Nov 27, 2022  
2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog

Cosmetology, Certificate

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Total credit hours 34

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment, which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued an Apprentice license. Students will complete a 6 month (1040 hr.) experience in a salon. Employment is available in beauty salons and as skin/nail specialists, platform artists, and related businesses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in infection control and safety procedures in cosmetology.
  2. Utilize math concepts when identifying and applying color.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency of a multi-layered haircut.
  4. Apply critical thinking to basic cosmetology principles.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

In accordance with the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts, students must submit an original social security card, tax ID card, or student visa information as well as a government issued ID and proof of date of birth to Cosmetic Arts Faculty or Staff prior to starting COS-prefix courses.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of “B” or better in COS prefix courses in order to progress in the program. Additionally, students must earn 1200 hours of cosmetic arts work, pass all exams, and achieve all competencies in order to be eligible for the Cosmetic Arts written exam. Please note that though not required for completion of the certificate at Davidson-Davie, student in this program option must

Felony Policy


(a) Any applicant convicted of a felony or charged with a felony that is still pending may apply for Board approval. All documentation submitted shall have no effect on an individual’s ability to attend a cosmetic art school, take an examination administered by the Board, or apply for a license.

(b) The applicant shall supply the following:

(1) a statement of facts of the crime, accompanied by a certified copy of the indictment (or, in the absence of an indictment, a copy of the “information” that initiated the formal judicial process), the judgment and any commitment order for each felony for which there has been a conviction;
(2) at least three letters attesting to the applicant’s character from individuals unrelated by blood or marriage;
(3) a summary of the applicant’s personal history since conviction including, if applicable, date of release, parole or probation status, employment, and military service; and
(4) any other information that in the opinion of the applicant would be useful or pertinent to the consideration by the Board of the applicant’s request for licensure.

Technical Standards

In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Cosmetic Arts. These technical standards are published in the program student handbook. Cosmetology Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)   

Transfer Options

The decision regarding transfer credit for COS courses is made by the appropriate academic administrator, in consultation with members of the Cosmetic Arts faculty. Transfer credit must be evaluated by the program and is not guaranteed.

Curriculum Guide

Once students start COS prefix courses, they MUST stay continuously enrolled in COS courses. 

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