SOC Code: 39-5012 CIP CODE: 12.0401

1200 Clock Hours


The Cosmetology program of study is designed to provide the students with the skills to beautify the hair, through styling, coloring, cutting, permanent waving, etc. This also includes beautifying of the skin, hands and feet.


To prepare students effectively to pass the State Board examination and enter into the field of Cosmetology.


Proof of High School Diploma or GED is required.

Student must be at least 16 years of age to take the State Board Examination for Cosmetology.

The curriculum is based on as many hours of theory and practical instruction as each subject requires in order for the student to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills. It also includes the designated hours for certified experience and the minimum services necessary to acquire the skills and the experience to perform a professional service.

Cosmetology Classes offered are bilingual (English/Spanish).


Total Hours and Services 12001600
COS-00-01Orientation and Professional Ethics16
COS-00-02Florida Cosmetology Laws 4
COS-00-03Bacteriology, Sanitation, H.I.V. / A.I.D.S.nCertification4010
COS-00-04Basic Chemistry 10
COS-00-05The Hair and its Disorders 18
COS-00-06Draping 15100
COS-00-07Shampoo and Rinsing 25100
COS-00-08Scalp and Hair Treatments 2550
COS-00-09Hair Design 300350
COS-00-10Artistry in Hairstyling300350
COS-00-11Permanent Waving 110200
COS-00-12Hair Straightening 5050
COS-00-13Hair Coloring 140250
COS-00-14Skin Care 7575
COS-00-15Manicure, Pedicure & Nail Extension 4040
COS-00-16Successful Salon Management2525
COS-00-17Employment Skills 7

Cosmetology Program Course Descriptions

The course numbering system reflects the program and level of courses. Acronyms are used to iden­tify the program while the numbering system reflects the level of program. For Example, INS-00-01 is Instructor Training (INS) 00-01 level of course.


Student will learn guidelines to maintain a healthy body and mind, list the qualities of effective physical presentation, define personality, list the qualities of effective communication, understand good human relations and a professional attitude and define professional ethics.


Students will learn about Florida laws.


The student will be able to list the various types and classifications of bacteria, describe how bacteria grow and reproduce, describe the relationship of bacteria to the spread of disease, define AIDS and provide brief overview of AIDS.


The students will be able to define organic and inorganic chemistry and know the differences between them, discuss the types matter, describe the composition of elements, compounds, and mixtures, describe the properties of matter, elements, compounds, and mixtures, define acids and alkalis and know the differences between them, describe the chemistry of water, describe the classification of shampoos and types of conditioners, describe composition of hair before, during, and after permanent wave and chemical hair relax, describe the composition of hair before, during and after hair coloring, describe the physical and chemical classifications of cosmetics, discuss the basic chemistry, types, and action of professional products.


The students will be able to define the purposes of hair, what hair is, describe the composition of hair, demonstrate the sectioning of hair, describe the process of hair growth, define various layers of hair, understand the causes of hair loss, gain knowledge of hair loss treatment options, recognize the scalp and hair disorders commonly seen in the salon, and what treatments to use.


Students will learn draping for wet hair services, chemical services and dry hair services.


Gain knowledge on good hygienic care of the hair and scalp, identify when, why, and how to brush hair, demonstrate procedures for shampoo manipulations, understand the meaning of PH levels in shampoos, identify the various types of shampoos and types of rinses.


Gain knowledge on how to treat normal, dry and oily scalps and apply corrective hair treatments.


The student will be able to describe why professional haircutting is the foundation for hair design in the salon, conduct a scalp and hair analysis, explain the difference between a stationary guide and a traveling guide, define low elevation, high elevation, reverse elevation, and blended elevation. Gain skills on how to cut very curly hair.


Students will be able to describe the elements of good design, the art principles in hair design, list and analyze the different facial types, demonstrate how to camouflage facial flaws with hair design.


Students will be able to define permanent waving, identify the chemistry of products used in permanent waving, describe the relationship between hair structure, perm chemistry, and perming techniques, demonstrate a client consultation and hair analysis, proper rod selection and sectioning parting, and wrapping procedures, list safety precautions required for permanent waving, and demonstrate proper perming procedures.


Students will be able to understand the purpose served by hair pressing, how to analyze the client’s hair and scalp condition prior to a hair pressing, list the products required for a successful hair pressing, demonstrate the procedures involved in both soft pressing and hard pressing, and list the safety precautions that must be observed in hair pressing.


Students will be able to describe the correct procedure for a client consultation, explain the principles of color theory, and relate their importance to hair coloring, list the classifications of hair color, explain their activity on the hair, and give examples of their use. Explain the activity of hydrogen peroxide in hair coloring, define single-and double-process applications, explain the types and use of hair lighteners, list preventative and corrective steps to avoid or solve hair coloring problems, list the safety precautions to follow during hair color procedures.


Students are to describe the beneficial effects of a facial, list the materials and equipment required for facial treatments, demonstrate basic procedure for a facial, demonstrate the required or optional manipulations for a facial, identify the various types of corrective facials given in the beauty salon, describe packs and masks and their possible ingredients, describe materials and procedures for various facial masks and identify reasons a client might find fault with a facial treatment.


Students are to list the abilities of a good manicurist, identify the four natural nail shapes, demonstrate the proper procedure and sanitary and safety precautions for a manicure, demonstrate massage techniques used when giving a manicure, define and demonstrate the different types of manicures, explain and demonstrate advanced nail techniques and demonstrate the procedure for a pedicure.


Students will list some facts you need before opening a beauty salon, discuss financial considerations involved in operating a beauty salon, explain the importance of maintaining accurate business records, explain the importance of good business operation and personnel management, discuss the principles and practices of good selling and explain the importance of advertising.


Students will learn how to prepare a resume, apply for a position as a specialist, and learn interviewing techniques and the importance of proper attire.

Program Information

Tuition and FeesCosmetology ProgramTimeframe
Total Tuition$14,800.00
Tuition$13,000.001200 Clock Hours
Registration fee$100.00 (non-refundable)48 Weeks/12 Months Full Time
Lab fee$1,700.00 (non-refundable)60 Weeks/15 Months Part Time

A Clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of supervised instruction and a ten minutes break.

Tuition and fee are subject to change without prior notification*

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 1,200 hours of theory, practice and clinical services .
  2. Completion of the minimum amount of services required by the program, as specified in the curriculum.
  3. Passing a final theory and written clinical test with 75 % (C) or higher.
  4. Meeting all financial obligations to the School or signing a financial agreement with the School, which both the School and the student deem fair and reasonable.


Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all requirements for graduation.

Method of Payment

Students with a Payment Plan established by the Financial Aid Department are encouraged to make at least a minimum payment of $100.00 monthly. Total Payment Plan must be paid in full before the student begins their final course (example: Nursing NCLEX Review course). Review Award letter for details about your payment plan. I understand that I am personally responsible for all tuition, fees and other charges arising from and during my enrollment at Universal Career School.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Board Examination

The graduate will submit a completed application to the State Board of Cosmetology, certified by the school.  The Department of Business and Professional Regulations will issue the License after satisfactorily passing the Cosmetology State Board examination.  Graduate must be a minimum of 16 years of age to take the State Board Examination for the Cosmetology.

It is necessary to submit the following to apply for the State Board Examination:

  1.    Application Form (fully completed and signed)
  2.    Money /Gainful/Cosmetology/Gedt.htmlorder for $63.50 payable to DBPR, $25.00 to pay HIV/AIDS certification.
  3.    1 photograph

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