Course Description:  The cosmetology program consists of 1500 clock hours of theory and practical skill development for licensure.  Full-time students should be able to complete the program within 188 days.  Part-time students should be able to complete the program within 376 days.  Courses in this program involve safety and sanitation, proper work habits, preparation to pass the Colorado State Board practical and written exams and competency to function effectively in entry-level positions as a cosmetologist or a related occupation.  Classes are taught in English.  Tutoring sessions are available in English-Vietnamese and English-Spanish to help students gain a better understanding of the course material. 


Method of Instruction:  The school uses a variety of instructional methods to teach classes including the use of audio and visual equipment, lectures, hands-on demonstrations and guest speakers.


Course Objective & Goals:  Upon completion of the course requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand all sanitation, sterilization and safety precautions expected of cosmetologists.
  • Confidently perform professional hair, skin and nail care services as: permanent waving, chemical relaxing, hairstyling, wet styling, pressing & iron curling, massage & skin care, makeup, shampoo & scalp treatments, hair tinting, bleaching, hair cutting, skin analysis, waxing, manicuring & pedicuring, application of artificial nails.
  • Be familiarized with laws, rules and regulations required by the state.
  • Attain business management skills, ethics, interpersonal skills and salesmanship.


Texts:  Milady Standard Cosmetology, ISBN:  9781439059302 or 1439059306


Required Equipment & Supplies:  See Cosmetology Program Kit List


Grading Procedure:  Academic progress will be measured by theory work (test grades, homework, etc.) and practical work.  Theory and practical work will be graded according to the following scale:


            90% - 100%       A          Excellent

            80% - 89%        B          Above average

            70% - 79%        C          Satisfactory

            69% or below    D           Unsatisfactory (student will be notified and placed on probation)


Students must maintain at least a 70% grade average in order to be considered making satisfactory progress.


Course Subjects:                                                                                                                                       


Shampooing, Rinsing & Conditioning (50 clock hours) - (12.5 hrs Theory & 37.5 hrs Lab)                      

Week 1-2

Product knowledge, scalp massage techniques, shampooing, rinsing, and conditioning procedure, general hair and scalp treatments.


Haircoloring, Hair Tinting & Bleaching (200 clock hours) - (50 hrs Theory & 150 hrs Lab)                       

Week 18-22

Color theory, hair facts, types of haircolor, client consultation, haircolor application procedures, lightening procedures, special effects haircoloring, special problems in haircolor, corrective coloring, salon menu and services, haircoloring safety precautions.


Haircutting (200 clock hours) - (50 hrs Theory & 150 hrs Lab)                                                                

Week 3-8

Basic principles of haircutting, client consultation, tools, body position, and safety, basic haircuts and other cutting  techniques, clippers, edgers and trimmers.


Hairstyling (175 clock hours) - (43.75 hrs Theory & 131.25 hrs Lab)                                                              

Week 9-14

Client consultation, wet hairstyling basics, finger waving, pin curls, roller curls, comb-out techniques, hair wrapping, blow-dry styling, styling short to long hair, thermal hairstyling, thermal hair straightening, hair pressing, braiding and braiding extensions, wigs and hair enhancement.


Chemical Texture Services (100 clock hours) - (25 hrs Theory & 75 hrs Lab)                                            

Week 15-17

Structure of hair, client consultation, permanent waving, permanent waving procedures, chemical hair

relaxers, chemical hair relaxer procedures, soft curl permanents, chemical knowledge.


Manicuring & Pedicuring (175 clock hours) - (43.75 hrs Theory & 131.25 hrs Lab)                                    

Week 23-28

Nail care tools, the manicuring table, client consultation, basic and other types of manicures, pedicures,

safety rules in manicuring and pedicuring, electric filing, massage manipulations.


Application of Artificial Nails (125 clock hours) - (31.25 hrs Theory & 93.75 hrs Lab)                               

Week 28-31

Nail product chemistry, anatomy and physiology, the nail and its disorders, the skin and its disorders, nail

tips, nail wraps, acrylic nails, gels, nail art, safety precautions, nail art.


Facial & Skin Care (175 clock hours) - (43.75 hrs Theory & 131.25 hrs Lab)                                                

Week 31-36

Anatomy and physiology, chemistry for estheticians, basics of electricity, physiology and histology of the

skin, skin disorders and diseases, skin analysis, product selection and ingredients, massage manipulation techniques, basic facials and treatments, machines.


Facial Makeup (25 clock hours) - (6.25 hrs Theory & 18.5 hrs Lab)                                                              

Week 37-38

Cosmetics for facial makeup, makeup color theory, client consultation, corrective makeup, artificial

eyelashes, safety precautions, product selection and ingredients, application of cosmetics, sanitation and disinfection of cosmetic products.


Hair Removal (75 clock hours) - (18.75 hrs Theory & 56.25 hrs Lab)                                                            

Week 39-41

Morphology of the hair, hair growth cycle, characteristics of hair growth, methods of hair removal, room preparation, client consultation, contraindications for hair removal, waxing, eyebrow tweezing, eyebrow

waxing, lip and chin waxing and body waxing.


Law, Rules & Regulations (25 clock hours) - (6.25 hrs Theory & 18.75 hrs Lab)                                         

Week 1-50

Colorado state law, rules & regulations, licensing requirement and regulations.


Management, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship (25 clock hours) - (6.25 hrs Theory & 18.75 hrs Lab)                                               

Week 1-50

Career opportunities in cosmetology, business management, life skills, professional ethics, your

professional image, salon/spa business, selling products and services, customer services, communicating

for success and human relations, career planning.


Disinfection, Sanitation & Safe Work Practices (150 clock hours) - (37.5 hrs Theory & 112.5 hrs Lab)                                                          

Week 1-50

Bacteria and other infectious agents, the treatment room, salon environment, principles and practice in

infection control, sanitation, disinfection, sterilization, and safe work practices, standards and regulations.


Total Theory & Practical Clock Hours:  1500