Cosmetology

This program prepares students for entry-level work in the personal services industry. Graduates are prepared to sit for the state board exam in cosmetology, after which they may work as a hairstylist, beautician, or nail technician in a salon setting, or start their own businesses.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of hair & skin care.
  • Understand manicuring and pedicuring.
  • Be prepared to gain a cosmetology license.
  • Understand salon management.


Program Information

Minimum credits: 29

Length: 3 semesters, including a summer term

Career opportunities: 

  • Hairstylist/Cosmetologist: $23,710 - 36,060
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist: $22,980 - 27,110
  • Skincare Specialist: $30,090
  • *Median salaries nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

Job growth: 10% from 2014 to 2024

Division: Workforce Services

Contact: 434.797.8430

Course Sequence 

 

 

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
COS 081 Cosmetology Theory I 4 0 4 4
COS 190 Coordinated Internship 4 10 14 4
COS 196 On-Site Training 4 20 24 4
  12 30 42 12
Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
COS 082 Cosmetology Theory II 5 0 5 5
COS 290 Coordinated Internship 4 15 19 4
COS 198 Seminar and Project 3 10 13 3
  12 25 37 12
Third Semester (Summer) Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
COS 296 On-Site Training 5 15 20 5
  5 15 20 5