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

  Credits
COS 081 Cosmetology Theory I 4
COS 082 Cosmetology Theory II 5
COS 198 Cosmetology Seminar & Project 3
Total 12
Second semester  
COS 195 Cosmetology Theory III 4
COS 298 Projects in Cosmetology 3
COS 199 Supervised Study in Cosmetology 3
Total 10
Third/Summer Session  
COS 295Cosmetology Theory IV 4
COS 299 Supervised Study in Cosmetology 3
Total 7