is optional.

    Prerequisite:
    COSMT 101 with a C or better
  • COSMT 220Cosmetology Capstone2 credits

    Designed for fifth quarter students preparing for the Washington State Written Licensure Exam. Provides theoretical review of facts from previous Cosmetology courses in preparation for in-house computerized exams before applying for WA State Board examination.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS111-129 credits

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


Registration for Fall 2018 is now open!

Please check the Cosmetology Registration Info Document for more details on how to register.

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Cosmetology FAQ

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If you are interested in Cosmetology for 2018-2019 click here to register for an Info Session to learn more about the program.

  • The BTC Foundation is offering special scholarships for new Cosmetology students! Once you have obtained your BTC email address and password, use them to sign-on at https://btc.awardspring.com to complete the scholarship application. Scholarships are available for students entering Fall, Winter, or Spring, but the deadline to apply is August 31, 2018 so get started right away! If you have problems or questions, please contact Valerie Frank at vfrank@btc.edu.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age
  • Note: Applicants should have good mental and physical health, and have a high degree of manual dexterity. A pleasing personality and the ability to communicate and work well with others are important, as is stamina and good health since professionals must be on their feet the majority of time, and, in many cases, around chemicals.

Program Tuition/Fees

Program fees address distinct and specified costs such as lab assistants, supplies, materials, equipment, rentals, software licensing, replacement and upgrade, maintenance, and other operational costs.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

The BTC Cosmetology graduate will be able to:

  • Perform hair care services for all types of hair including hair analysis, hair cutting, hairstyling, hair coloring and lightening, permanent waving, and chemical relaxing.
  • Perform natural nail services including manicuring and pedicuring.
  • Perform basic skin care services including skin analysis, facials, makeup application, and superfluous hair removal.
  • Demonstrate customer service skills, self-growth, and personal development.
  • Perform salon business such as front desk operations, dispensary inventory and loss prevention, resume building and interviewing skills, self-marketing, and the basic knowledge of starting one's own salon business.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of decontamination control, public hygiene, and special sanitation procedures used for the protection of the client and the operator.
  • Demonstrate skills to pass the Washington State licensure written and practical exams required for a professional license to work in the Cosmetology industry.

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Mark OConnor

Area of Instruction


Advising & Career Services

Contact Info


360 752-8459
moconnor@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 135


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Minerva Reyes

Area of Instruction


Cosmetology

Contact Info


360-752-8637
mreyes@btc.edu
Railroad Center (RRC) - Room 102

 

Background


Profile
I have 15 years of experience in the cosmetology field. I plan to utilize my skill and experience, to deliver a great classroom curriculum, while help...

    • I have 15 years of experience in the cosmetology field. I plan to utilize my skill and experience, to deliver a great classroom curriculum, while helping students achieve good work ethics, professionalism, self-confidence, and proficiency in the field of cosmetology.

Specialties
I specialize in bilingual instruction, old- school barbering, and hair-coloring.

    • I specialize in bilingual instruction, old- school barbering, and hair-coloring.