Cosmetology: Program Course Outline

1500 Hours

DESCRIPTION: The cosmetology course consists of all aspects of the beauty culture.  You will learn haircutting and styling, manicures, pedicures, facials, make-up and chemical services.  With a gradual progression from mannequins to clients, the program builds both confidence and technical ability. The Cosmetology Course is designed to train the student by instilling a sense of professionalism in each student.  It will prepare them to enter the field of Cosmetology as an entry level designer, colorist, or permist and will have the tools necessary to expand into the area of salon owner/manager, or platform artist.  This program is measured in clock hours, where the student receives one clock hour for every hour in class.

OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of the course requirements, determined graduates will be able to project an attitude of poise, professionalism and self-confidence; will have learned how to communicate effectively and interact appropriately with colleagues, supervisors and clients. They will understand the need to deliver worthy service in an employment environment. They will have the ability to perform the skills necessary to practice cosmetology as a professional and to apply their academic learning and technical information to assure good judgments, decisions and procedures.

To ensure continued career success, the graduate will continue to learn new and current information related to skills, trends, and methods for career development in cosmetology and related fields.

REFERENCES:  Students follow Milady’s Standard: Cosmetology.  A comprehensive library of references, books, texts, DVD’s, audio/video tapes and web-based materials are available to support the course of study and supplement the students’ training.  Students should avail themselves of the opportunity to use these extensive materials.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS:  The clock hour education is provided through a sequential set of learning steps that address specific tasks necessary for state board preparation, graduation and job entry level skills.  Student Salon equipment, implements, and products are comparable to those used in the industry. Each student will receive instruction that relates to the performance of useful, creative, and productive career oriented activities.  The course is presented through comprehensive lesson plans that reflect effective educational methods.  Subjects are presented by means of interactive lecture, demonstration, cooperative learning, labs, student salon activities, and student participation.  Audio-visual aids, guest speakers, field trips, projects, activities, and other related learning methods are used in the course.

GRADING PROCEDURES: The qualitative element used to determine academic progress is a reasonable system of grades as determined by assigned academic learning. Academic learning (Theory) is evaluated after each unit of study. Comprehensive practical skills evaluations are given after each assigned Phase Class (e.g. Haircutting, Hairstyling, Textured Services, and Color) There are more advanced class comprehensive practical skills evaluations (e.g. Updo, Basic Braiding and Advance Braids). There are numerous comprehensive practical skills evaluations during the course of study. Comprehensive practical skills are evaluated according to text procedures and set forth in comprehensive practical skills evaluation criteria adopted by the school. Students must maintain a written grade average of 75% and pass a FINAL written and comprehensive practical skills evaluation prior to graduation. Students must make up failed or missed tests and incomplete assignments. According to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency 820 IAC 4-4-8 SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS, all examination shall be passed with at least seventy-five percent (75%).

Theory and comprehensive practical skills evaluations will be graded on a scale from 0 to 100%. To be making satisfactory progress, a student must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 75% (based on accumulated theory & comprehensive practical skills examinations)

Grading Scale for Written and Comprehensive Practical Skills Evaluations ACADEMIC PROGRESS EVALUATION work is as follows:

93-100                                                  Excellent
85-92                                                    Very Good
75-84                                                    Satisfactory
74%                                                      or below Unsatisfactory

The SECOND CRITERION to the ACADEMIC PROGRESS EVALUATION is the LABORATORY WORK (PROJECT COMPLETION RATE) Students are assigned a minimum number of practical experiences. The amount of performances is equal to the hours outlined by the State Board of Cosmetology Examiners. It is to be the minimum requirement only. This is found in your Official Student Progress Book from the State of Indiana Board of Cosmetology Examiners. Practical assignments are evaluated as completed and counted toward course completion only when rated as satisfactory or better. (Due to our computer program not able to reflect the % of the number of projects completed at a given number of hours, we attach the Progress Status Chart to every SAP evaluation). If the performance does not meet satisfactory requirements, it is not counted and the performance must be repeated. Laboratory work will be graded by pass or fail.  A criterion of each project is posted on bulletin boards and found on  back of Student Salon Tickets.

The Progress Status Chart reflects the amount of projects in each category that should be completed at specific completed hours of training.  In order for a student to be making satisfactory progress, a student must maintain a minimum percentage of 75%.

The Progress Status chart grid sheet determines each student’s project completion rate. Under the grid chart there are 16 categories/columns.  Each represent a type of project the student must complete as part of their training. For example, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, etc.  (Mnq: = mannequins) – The number of categories the student has fulfilled with the minimum required completed projects will determine the %.

On the left side of grid there are rows representing the students respective hours starting at 500 and increasing every 100 until graduation. When the student connects their current hours with the projects they are working on, a number of completions is in that box.




UNIT OF INSTRUCTION: The Cosmetology course of study consists of 1500 clock hours.  Each of the subjects listed below will be covered in theory and/or practical work.

Hair Sculpting (Cutting) Includes techniques and implements used in razoring, scissors, clippering sculpting, analysis of facial features, hair characteristics, and client consultation. State Required Projects = 250
Clock Hours = 275

Sanitation, Sterilization, & Safety Procedures/Requirements

Because the Cosmetology field requires us to be in constant contact with the public, it is necessary to practice consistent infection control procedures. This includes methods of sanitation & sterilization of equipment and safety procedures. Required Dispensaries = 5 (in combination with desk duties)
Clock Hours = 40

State Laws & Regulations(Statutes and Rules)

Includes rules and regulations pertaining to health, safety, sanitation, professional conduct, and licensing and examination requirements. Clock Hours = 10

Salesmanship Includes selling to the client, prospecting for clients. State Required Projects = 25 Salesmanship

Clock Hours = 10


Includes sales techniques, how to seek & obtain employment, payroll deductions, preparation of employment applications, extensive business management, communication skills, laws, and regulations governing salon operations.  Required Desk Duties = 5 (in combination with the dispensary)

Clock Hours = 10


Includes consultation, table set up, manicure procedures, structure of the hands and nails, nail diseases, and disorders.  Manicure State Required Projects = 25

Clock Hours = 30


Includes consultation, table set up, pedicure procedures, feet diseases and disorders.

Pedicure State Required Projects = 15

Clock Hours = 20

Hair Removal

Includes consultation,  preparation of client, brow arching and waxing procedures of the Eyebrow, Upper Lip and Chin area. Hair Removal State Required Projects = 30

Clock Hours = 15

Anatomy & Physiology

Includes study of the body systems, muscles and nerves of the head, face, and hands.

Clock Hours = 5

Skin (Histology)

Includes divisions of skin, functions of skin, nourishment of skin, glands of skin, and lesions of skin.

Clock Hours = 5

Hair (Trichology)

Includes functions of hair, types of hair, parts of hair, hair growth composition, analyzing hair, and hair disorders and diseases.

Clock Hours = 5

Includes safety devices, basic terminology, and electro-therapy.

Clock Hours = 5

Chemistry (no prerequisites needed)

Includes basic science, chemistry in cosmetics and shampoos.

Clock Hours = 10


Includes cleansing of scalp and hair, use of hair products, scalp examination and manipulations, draping, and diseases and disorders of the scalp.  Clock Hours = 35

Scalp Treatment

Includes cleansing of scalp and hair, use of hair products, scalp examination and manipulations, draping, and diseases and disorders of the scalp.

State Required Projects = 25

Clock Hours = 20

Facials and Makeup

Includes preparation of client, skin care products, facial procedure, skin conditions, diseases and disorders, facial shapes, features, and makeup application.State Required Projects = 30 Facials, 15 Make-up Applications

Clock Hours = 65

Hair coloring

Includes study of law and theory of color, levels and series of hair color, mixing and application for temporary, semi-permanent, permanent colors, bleaching and lightening, dimensional coloring techniques, chemistry, and product information.  State Required Projects =  Temporary; Semi-permanent; deposit only/demi-permanent, permanent

Clock Hours = 190

Texture Services

Includes hair and scalp analysis, hair characteristics, consultation, sectioning and wrapping, process of perming, chemistry, permanent wave product information, and products and procedures use to permanently rearrange the basic structure of curly hair to a straight form and vice versa. Demonstration of conventional, double row, etc. wrapping.  State Required Projects = 100

Clock Hours = 320


Includes wet and thermal sets, hair waving, hair pressing, hair braiding and finger wave.

State Required Projects Hairstyling = 400     Finger waves = 20

Clock Hours = 280

Discretionary Hours

These hours of training are used to supplement the basic course with classes and practical work at the discretion of school management.   Clock Hours = 150

All manicures, pedicures, facials, make-up, and scalp treatments must be done on live models.