Level 1 and 2: 3 credits per level, per year

The two-year Cosmetology program provides an overview of the Cosmetology field and the opportunity to earn the state Cosmetology license.

Cosmetology I
Students learn how to care for hair, skin and nails. Topics include basic hygiene, sanitation, styling, facials, makeup, manicure and pedicure, personal grooming, and fashion. The course also includes topics on the anatomy of the head, face, neck and arms. In a laboratory setting, students learn skills in hair styling and cutting, permanent waving, hair coloring, scalp and facial treatment, and manicures with an emphasis on safety, sanitation, professional ethics, and quality work. In addition, students operate a full-service salon that provides experience working with customers.

Cosmetology II
The Cosmetology program is offered to students in grades 11 and 12 who have completed Cosmetology I. Students use a laboratory setting for the study of skin, hair, nails, and cosmetic chemistry. Through practice, students achieve fundamental skills in all phases of beauty culture. Students operate a full-service salon with the emphasis on safety, sanitation, professional ethics and quality work. Students must meet the state's mandatory hourly requirement. Students completing Cosmetology 2 and meeting the required competencies may take the Virginia Cosmetology exam to qualify as a licensed cosmetologist. Passing the exam is an excellent opportunity for a variety of employment options in the cosmetology field. 

Program Features

  • SkillsUSA recognized Model of Excellence for Service


  • Licensed Cosmetologist, Nail Technician (Virginia State Board)

Student Career Pathway Examples

The study of Cosmetology with additional post-secondary training or study may lead to these careers:

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Industry Connections & Program Partnerships

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