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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 seperate certificate of completion for those that only want or need certification as a Nail Technician.

Learning Outcomes
Cosmetology Course Outline
Nail Technician Course Outline
Cost Info
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Program Length

10 Months


Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary
$22,500 per year
Advisory Committee
  • Carol Lennington
    Shear Dimensions
  • Emily Simon
    Goodland, KS
  • Katelyn Murray
    Burlington, CO
  • Crystal DeVaughn
    Beauty for Life
  • Page Ely
    All About You Salon & Spa
  • Makayla Hornung
    14th Street Parlour
  • Kayleigh Jones
    Kayleigh’s Cuts
  • Christina Sturgeon
    Designs by Dawn