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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.

Graduates Employed or Continuing Education Five-Year Average


Idaho Median Income


National Median Income


Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 20 students each semester
  • Program has a mandatory summer session

Degree Options

Cosmetology Advanced Technical Certificate (1.5 years)

Nail Technology Basic Technical Certificate (.5 year)

  • Summer early 8 Weeks
  • *Must hold current Idaho Cosmetology License

Cosmetology Instructor Training (14 Semester Hours)

  • Candidates assume instructional and management responsibilities in supervised settings, including lesson planning, audio visual aid preparation, theory instruction, practical demonstration, testing and evaluation, and clinic floor supervision.
  • *Must hold current Idaho Cosmetology License

Career Opportunities

  • Salon ownership
  • Barbering
  • Beauty salons and spas
  • Retails/sales
  • Platform artists for companies
  • Makeup artists
  • Teaching as a State licensed Instructor

Minimum Test Scores

SAT English: 360 Math: 360
ACT English: 14 Math: 12
ALEKS   Math: 14

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