School of Cosmetology

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School of Cosmetology

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About the Program

Have you always wanted to be a hair, make-up or nail artist? Are you interested in the latest sculpting, styling and coloring techniques? Do you want the flexibility to run your own business or work for a professional salon? Then our Cosmetology program is for you.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cosmetology jobs are expected to grow by 13% between 2012-2022.

A typical day on the job includes, cutting hair, coloring hair, styling hair, polishing nails, performing general skin care techniques and scheduling appointments.

Our program includes:

  • Milady techniques
  • Ethnic hair techniques
  • Hair cutting
  • Scalp care
  • Hair styling
  • Hair coloring
  • Permanent waving
  • Chemical relaxing
  • Skin care
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Sanitary and safety measures

The core curriculum is designed to prepare you to take the State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Examination. This is a Veterans Administration (VA) approved program.

Admission Policy

Students must be 16 years of age and provide proof of a high school diploma or GED®. Attend an Admissions Workshop to learn more about qualifications and getting started.

For information on the next Cosmetology Introductory Orientation, please call us at 206.934.5477.

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Course Planning

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
COS 100 Strategies for Success for Cosmetology Students 1
COS 141 Introduction to Physical Hair Design 4
COS 142 Hair Design Practicum 14.5
COS 143 CPR and First Aid 0.5
Second Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
COS 151 Introduction to Chemical Hair Design 12.5
COS 152 Hair Design Practicum II 7.5
Third Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
COS 161 Introduction to Esthetics for Cosmetology 7.5
COS 162 Introduction to Natural Nail Care 2.5
COS 163 Comprehensive Cosmetology Practicum I 10
Fourth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
COS 171 Principles of Salon/Shop Business 4.5
COS 172 Employment Skills 3
COS 173 Comprehensive Cosmetology Practicum II 6
COS 174 Comprehensive Hair and Facial Hair Design Practicum 6.5
Fifth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
COS 181 State Board Preparation 7.5
COS 182 Salon/Shop Simulation I 7
COS 183 Salon/Shop Simulation II 5.5

Five quarters, 100 credits, 1650 contact hours

Class Schedule

By the end of the Cosmetology program students should be able to:

  1. Perform all aspects of cosmetology for all types of hair and skin including haircutting, hair styling, hair coloring, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, manicuring and skincare.
  2. Perform salon business such as front desk skills, inventory and loss prevention, resume building and interviewing skills, self-marketing and the basic knowledge of starting one’s own salon business.
  3. Demonstrate customer service skills, self-growth and personal development.
  4. Engage in lifelong involvement in the community through the profession of cosmetology.
  5. Possess the necessary skills to pass the Washington State Cosmetology written and practical examination required for Certification to work in the cosmetology field.

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program’s Gainful Employment information.

Contact

Seattle Vocational Institute
2120 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144
206.934.4950 (phone)
206.934.4949 (fax)