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Cosmetology Associate of Applied Science Degree
Cosmetology Diploma

Program Overview

Cosmetology services include the cleaning, conditioning, shaping, reinforcing, coloring and enhancing of the body surface in the areas of head, scalp, face, arms, hands, legs and feet. Science courses provide a good background for the skills taught in hair analysis and treatment. Physical requirements include finger dexterity, negative allergic reaction to cosmetic preparations and artistic flair for creative design. 

The professional cosmetologist should enjoy working with the public and in a team atmosphere. People skills and time management skills are essential. Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.​

The Cosmetology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program meets the requirements for licensure by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and provides transferrable credits towards a two- or four-year degree in liberal arts and sciences. ​​​ 

The Cosmetology Diploma program meets the requirements for licensure by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners, and prepares students for immediate employment. 

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.​​

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • Cleaning, conditioning, shaping, reinforcing, coloring and enhancing of hair, skin, and nails
  • Histology and physiology of the skin, hair and nails and how they work together to form body systems​
  • Hair service skills with a focus on trichology, shampoo, conditioning, cutting and finishing hair techniques​
  • Temporary, demi-permanent, permanent and decolorization hair color
  • Hair analysis and treatment
  • Salon operations

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    Textbook and Supply Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $3,700.00 for cosmetology kits, supplies, and books. This cost is in addition to tuition and fees.

    • Be prepared to purchase student cosmetology kits the first day of class from the book store. Financial aid must have been completed.
    • All books must be purchased before classes begin.​

  • Career Settings

    • ​​Full service salons
    • Day spas 
    • Fitness centers 
    • Become self employed 
    • Department stores 
    • Franchise salons
    • Cosmetics Buyer
    • Retail/Sales Specialist
    • Manufacturer's Representative 
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​

    Cosmetology AAS Degree​

    • ​BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University​
    • BA Health Care Administration, Concordia University-St. Paul 

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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Graduates will be prepared to take the skills certification. ​

    • Graduates will be prepared to take the Minnesota State Cosmetology written exam and state law test administered through the State designated testing service (access through www.bceboard.state.mn.us).

    • Employment Outlook for Hairdressers and Cosmetologists will increase 5.9 percent from 2014 through 2024 in the seven county Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN area. Data source: Careerwise, 2016

  • Program Advisor

    ​Marcie Smith-Fields

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Pivot Point International Inc.
Pivot Point is a registered service mark and trademark owned by Pivot Point International, Inc. Saint Paul College’s Cosmetology Program is a Pivot Point Member School:

Pivot Point International Inc.
1560 Sherman Avenue Suite 700
Evanston, IL 60201

Professional Affiliations 

National Cosmetology Association Minnesota (NCA)  

Career Information

Information provided by http://www.careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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Cosmetology and Nail Care Hours 

Appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30am – 2:00pm 

No services on Wednesdays 

Call for an appointment: 651.846.1329​​​​

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