Course Description

Cosmetology is a two-year program designed for students who desire to become a licensed professional. The first year will introduce students to the basic curriculum for Cosmetology and allows students to acquire theory, lab, and clinic hours towards the hair licensure program. Year two in the Cosmetology program contains curriculum and hours required for students to qualify to take the State Board of Cosmetology exam.


Level I ~ Lab 2 credits ~ Related 1 credit

  • Care of hair (styling, cutting, permanent waving), and hair composition
  • Dispensary (proper use of chemicals; scientific lectures pertaining to cosmetology, hygiene, and physiology anatomy)
  • Care of scalp (shampoos & rinses)


Level II ~ Lab 2 credits ~ Related 1 credit

  • Guidance in personality development
  • Attitude and practice toward entry level skills in a salon style environment
  • Hair care
  • Hair color
  • Care of hands/face/feet
  • Theory and technical review before applying to take the State Board examinatio

Summer (Optional):

Summer ~ Lab 2 credits ~ Related 1 credit

  • Client interaction
  • Business skills
  • Positive personal skills
  • Manicures, Pedicures
  • Facials
  • Hair removal
  • Make up

Courses Required

  • Math
  • English
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry or Anatomy Physiology)

Program Completion Incentives

  • Career Passport with demonstrated skills.
  • Once a student has completed the required hours and has mailed in the application forms to take the exam, that student may be granted a work permit to be employed in a salon during afternoon lab hours even before graduation.
  • During the senior year, students will test for the State Board of Cosmetology Exam – those passing will receive their Cosmetology license.
MCC Cosmetology
Skills USA - Champions At Work

As a Cosmetology student, you will be a member of the SkillsUSA organization. SkillsUSA is a student-oriented organization designed to expand your citizenship, leadership, teamwork, and employability skills. As a member, you will be encouraged to participate in competitive events at the local, district, state, and national levels in both leadership and occupational skills.

In addition to SkillsUSA at Millstream Career Center, you may participate in many student activities at your home school such as music, sports, and club activities.

Career Opportunities

  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Owner or Manager of a Salon
  • Product Sales
  • Supply House Owner, Manager, or Employer
  • Company Representative or Technician
  • Platform Artist
  • Desairologist (Funeral Home Stylist)
  • Nail Technician

Career-Based Opportunities

Students in the Cosmetology program have the opportunity to work on actual clients during the lab time in the on-site Reflections Salon located at Millstream. Any student completing 1,200 or 1,500 hours and passing the exam given by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology will be licensed to practice in any salon in the state of Ohio and can become employed immediately.

Salary Information

Hair dressers typically are hired as a base salary plus commission, a straight commission, or a booth rental self-employed employee. The majority are self-employed and many work part-time.

Nationally, Hairdressers make an average wage of $11.89, which translates to $24,730 a year. The best-paid earn approximately $50,110, while the lowest-paid make about $17,980.

The Ohio median wage is $10.73 per hour plus tips. 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018