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NWC is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) and is licensed by the Oregon Department of Education and the Board of Cosmetology.


Cosmetology is the study of Hair Design, Barbering, Nail Technology and Esthetics

Today, beauty is both an art and a science. To achieve success, the progressive cosmetologist must be able to combine creative skill with technical knowledge. Northwest College provides the student with the tools to become a highly respected professional in the salon and spa industry. Our program is contemporary, innovative, practical, and offers an advanced, accredited professional training program. The task-oriented curriculum is to train students for careers as Cosmetologists, Nail Technicians, Estheticians and Hair Designers as well as Barbers.

The Northwest College teaching methodology is based on small groups of students. This allows for plenty of one on one instruction while giving students the benefit of group teaching and discussions.

The Cosmetology program is performance-oriented, based on a modular instructional system. "Performance oriented" means students must not only complete their clock hours, but also complete all required academic courses and laboratory projects, perform a variety of clinic operations, pass written, oral, and practical examinations, and meet salon quality guidelines for 30 days. After satisfactorily completing these requirements, the student is graduated and may take the State Examination for certification.

Our educational program presents current research in cosmetology arts and sciences in complete, printed instructional, and audio visual modules. Each module covers one subject, using the student text, review, videotapes, instructor presentations and hands-on training. With the instructors' assistance in demonstrating and organizing the learning sequences, the student experiences a program of learning achievements. Education and training based on Salon Readiness Objectives have several important advantages. Specific criteria are used in order to assess the student's levels of achievement.

Focus is placed on the student's ability to perform specific job-related assignments. Instruction for more than 50% of the course of study is based on realistic salon situations and work problems. Since an understanding of theory is an essential foundation for developing practical skills, considerable attention is given to the development of this body of knowledge.

Full Course Cosmetology Hair, Nail and Esthetics Program: 2300 hours

The full-license cosmetology course of study contains units of instruction in hair design, esthetics, nail technology, safety and sanitation, and career development. Upon successful completion of this course of study, the graduate will be eligible to apply for the Oregon State Board of Cosmetology examination for an Oregon cosmetology (full) license. A license in cosmetology would allow the graduate to work in such areas as esthetics, nail technology, hair design, make-up, platform artistry, image consulting, education, training, retail sales, salon and spa management, shop ownership, corporate management, etc. The possibilities are virtually endless!

CIP - 12.0401; SOC - 39-5012.00, 39-5092.00, 39-5094.00, 39-5091.00