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    Video: Cosmetology

    Program Number: 31-502-1
    School Year: 2018-2019
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    What's the perfect path for students with a strong sense of personal style, artistic creativity and passion for working with people? Moraine Park’s Cosmetology technical diploma is a 12-month program that prepares graduates for the state Cosmetology Licensing Exam. Students begin by learning classroom theory and fundamental skill development. Then students are able to apply their skills on clients in a professional salon environment, providing hair, skin and nail services. Students also attend area beauty shows and hear guest presentations from industry artists.

    This career requires the stamina to stand for longer periods to perform salon services.  Class attendance is crucial to student success.

    Program start dates are scheduled for August and January each academic year. (Classes run Monday - Friday.)

    Students must be accepted into the program prior to enrolling in the courses. All fees must be paid prior to program start. Class size is limited to the first 20 paid students. Early enrollment is encouraged. Students are strongly encouraged to get on the waiting list, if necessary. As class space becomes available, wait-list students are offered the spots. See an academic advisor for more information.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $18,198

    Approximate Costs

    • $134.20 per credit (resident)
    • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Apply safety and sanitation procedures.
    • Adhere to the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for cosmetology.
    • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success.
    • Perform haircutting services.
    • Perform shampoo services.
    • Perform skin care services.
    • Perform texture services.
    • Perform hair color services.
    • Demonstrate hairstyling and finishing techniques.
    • Perform nail services.
    • Develop strategies to market products and services.

    Career Opportunities

    • Cosmetologist
    • Platform Artist
    • Salesperson
    • Manager
    • Instructor
    • Consultant
    • Spa Services
    • Makeup Artist
    • Skin Care

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

    Gainful Employment Data

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    Semester 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    502-304Hairstyling, Shampooing and Scalp Treatment2
    502-311Haircutting, Basic Forms2
    502-334Permanent Wave Techniques2
    502-347Hair Color and Lightening2
    890-101**College 1012
    Semester 2
    502-300Professional Practices2
    502-302Hairstyling, Basic Techniques2
    502-312Haircutting Techniques1
    502-336Chemical Services and Properties of the Hair1
    502-338Electricity and Chemistry1
    502-348Highlighting and Corrective Color1
    Semester 3
    502-309Nail Care1
    502-313Short and Trend Cuts1
    502-332Facials/Skin Structure and Its Disorders2
    502-341Salon Services 12
    Semester 4
    502-318Artificial Nails1
    502-342Salon Services 24
    502-356Laws and Rules1
    502-381Salon Operations1
    Semester 5
    502-343Salon Services 35
    502-355Anatomy and Book Final1
    801-310Occupational Communication2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements40

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Note: Students must purchase a kit for this program.


    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.