Cosmetology (COS) is a 60 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory.  Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses.  Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. The program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to cut, trim, and style scalp, facial, and body hair, apply cosmetic preparations, perform manicures and pedicures, massage the head and extremities, and prepare for employment as a licensed cosmetologist.


  • Certificate
    • Cosmetology

  • Short Term Certificate
    • Fundamentals of Chemical Services
    • Fundamentals of Cosmetology
    • Salon Management and Technology
    • Spa Techniques

Industry Certification
National Career Readiness Credential

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12
Certificate of Completion 4 semesters 60

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
COS111 Introduction to Cosmetology 3
COS112 Introduction to Cosmetology Lab 3
COS113 Theory of Chemical Services 3
COS114 Chemical Services Lab 3
COS115 Hair Coloring Theory 3
COS116 Hair Coloring Lab 3
COS117 Basic Spa Technique 3
COS118 Basic Spa Techniques Lab 3
COS125 Career & Personal Development 3
COS133 Salon Management Technology 3
COS142 Applied Chemistry/Cosmetology Lab 3
COS143 Specialty Hair Prep Techniques 3
COS144 Hair Shaping and Design 3
COS145 Hair Shaping Lab 3
COS151 Nail Care 3
COS158 Employability Skills 3
COS167 State Board Review 3
COS181 Special Topics 3
COS182 Special Topics 3

Required Academic Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
COS123 Cosmetology Salon Practices 3
COS152 Nail Care Applications 3

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

Ms. DeQuandolyn Sims, Instructor
Tutwiler Instructional Service Center

This is a “Live Work” program.

Occupational Data*

Physical stamina is important for cosmetologists as they are on their feet all day. Most work in shops or salons, many have a large and loyal client base. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, continuing demand for personal care services will result in new jobs nationwide. Employment is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook