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Cosmetology Associate of Applied Science Degree
Cosmetology Diploma
Cosmetology AASCosmetology Diploma
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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)  

  • ​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

  • 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

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

​Marcie Smith-Fields

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​

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.​

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 ​​

Cosmetology AAS Degree​

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

Cosmetology Program Video
  • 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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