Cosmetology

Award: Career Studies Certificate

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 Information

    Minimum credits: 29

    Length: 3 semesters, including a summer term

    Career opportunities: 

    • Hairstylist/Cosmetologist: $23,710 - 36,060 Job growth: 10% from 2014 to 2024
    • Manicurist/Pedicurist: $22,980 - 27,110
    • Skincare Specialist: $30,090
    • *Median salaries nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

    Division: Workforce Services

    Contact:  434.797.6437

    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.

    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 semester
    COS 295 Cosmetology Theory IV 4
    COS 299 Supervised Study in Cosmetology 3
    Total 7