Cosmetology Course Overview

Students can expect to complete this program between 12 – 15 months depending on the course scheduled elected by the student and satisfactory progress is maintained.

Course Objectives

The objective of the cosmetology course is to acquaint students with all aspects of cosmetology to receive the well-rounded educational foundation needed to successfully pass the state licensing examination and become successful designers.  

Course Description

The cosmetology course (SOC Code 39-5012) is offered through four Phases of instruction.

Phase One Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Trichology, Hair Design, Chemical Texture, Hair Sculpting and Salon Success.  Study in these areas will explore sculpting and designing services for all hair types

Phase Two Students continue their education with classes in Electricity, Skin Care, Nails, Wigology, Color, Salon Success, and advanced workshops in Sculpting.  Students will put their education into action starting in Phase Two by working on guests in the student salon.  Students will work on developing communication and technical skills and the practice of appropriate infection control and safety procedures as they work on clients under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Phase Three Students will learn topics including Professional Development, Salon Ecology, Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry, Salon Business, Design Decisions, Salon Success, and advanced workshops in Hair Design.  Students will work on improving guest relations, technical skills and efficiency.  

Phase Four Students will review and prepare for state licensure, and continue with advanced workshops in Sculpting, Texture, Hair Design, and Color.

Cosmetology Phases of Instruction

  • Phase One / 270 Hours
  • Phase Two / 360 Hours
  • Phase Three / 510 Hours
  • Phase Four / 360 Hours

Instructional Methods

Within the course students will be taught through audiovisual presentations, lectures, demonstrations, practical hands-on experiences, questions and answer sessions, discussions, and written and practical testing.

Grading and Evaluation Procedures

Students are evaluated and tested based on their technical skills and theoretical knowledge.  The evaluation of progress is administered through written tests and practical exams.  Students are required to take all exams and complete all assignments within the course curriculum and described and/or assigned.  Written exams are graded on a point system that is then converted to a percentage.  The converted percentages will be used when determining the grade average.  Practical exams are graded with a pass/fail system. Students receive a pass/fail on specific criteria know as Elements.  Each passed Element within a practical exam will receive a point. Points are then tallied and issued a percentage score based upon total number of Elements covered.  All students are required to pass all phases/segments in order to move on to the next phase/segment.  Exams may be timed in order to assess the student’s timing and efficiency against the standards in the beauty industry.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is based on percentages.  Letter grades are not issued.  Scores of 85% to 100% are considered to be satisfactory (passing).