College of Technology

Cosmetology

Program Description

Cosmetologists perform a variety of beauty services which cover all phases of the beauty culture such as manicuring, shampooing, hair styling, make-up application, temporary and permanent hair waving, hair straightening, bleaching and tinting, and various skin and scalp treatments. Cosmetologists often specialize in any one or more of these services. The art of hairstyling is no longer the major activity in the cosmetology industry. It has grown to be an increasingly complex and artistic profession. Strong human relations skills and the ability to communicate with people are of major importance.

Aptitudes and Interests: Good hand, finger and eye dexterity combined with artistic and creative skills enhance the ability to succeed in this field. Communication and human relation skills are also invaluable.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 40 students each year
  • The nail technology option is only offered in the summer
  • Program has a mandatory summer session

Degree Options

  • Nail TechnologyPostsecondary Technical Certificate(.5 year)
  • Cosmetology Advanced Technical Certificate (1.5 years)

Career Opportunities

  • Salon ownership
  • Beauty salons and spas
  • Retails/sales
  • Platform artists for companies
  • Makeup artists

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Gainful Employment

Program Information
Admissions Information: Click Here
CIP Code: 120401

Cost of Attendance
Certificate: Postsecondary Technical Certificate - Nail Technology
Tuition and Fees: $1,542.50*
Books and Supplies: $636.00
Room and Board $715.50**
Total: $2,894.00**
Certificate: Technical Certificate - Cosmetology
Tuition and Fees: $10,742.50*
Books and Supplies: $1,875.00
Room and Board $5,008.50**
Total: $17,626.00**

Completion Time
Certificate: Postsecondary Technical Certificate - Nail Technology
Normal Program Length: 0.5 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 8
Number Completed in Normal Time: NR
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): 63%
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): 100%
Certificate: Technical Certificate - Cosmetology
Normal Program Length: 3.5 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 23
Number Completed in Normal Time: 21
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): 48%
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): 91%

Employment Information
Jobs Related to These Programs
Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.
Placement Rate: 86***

Median Debt
Loan Amount:$4,694.00

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.