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  • Cosmetology

    Delivery: Daytime classes only.
    Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time.

    Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
     

    • Cosmetology — Associate in Applied Science Degree (68 credits)
    • Cosmetology — Diploma (52 credits)
    • Nail Care Technician - Certificate (16 credits)

About the Program

The Cosmetology program includes instruction in theory and practical application techniques of hair styling, cutting, coloring, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, and nail and skin care.

The Nail Care Technician program includes instruction in theory and practical application techniques of cleansing, shaping, polishing, massage of hands and feet, and also the application of artificial nails. Completion of either of these two programs prepares you for state written exam and certification of skills as required by Minnesota cosmetology laws and rules for licensure.

Accreditation

This program is licensed by the MN Board of Cosmetologists Examiners.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
  • Manicurists/Nail Technicians

Salary Data

Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
Average Wage: $14.12/hour
Top Earners: $23.71/hour

Manicurists/Nail Technicians
Average Wage: $11.01/hour
Top Earners: $16.41/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

Learning Outcomes

Cosmetology - AAS 68 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level hair/nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill as well as being able to analyze nail care, shampooing, conditioning, hair coloring, hair styling, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, facial treatments, applying makeup, and all areas of hair cutting based on clients’ needs and wants.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.
  • Identify and interpret Minnesota cosmetology rules and laws as well as demonstrating ethical business practices in the salon including cash handling and reporting.

Cosmetology - Diploma 52 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level hair/nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill as well as being able to analyze nail care, shampooing, conditioning, hair coloring, hair styling, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, facial treatments, applying makeup, and all areas of hair cutting based on clients’ needs and wants.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.
  • Identify and interpret Minnesota cosmetology rules and laws as well as demonstrating ethical business practices in the salon including cash handling and reporting.

Nail Care Technician - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and skill proficiency at an entry level nail technician and acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to pass the state practical and written exams.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and skill in nail care including the care of hands and feet and the application of artificial nail enhancements.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with clients.
  • Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation, as well as safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste as governed by Minnesota law and rules.

Prerequisites

Assessment score placement in RDNG 0090 or above, or completion of RDNG 0080 with a grade of C or higher.

Additional Requirements

High School diploma or GED, State Licensing Exam, and Certification of Skills are required for licensure.