Columbia College’s Associate Degree programs in Occupational & Licensure Studies have been designed to meet diverse demand from the population in the local area. All of 3 programs – Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental Lab Technology and Massage Therapy – are extended studies in addition to fundamental certificate programs.
The curriculum for upper level of each program focuses on advanced study after learning basic knowledge and skills so students will learn special theories and skills to become professional and/or vocational instructor in their field.
To get an associate degree, each program requires seven to eight subjects with 28 to 32 quarter hours of general education courses from the following areas: at least one from humanities, Mathematics and the sciences, and social sciences.
- Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology
This cosmetology program consists of intensive practice and lecture designed to prepare student(s) to take the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology examination for licensure. Student(s) who have completed this program successfully are eligible to take the state board examination and become a licensed cosmetologist, salon manager, and/or cosmetic technician or school instructor. This program offers 88 credits in major and 32 credits in General Education. Each course consists of various sub-courses which give a basic, intermediate and advanced skills and knowledge of chemistry, anatomy, physiology, hair cutting, hair styling, permanent waving, manicuring, pedicuring, facials and makeup, salon management, and instructing in Cosmetology.
- Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
The Culinary Arts program consists of 64 credits of intensive practice and lecture designed to prepare student(s) to take part in the culinary arts service industry successfully. Student(s) are expected upon graduation to be qualified to enter number of related fields as a cook or assistant in restaurants and hotels. This program offers 92 credit courses. Each course has a few sub-courses that provide basic, intermediate, and advanced knowledge and skills in such subjects as cooking, Asian and Western cuisines, bakery, diet and food culture, world fusion cuisine, nutrition science, food sanitation, food service system management, and wedding and party cuisine.
- Associate of Applied Science in Dental Laboratory Technology
Dental Laboratory Technology program provides for a flexible career which offers several opportunities for advancement. After completing the program, student(s) can be experienced and skilled technicians who own their own laboratories or become department heads where they have supervisory responsibilities. The Dental Laboratory Technology program consists of 71 credits in majors and 28 credits in General Education. Student(s) learn advanced skills and techniques in designing and constructing dental replacements such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and orthodontic appliances.
- Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is designed to prepare students for employment as professional massage practitioners and provide a thorough knowledge of the structure and function of the human body along with theory and applications of therapeutic massage. This program offers theoretical, practical, and hands-on experience, and enables graduates to pass the certification exam that is offered by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Associate degree Program in Massage Therapy offers 71 credit core courses including 4 credits of Clinical Practicum. In addition to the core courses, there are 6 general subjects whose total credits are 24.