Cosmetology Program

COURSE OUTLINE – COSMETOLOGY (SOC 39-5012, CIP # 12.0401) (1,600 HOURS)

The curriculum for students enrolled in a Cosmetology course shall consist of sixteen hundred (1,600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices constituting the art of cosmetology pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act. Technical instruction means instruction given by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or mannequin. Instruction will be taught in English. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:

SUBJECTSMinimum Technical Instructional HoursMinimum Practical Operations

1.     Hairdressing 

Hairstyling shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Hair analysis, shampooing, finger waving, pin curling, comb outs, straightening, waving, curling with hot combs and hot curling irons and blower styling.


Permanent Waving and Chemical Straightening shall Include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Hair analysis, acid and alkaline permanent waving, chemical straightening including the use of sodium hydroxide and other base solutions.


Hair Coloring and Bleaching shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures (also including, the use of semi-permanent, demi-permanent and temporary colors): Hair analysis, predisposition and strand tests, safety precautions, formula mixing, tinting, bleaching, high and low lights, and the use of dye removers.


Hair Cutting shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Use of scissors, razor (shaper), electrical clippers/trimmers, and thinning (tapering) shears for wet and dry cutting.


2.     Health and Safety

Laws and Regulations shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board's Rules and Regulations.


Health and Safety shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Cosmetology chemistry including the chemical composition and purpose of cosmetic, nail, hair and skin care preparations. Elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels and chemical and physical changes of matter. Hazardous substances including training in chemicals and health in establishments, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, ergonomics, theory of electricity in cosmetology, bacteriology, communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and staph and Material Safety Data Sheets.


Disinfection and Sanitation shall include, but is not limited to the following techniques and procedures: Disinfection and sanitation including proper procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician. Proper disinfection procedures for equipment used in establishments.


Anatomy and Physiology shall include, but is not limited to the following issues: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology


3.     Esthetics

Manual, electrical and chemical facials shall include, but is not limited to the following techniques and procedures: Manual Facials including cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs, and masks. Electrical Facials include the use of electrical modalities, dermal lights and electrical apparatus, for facials and skin care purposes; however, machines capable of producing an electrical current shall not be used to stimulate so as to contract, or for the purpose of contracting, the muscles of the body or face. Chemical Facials include chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs. Training shall emphasize that only the non-living, uppermost layers of facial skin, known as the epidermis, may be removed, and only for the purpose of beautification. All practical operations must be performed in accordance with Section 992 regarding skin peeling.


Eyebrow Beautification shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal, including the use of wax, tweezers, electric or manual, and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair.


Makeup shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: skin analysis, complete and corrective makeup, lash and brow tinting, and the application of false eyelashes.


4.     Manicuring and Pedicuring 

Manicuring and Pedicuring shall include, but are not limited to, the following issues: Water and oil manicure, including nail analysis, and hand/foot and arm/ankle massage


Artificial nails shall include, but are not limited to, the following issues: Including acrylic: liquid and powder brush-ons, artificial nail tips and nail wraps and repairs.


Additional Training shall include the following subjects: Salon management including retail sales, record keeping, client service record cards, basic tax information relating to booth renters, independent contractors, employees, and employers. Communications skills including professional ethics and decorum and any additional subjects deemed of practical value such as résumé writing and job interviewing techniques



SKILLS TO BE DEVELOPED: Learn the proper use of implements relative to all cosmetology services. Acquire the knowledge of analyzing the scalp, face, and hands prior to all services to determine any disorders. You will learn the procedures and terminology used in performing all cosmetology services, learn the application of daytime and evening make-up to include the application of individual and strip eyelashes, learn the proper procedure of manicuring to include water and oil manicure and pedicure, learn the application of brush-on nails, nail wraps, and nail tips.

ATTITUDES AND APPRECIATION'S TO BE DEVELOPED: Be able to appreciate good workmanship common to cosmetology, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealings with patrons and colleagues.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Once the student has completed their program’s required clock hours, and completed the required theory hours and practical operations with a minimum grade average of 70%, he or she is awarded a diploma certifying his or her graduation from the school.


Qualifications to take the Board of Barbering Cosmetology (Board Exams):

GRADING SYSTEM Students are evaluated on a regular basis on theory, practical and clinical work. The evaluations are measured on a standard percentile basis and the percentage equated to a letter grade. At the end of each evaluation period, each student will meet with an instructor to be given their Satisfactory Academic Progress Evaluation results. Student will then acknowledge results by student signature on Satisfactory Academic Progress Evaluation form and copies maintained in their student file. This evaluation form reflects the overall Attendance and Academic progress of the student. Students must maintain a "C" (70%) average to maintain satisfactory academic status. The system detailed below is the system utilized in the school.

90% - 100%A.....Excellent
70-100 POINTS= Satisfactory

80% - 89%


0- 69 POINTS

= Unsatisfactory

70% - 79%


0% - 69%


BOOKS: Milady Standard Cosmetology Textbook, Theory Workbook, and Exam Review

Cosmetology Student Kit:

1 Milady Workbook, Textbook, Exam Review
1 Peanut/Clipper Set
1 Flat Iron
2 Cushion Brush
1 Tint Kit
1 Mannequin Head
1 Mannequin Head w/Stand
1 Mirror
1 Clipper Comb
1 Blowdryer
2 Curling Iron
1 Pkg. Styling Comb
1 Extractor
1 Tweezer
1 Box Latex Gloves
1 Mannequin Hand
1 Styling Cape
1 Shampoo Cape
1 Spray Bottle
1 Duckbill Clips
1 Carrying Case
1 Double Prong Clips
1 Nail Kit
1 Box End Wraps
1 Butterfly Clip
2 Styling Brushes
3 Thermal Brushes
1 Hair Shaper w/Blades
1 Shark Scissor Set
3 Misc. Combs
1 Comb Set
2 Set Uniform
1 Pkg. Rat Tail Comb

Once the kit items have been issued to the student, they become the responsibility of the student. Kit supplies may vary due to manufacturer availability.



La Quinta Campus - Main Campus

79450 Highway 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
Tel: (760) 772-5950
Fax: (760) 772-1295

Hemet Campus- Branch Location

3643 W. Florida Ave.
Hemet, CA 92545
Tel: (951) 769-0675
Fax: (951) 769-0803


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