Associate in Technical Arts

This program is designed to allow the student to complete all of the required instruction to qualify for the Washington State Cosmetology License examination and at the same time complete an Associate in Technical Arts Degree. This degree is provided through a joint agreement between the West Sound Technical Skills Center and Olympic College.

To be considered for admission into the Cosmetology Program, the following prerequisites need to be met:

  • MATH 090A with a grade of 2.0 or above or satisfactory placement test score.
  • Appropriate placement score, ENGL 093 or higher with a grade of 2.0 or better.

For acceptance into the program, the student must make application at the West Sound Technical Skills Center (W.S.T.S.C.) and meet all requirements. To obtain the Associate in Technical Arts Degree, the student must complete all of the core requirements and program requirements listed below.

All of the program requirements meet the competency standards required by the Washington State Licensing Board for Cosmetologists. All cosmetology program classes will be held at the Skills Center, which has been licensed by the State of Washington.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Demonstrate written skills required for the application process and examination to obtain state licensing.
  2. Exhibit managerial skills and working knowledge of state laws that is necessary to establish a new, small business or operate an existing salon or retail business.
  3. Apply product knowledge of the industry in a retail sales and service environment.
  4. Provide training to clientele via educational seminars and consultation.
  5. Perform employability standards such as customer service, communication and listening skills, performance characteristics (i.e., adaptability, responsibility, punctuality, cooperation, etc.), and work ethics.
  6. Observe safety issues and industry-related laws and regulations, and remedy unsafe practices.
Advisor Office Phone
Business & Technology Technical 103 360.475.7360
Gesch, Therese W.S.T.S.C. 360.473.0561

Required Courses Credits
Core Requirements  
BMGMT 140 Business and Personal Mathematics* 5
ENGL 100 Composition—Selected Prof/Tech/Voc* 5
OLRM 220 Human Relations in the Workplace 3

Program Requirements
COSME 121 Skin/Scalp/Hair Analysis and Care* 2
COSME 122 Wet Hair Styling/Braids/Wigs/Exts I* 6
COSME 123 Wet Hair Styling/Braids/Wigs/Exts II* 4
COSME 124 Wet Hair Styling/Braids/Wigs/Exts III* 3
COSME 125 Thermal Styling I* 3
COSME 126 Thermal Styling II* 2
COSME 127 Hair Cutting I* 3
COSME 128 Hair Cutting II* 3
COSME 129 Hair Cutting III* 4
COSME 130 Permanent Waving I* 3
COSME 131 Permanent Waving II* 5
COSME 132 Permanent Waving III* 5
COSME 133 Chemical Relaxing I* 1
COSME 134 Chemical Relaxing II* 4
COSME 135 Hair Color Semi/Bleaching I* 3
COSME 136 Hair Color Semi/Bleaching II* 3
COSME 137 Hair Color Semi/Bleaching III* 3
COSME 138 Manicuring & Pedicuring I* 4
COSME 139 Manicuring & Pedicuring II* 4
COSME 141 Skin Care and Make-up I* 3
COSME 142 Skin Care and Make-up II* 4
COSME 143 Salon Ethics/Laws/Management I* 2
COSME 144 Salon Ethics/Laws/Management II* 1
COSME 145 Salon Ethics/Laws/Management III* 1
COSME 146 Desk/Phone/Dispensary I* 1
COSME 147 Desk/Phone/Dispensary II* 4
COSME 148 Desk/Phone/Dispensary III* 2
Total Credits Required 96

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog