Cosmetology

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Program Overview

Cosmetology is a glamorous, practical and immediately applicable technical program designed to teach the art of cosmetics for the skin, hair and nails as well as the proper application of products. Because the cosmetology field involves many different areas, you will be exposed to a wide variety of situations, including manicuring, facial massages, scalp treatments, permanent waving, hair tinting and bleaching and business salesmanship to name a few. Northwest Tech’s curriculum is directly related to the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology laws and licensing. And as styles, fashions, new regulations, and hour requirements change, our curriculum is continually updated.

In the first two months of the cosmetology program, the instructors will introduce you to various subjects and techniques through lecture, textbook material and demonstrations. During the remaining 1180 hours, or seven months of your program, you will perform practical services for customers and perfect your skills. You’ll gain practical experience working with the public in actual job situations. As well as hands-on experience in receptionist desk management, appointment scheduling, student and mannequin practice, daily customer appointments, dispensary procedures, and proper use of equipment. You keep a daily record of the number and type of services you provide, and this progress record will be submitted to the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology at the conclusion of the program as the official report of hours and services.

Nail Technician
The Nail Technician program is an 11-credit hour program, requiring 350 clock hours for certification. The nail coursework is offered as part of the cosmetology curriculum, but is also offered as a separate certificate of completion for those that only want or need certification as a Nail Technician.

 

  • Apply the theory of Cosmetology to specific clients using critical thinking/reasoning.
  • Analyze the hair, scalp, and facial shape.
  • Perform various haircuts.
  • Demonstrate proper permanent waving procedures.
  • Perform various color applications.
  • Demonstrate hairstyling techniques.
  • Perform facials, makeup, and facial hair removal.
  • Perform proper manicuring and artificial nail procedures.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills.
  • Operate basic computer programs.
  • Construct a resume.

Christa Bergsma
Cosmetology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1556
Email: christa.bergsma@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books, supplies, iPads, clothing and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

In order to obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology in the state of Kansas, students must finish the required training, and then you are required to pass a licensing exam issued by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Kansas cosmetology license shortly thereafter and be able to work in the state of Kansas. Keep in mind, even though Kansas may not require continuing education to renew licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Kansas annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the KS Board of Cosmetology directly for more information.

Kansas State Board of Cosmetology
714 S.W. Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66617-1139
Phone Number: 785-296-3155
Fax Number: 785-296-3002
E-mail Address: kboc@kboc.ks.gov

Program Length

10 Months
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$22,500 per year

Cosmetology Course Outline

Download a PDF version of the Cosmetology course outline here.

Nail Technician Course Outline

Download a PDF version of the Nail Technician course outline here.

  • Emily Simon
  • Katelyn Murray
  • Page Ely
  • Makayla Hornung
  • Cienna Brannick
  • T-Aera Abbott
  • Samantha Lindberg
  • Tammi Vanderford
  • Summer Wagoner
  • Katy Grinnan
  • Mary Kate Grinnan
  • Kayleigh Jones

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Cosmetology program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with admission@nwktc.edu.