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Course Syllabus

Course: COSB 2505

Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Services Technology
Title: Cosmetology/Barbering Capstone

Semester Approved: Spring 2021
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2025
End Semester: Fall 2026

Catalog Description: This capstone course allows students to complete the last 1-100 hours of the 1600 clock hours mandated by the State of Utah. During this course, students perform advanced procedures and prepare to take the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Licensure Examination (NIC test) and apply for licensure.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 0; Lab: 6
Clock/Hour Requirements: 90

Prerequisites: Must have Instructor approval

Corequisites: N/A

Justification: This course provides an opportunity for the student to complete the remaining clock time hours to meet the required 1600 hours before a student can license. Preparation is made during this time for the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Licensure Examination (NIC test).

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to safely perform the tasks listed in the Candidate Information Bulletin concerning the requirements of the NIC test.  Students will be assessed at the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology/Barbering Licensure Exam (NIC test) site. A pass of 70% or above is required for licensure.

Students will maintain a clean work environment and follow the proper procedures for safety and infection
control. Students will recognize potential safety hazards and implement accepted methods to mitigate those
hazards. Students will be assessed weekly on sanitation and disinfection processes using skill pass-off sheets. All task lines will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will be reassessed until a pass is achieved.

Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with learning experiences in the following subject areas:

-maintaining a clean working environment
-hair and scalp analysis
-haircutting techniques, using clippers, razor and shears
-chemical texture techniques
-hair color and bleach applications
-hairstyling, including thermal sets
-straight razor shaving
-facials, and removal of unwanted hair using wax and tweeze
-artificial nail applications
-first aid techniques for cuts
-using the internet to access the Division of Professional Licensing for the State of Utah and the Candidate Information Bulletin.

We strive to introduce all students to the procedures performed in the beauty industry, allowing them to express their differences and cultures through creative projects and group activities. The course is designed to empower and foster talent in all students, including groups traditionally underrepresented in this career, and move beyond stereotypes. Students have an opportunity to complete services on a variety of clients from diverse backgrounds.

Key Performance Indicators:
Student learning outcomes will be assessed by a combination of the following:

Safety and sanitation 5 to 20%

Practical application 30 to 60%

Exams 20 to 40%

Attendance 5 to 20%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Candidate Information Bulletin available for download at: or

Pedagogy Statement:
Teaching methods may include practical application and test procedure practice.

In this course, instructors will strive to connect with students on a personal level by spending multiple hours daily with this group of students. Students will also be encouraged to make connections in order to foster an inclusive classroom/lab atmosphere. This may be accomplished through group assignments, practical experience with clients as they perform all the procedures involved in the beauty industry.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 10
Optimum Class Size: 8