Northwest College

Combination Courses


In Oregon, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) regulates licensing for all fields of practice under cosmetology. There are separate certificates (license) for each field of practice within cosmetology which are Hair Design, Barbering, Nail Technology and Esthetics. Students get certified (licensed) in each field individually. Northwest College School of Beauty offers a unique approach for students wishing to become licensed in more than one field of practice.

We believe that students are most successful when they complete one program or two short programs together at a time. This gives the student the opportunity to focus on learning all the practical procedures and theory behind the subjects, complete all tests, and practical exams without the added stress of studying and learning multiple fields of practice at one time. Students become proficient in each field by completing and graduating from their program, prior to beginning a new program. Nail technology and Esthetics can be taken together as a combination course. All other programs are offered individually, and when complete, the student moves on to the next. Listed below are the common combinations in which our graduates become certified in:

1. Hair Design, Nail Technology & Esthetics

Completing Hair Design, Nail Technology and Esthetics, gives you the most flexibility in your career! You can work in a full service salon or spa, and perform all services from haircutting, haircoloring, facials and waxing to manicures and pedicures! A certificate in Hair Design, Nail Technology, and Esthetics allows you to work in a variety of industry positions such as platform artistry, nail artistry, make-up artistry, education, retail sales, salon management and various corporate positions. For students who wish to take all courses, we have you start your education with the esthetics/nail combo program first. Upon successful completion of these programs, the graduate will be eligible to take the HLO examination for an Oregon certificate in hair design, nail technology and esthetics.

2. Hair Design & Nail Technology

A certificate in Hair Design and Nail Technology allows you to work in such areas as hair design, platform artistry, nail technology, nail artistry, education, retail sales, salon management and various corporate positions. Nail and hair services continue to rise in popularity! For students who wish to take all courses, we have you start your education with the nail program first. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be eligible to take the HLO examination for an Oregon certificate in hair design and nail technology.

3. Hair Design & Esthetics

A certificate in Hair Design and Esthetics allows you to work in such areas as hair design, platform artistry, esthetics, make-up artistry, education, retail sales, salon management and various corporate positions. The demand continues to rise for hairstylists and estheticians in the salons. For students who wish to take esthetics and hair design, we have you start your education with the esthetics program first. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be eligible to take the HLO examination for an Oregon certificate in hair design and esthetics.

4. Nail Technology & Esthetics

Getting licensed in nails and esthetics allow you to perform a variety of spa nail and esthetics services. A certificate in nail technology and esthetics allows you to work in such areas as nail technology, nail artistry, esthetics, make-up artistry, education, retail sales, salon management and various corporate positions. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be eligible to take the HLO examination for an Oregon certificate in nail technology and esthetics.


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Travis Henry, @bigTtheBarber, Class of 2011

I entered Beauty School not sure what to expect and with no prior cutting/barbering experience. I did research on a few local Beauty Schools and went with what felt right for my family and the locations that worked for me. The campuses were beautiful, the staff was awesome, and there was a variety of different students. Beauty school is what you make of it. It's the school's responsibility to teach you the rules, help you achieve greatness, and give you the tools you need to succeed in this profession. Northwest College did that for me. This business is 75% Passion and 25% skills, NW College can get you those skills if your willing to do your part. I graduated in March of 2011; I'm now a Certified Educator for Eufora International, Owner of Chop Shop Hair Studio, Co-Owner of  Doo or Dye Salon, President of the North West Barbers Alliance, and Business Partners with Shave Envy. You can achieve anything you want with the right training, support, and a passion.” - Travis Henry, Class of 2011

Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

I was very scared going back to school after nearly 20 years, but attending NW College in Tualatin made it an easy transition. I had no idea what to expect from beauty school or if I was making the right career move, but in no time at all I knew NW College was the right decision for me. I had amazing instructors that were encouraging and pushed me to trust in myself and my creative abilities. I graduated on November 22, 2014 and because of the great academics of NW College passed my state boards and became licensed on November 26, 2014. I had interviewed with several salons leading up to my graduation and started working immediately as an independent contractor on December 2, 2014.. Attending NW College was the best decision of my life, I’ve never been happier going to work each day. I LOVE my career choice as a licensed Cosmetologist.” - Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

Licensed & Accredited

Accreditation by a nationally recognized agency provides assurance that a school is established and recognized as a quality institution, has adequate facilities and equipment, maintains recognized and approved courses of study, and employs competent, qualified faculty. Northwest College is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences) and is licensed by HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission). Northwest College is a 2014 Modern Salon Excellence in Education Cosmetology School.

 

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