Cosmetology

Students, who are interested in pursuing a career in the personal beauty industry, will receive instruction in personal, salon safety rules and regulations, sanitation and sterilization standards, and the proper use of equipment and implements commonly found in a salon setting. Additionally, students receive instruction in the anatomy and physiology of hair and scalp, the psychology of sales, and first aid.

The cosmetology program provides students with the necessary skills needed to pass the State Board of Cosmetology's practical and written examinations. Students have the option of enrolling in the full-time program during the day or evening on the main campus. Students will need four semesters of enrollment to earn the 1,500 clock hours required by the State Board of Cosmetology.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 16 months (Diploma)
  • Job Placement 75%
  • Average Earnings $35,175 / yr
  • Cost $6140
Gainful Employment Details

About Program

Cosmetologists focus on providing hair care services to enhance the appearance of their clientele. Other personal appearance workers, such as manicurists and pedicurists, shampoo technicians, and skin care specialists, provide specialized beauty services that help client’s look and feel their best.  A number of cosmetologist offer specialized services, such as natural hair care, hair color, texture, cutting, skin care and nail care.

In addition to working with clients, cosmetologist keeps records of hair color or skin care regimens used by their regular clients. A growing number of cosmetologists actively sell hair, skin, and nail care products. Barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers who operate their own salons have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

Classroom and laboratory learning experiences in the program focus on the basic skills required for state board licensing.  The students are introduced to other areas of specialized training such as Salon trainer, distributive sales consultant, cosmetology instructor, salon management and or owner.

Job Expectations

Cosmetologists work a 40-hour week but longer hours are common, especially for self-employed workers.   Work schedules may include evenings and weekends and other times that salons are the busiest and, in many cases, cosmetologists are allowed to design their own work schedule.

Work conditions for cosmetologist are clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and ventilation.  Many cosmetologists work in salons but some may work in a hotel, resort or for a cruise line.   Good health and stamina are important, because cosmetologists are on their feet for most of their shift.   Safety procedures must be observed at all times while performing salon services.

Tennessee requires that cosmetologist be licensed by the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology.  To qualify for a license, job seekers are required to graduate for a state-licensed school and receive certified hours from their Instructor. 

Expected Earnings

Earning as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2010 - 2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
      Median    
Hourly Wage $7.86 $8.81 $10.94 $14.66 $19.97
Annual Wage $16,350 $18,320 $22,760 $30,490 $41,450

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 40 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Spring 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Summer 7:45am – 2:45pm 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday – Friday
Fall 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday

Tools

The Cosmetology kit must be purchased from the Chattanooga State bookstore
Quantity Description
1 Cosmetology Kit (must be purchased from the Chattanooga State Bookstore)

Cost

4 semesters – 1,500 clock hours -*Tuition will increase every fall semester
*Fall 450 hours $1,235.00
Spring 450 hours $1,235.00
Summer 390 hours $1,235.00
*Fall 450 hours $1,235.00
Tools (estimate) $ 995.00
Books (estimate) $ 300.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Books

Textbook bundles are available at the Chattanooga State Bookstore.

Milady’s Standard Cosmetology Bundle - ISBN-13:978-1-4180-4935-5
Copyright 08 | Publisher:  Cengage Learning

*Students are required to wear a uniform (black scrubs) each day.

Curriculum

Orientation:

  • History and Career Opportunities
  • Life Skills
  • Your Professional Image
  • Communicating for Success

General Sciences:

  • Infection Control: Principles and Practice
  • General Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skin Structure and Growth
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Properties of hair and scalp
  • Basics of Chemistry
  • Basics of Electricity

Hair Care:

  • Principles of Hair Design
  • Shampooing Rinsing and Conditioning
  • Hair Cutting
  • Hair Styling
  • Braiding and Braid Extensions
  • Wigs and Hair Enhancements
  • Chemical Texture Services
  • Hair Coloring

Skin Care:

  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Hair Removal
  • Facials
  • Facial Makeup

Nail Care:

  • Nail Diseases and Disorders
  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Nail Tips, Wraps and No light Gels
  • Acrylic Methacrylate
  • UV Gels

Career Opportunities

Salon or Day Spa owner
Chemist
Manufacturer’s Representative
Product Distributor
Platform Artist
Salesperson or Sales Manager
Cosmetology Writer or Editor
Travel Industry
Educator
State Licensing Inspector or Examiner
State Board Member
Researcher