Cosmetology » Program Syllabus and Recommendations

Program Syllabus and Recommendations

Curriculum & Program Agreements:

Upon completion of the course requirements, the determined graduate will be able to:

  • Project a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self-confidence.
  • Practice effective communication skills and visual poise.
  • Respect the need to deliver worthy service for value received in an employer-employee relationship.
  • Perform basic manipulative skills in the area of hairstyling, hair shaping, hair coloring, and texture services.
  • Perform the basic analytical skills to determine proper hairstyle and makeup color application for the client's overall image.
  • Apply learned theory, technical information, and related matter to assure sound judgments, decisions, and procedures.

To ensure continued career success, the graduate will continue to learn new and current information related to skills, trends, and methods for career development in cosmetology and related fields.

Course Outline:

The clock-hour education is provided through a sequential set of learning steps that address specific tasks necessary for state board preparations, graduation, and entry-level job skills.  Clinic equipment, implements and products are comparable to those used in the industry. Each student will receive instruction that relates to the performance of useful, creative, and productive career-oriented activities.  The course is presented through comprehensive lesson plans that reflect effective educational methods. Subjects are presented by means of lecture, demonstration, and student participation. Audiovisual aids, guest speakers, field trips, projects, activities and other related methods are used in the course. Spring break sessions and a summer session (between junior and senior year) are part of the 1500 clock hours; there are optional Saturday hours available for those who want to make use of that.
Each licensed cosmetology school shall provide a program consisting of a minimum of 1500 clock hours or a 50 credit hour equivalency (1 credit hour equals 30 clock hours) of instruction as follows:
  • Basic Training – 150 hours of classroom instruction in general theory and practical application shall be provided and will include a minimum of the following subject areas:
    • Tools and their use
    • Shampoo
    • Understanding chemicals and use
    • Types of hair
    • Sanitation
    • Hygiene
    • Skin diseases and conditions
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Electricity
    • Ethics
    • Nail technology
    • Esthetics
  • Practical Chemical Application/Hair Treatment – 500 hours of instruction, which shall be a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, shall be provided in the following subject areas:
    • Chemical safety
    • Permanent waving
    • Hair coloring, tinting and bleaching
    • Hair relaxing
    • Hair and scalp conditioning
    • Shampooing, toning and rinsing

  • Hair Styling/Hair Dressing – 475 hours of instruction in hair styling, which shall be a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, shall be provided in the following subject areas:
    • Cutting
    • Thinning
    • Shaping
    • Trimming
    • Application of electrical/mechanical equipment
    • Curling
    • Hair treatments
    • Marcelling

  • Shop Management, Sanitation and Interpersonal Relations –200 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas:
    • Labor law
    • Workers' compensation
    • Client relations
    • Bookkeeping
    • Marketing and merchandising
    • Emergency first aid
    • Right-to-know laws
    • Pertinent State and local laws and rules
    • Business ethics
    • Sanitation
    • Electrical devices
    • Personal grooming and hygiene

  • Esthetics – 85 hours of instruction shall be provided
  • Nail Technology – 55 hours of instruction shall be provided
  • Electives – 35 hours

Grading Procedures / Dual Credit


Students are assigned theory and a minimum number of practical experiences required for course completion.


Theory is evaluated after each unit of study. 


Practical assignments are evaluated as completed and counted toward course completion only when rated as satisfactory or better.  Practical skills are evaluated according to textbook procedures, performance standards established by the state licensing agency, and the Practical Cosmetology Skills Competency Evaluation Criteria. 


Students must maintain a grade average of 83% and pass a final written and practical exam to maintain College of DuPage Dual Credit. Students working toward Illinois Cosmetology state license must maintain a 75% or higher.


Students must make up failed or missed tests and all incomplete assignments. 


Numerical grades are considered according to the following scales, these scales will represent students wanting to maintain dual credit, achieve Illinois Cosmetology State Licensing and high school grades:








F=74.99 % and Below



*MUST MAINTAIN 75% or higher



A= 90%-100

B= 89%-80

C= 79%-70% (*75% For License)

D= 69%-60%

F= 59% or lower





A= 90%-100

B= 89%-80

C= 79%-70%

D= 69%-60%

F= 59% or lower