Cosmetologist, Hair Stylist, Hair Colorist, Manicurist, Pedicurist, Nail Tech, Skin Care Specialist, Spa or Salon Owner, or any position where the individual would render services, including hair care, skin care or manicuring services.

The 1500 clock hour Cosmetology Course is designed to train the student in the basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, proper work habits, business skills, and attitudes necessary to obtain licensure and for competency in job entry-level positions in Cosmetology or a related career field.

The objective of the Cosmetology course is to prepare the student for a successful and rewarding career as a licensed cosmetologist. As a result of the 1500 clock hours of theory and practical training, the student should gain the knowledge, skills, and ability to competently:
1. Pass the state licensing exam
2. Protect the health and safety of the customer
3. Solve the consumer's hair, nail, and/or skin problems
4. Exhibit artistic ability in hair design
5. Recognize the need for and be motivated to keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques
6. Manage finances and client base successfully

Students are given access to reference textbooks, current magazines pertaining to programs, and audio/visual aids in the schools media area. They also have access to the internet where they can obtain information needed in order to fulfill the course requirements, under guided instruction.

Academic and learning methods used during the program are the standard methods of outlining the text, study guide preparation for tests, feedback, demonstrations, DVD presentations, and hands on experience. Table conversations, problem solving tasks, projects, competitions, guest speakers and interaction through technology with Miady's Mindtap are also utilized.

The qualitative element used to determine academic progress is a reasonable system of grades as determined by assigned academic learning. Students are assigned academic learning and a minimum number of practical experiences. Academic learning is evaluated after each unit of study. Practical assignments are evaluated as completed and counted toward course completion only when rated as satisfactory or better. If the performance does not meet satisfactory requirements, it is not counted and the performance must be repeated. The students are given written and practical exams at 350, 700, 1050 clock hours and final exam. Practical skills are evaluated according to text procedures and State guidelines and set forth in practical skills evaluation criteria adopted by the school. Students must meet with their Instructor to arrange to make up failed or missed tests and incomplete assignments.

All exams are graded on the following scale:
94-100 Exceptional
87-93 Acceptable
80-86 Satisfactory
79-0 Unsatisfactory


Sanitation: 90 Theory, 40 Practical, 130 Total
Sanitation/patron protection, laws and rules, personal hygiene, salon management, mechanical and electrical equipment safety

Facials: 35 Theory, 80 Practical, 115 Total
Skin analysis and care, manipulation, massage, electricity removal of hair by the use of wax, tweezers, or depilatories, makeup and eyebrow arch

Hairdressing: 125 Theory, 400 Practical, 525 Total
Arranging, cutting, dressing, curling, pressing, artificial hair and finger waving, natural hair cultivation

Scalp and Hair Treatments: 10 Theory, 15 Practical, 25 Total

Haircoloring: 40 Theory, 170 Practical, 210 Total
Temporary, semi-permanent, permanent, bleaching and dimensional coloring, color mixing

Chemical Hair Restructuring: 40 Theory, 180 Practical, 220 Total
Permanent waving, straightening and relaxing

Applied Chemistry: 20 Theory, 10 Practical, 30 Total
Occupational safety and health administration as related to skin, hair, nails & scalp

Applied Anatomy: 45 Theory, 0 Practical, 45 Total

Manicuring/Pedicuring: 15 Theory, 55 Practical, 70 Total

Artificial Nails: 5 Theory, 15 Practical, 20 Total

Unassigned Hours (Instructor discretion): 110 Total

Totals: 425 Theory, 965 Practical, 110 Unassigned, 1500 Total Hours

The above hour requirements must be met by each student in each category in order for the earned hours to be accepted by the Michigan State Board of Cosmetology for examination. The portion of unassigned hours is to be applied as needed in curriculum related areas to strengthen student performance; supervised field trips; or other related training.

Full Time: Mon-Thurs 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday 9:00am-3:00pm (33hours per week)*
(48 weeks to complete)**
Full Time: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm (27.5 hours per week)
(56.25 weeks to complete)**

* All Juniors will be scheduled for 9-3 Mon-Fri for the first 350 hours of the program.

** Times to complete are based on scheduled hours.

Schedules may be arranged at the time of registration.
TWO LOCATIONS: Coldwater, MI 1-877-772-2355 & Jackson, MI 517-782-8700
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The Salon Academy (Coldwater) - 440 Marshall St - Coldwater, MI 49036, USA - 517-279-2355
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We service Coldwater, Hillsdale, Jackson, Sturgis, Albion, Battle Creek, Portage, Kalamazoo,
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