What is A Cosmetology (AS) Degree?
The field of Cosmetology is all about hair, skin, cosmetics, and nails and procedures to make them beautiful. Getting an Associate’s degree in Cosmetology is not just about how to style hair and polish nails, though. That’s part of the training, but the program includes science—yes, science: the anatomy of the hair, skin, and nails, recognizing diseases of the hair and skin, and the chemistry of products that you’ll use with clients.
Then you’ll have units on the hands-on part of beautifying hair, skin, and nails, and may finish with a unit on preparing for the licensing exam. What sets an AS degree program apart from a certificate at a cosmetology school is the general education and business training you’ll get, since you may decide at some point to own your own salon. You’ll have lots of opportunities to practice your newly learned skills on real “heads” too.
The videos below discuss “typical” programs, so they should help regardless of which school you are considering.