Program of Study:  Cosmetology

CIP Code: 12.0401


The cosmetology Program is designed to teach students to develop pride in their personal appearance and prepare them to become skilled Cosmetologists. Included in the instruction is the proper care of hair, scalp, skin, and nails. The major objective of the program is to prepare students for license to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The cosmetology course is a three year course which involves a minimum of 1250 hours of instruction and practice. Since the hours are mandated by the state board, attendance is extremely important. Students are eligible to take the State Board exam once they reach their 1250 hours.

A student in cosmetology will learn about hair, skin and nail structure; basic anatomy and basic chemistry. These studies will enable students to better understand how to work effectively on clients. Current and accepted practices for sanitation and disinfection are also covered. Students will learn how to cut, style, color, permanent wave, and chemically relax hair and also practice these skills in the student clinic. The clinic operates by appointment only and the public is welcome.

This program offers high school students the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and license in Cosmetology for which others have to pay private school tuition after graduation to obtain.

State Board of Cosmetology

Visit the site to contact the State Board of Cosmetology

www.dos.state.pa.us or reach them by mail:

Department of State

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

P.O. Box 2649

Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Phone: (717) 783-7192

Fax: (717) 783-0510

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