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Cosmetology Program Full Course List

Minnesota School of Cosmetology offers a complete 1,550-hour course in cosmetology. Throughout the cosmetology courses you will learn about the care of skin, hair, scalp and nails. You will gain basic knowledge in chemistry, anatomy, physiology and electricity to help you better understand the science behind the services you provide, as well as hands-on training in basic and advanced beauty techniques. Our cosmetology courses are designed to prepare you to deliver the best end result for your clients. In addition, you will gain the personal and business skills needed to maintain a successful career in cosmetology.

On the first day of class, you will receive your cosmetology kit. It includes five manikins, all the tools you need to be successful and master the various skills, and an iPad® Air to help enhance your education through a variety of apps, classroom assistance and career building tools.

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History and Career Opportunities

  • History and Career Opportunities
  • Why Study Cosmetology History and Career Opportunities?
  • Brief History of Cosmetology
  • Career Paths for Cosmetologists

Life Skills

  • Why Study Life Skills
  • Life Skills
  • The Psychology of Success
  • Managing Your Career
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Study Skills
  • Ethics
  • Personality Development and Attitude

Your Professional Image

  • Why Study the Importance of Your Professional Image?
  • Beauty and Wellness
  • Looking Good
  • Your Physical Presentation

Communicating for Success

  • Why Study Communicating for Success?
  • Human Relations
  • Communication Basics
  • The Client Consultation
  • Special Issues in Communication
  • In-Salon Communication

Infection Control: Principles and Practice

  • Why Study Infection Control?
  • Regulation
  • Principles of Infection
  • Principles of Prevention
  • Universal Precautions
  • The Professional Salon Image
  • Procedures

General Anatomy and Physiology

  • Why Study Anatomy and Physiology?
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and You
  • Cells
  • Tissues
  • Organs and Body Systems
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic/Immune System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Excretory System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Reproductive System

Basics of Chemistry

  • Why Study Basics of Chemistry?
  • Chemistry
  • Matter
  • Potential Hydrogen (pH)

Basics of Electricity

  • Why Study Basics of Electricity?
  • Electricity
  • Electrical Equipment Safety
  • Electrotherapy
  • Other Electrical Equipment
  • Light Energy and Light Therapy

Seeking Employment

  • Why Study How To Prepare for and Seek Employment?
  • Preparing for Licensure
  • Preparing for Employment
  • Job Interview

On the Job

  • Why Study What It Is Like on the Job?
  • Moving from School to Work
  • Out in the Real World
  • Managing Your Money
  • Discover the Selling You
  • Keeping Current Clients and Expanding Your Client Base
  • On Your Way

The Salon Business

  • Why Study the Salon Business?
  • Going into Business for Yourself
  • Operating a Successful Salon
  • Building Your Business

Minnesota Laws and Rules

  • Chapter 2642
  • Chapter 2644
  • 155A
  • 45A

Properties of the Hair and Scalp

  • Why Study Prosperities of the Hair and Scalp?
  • Structure of the Hair
  • Chemical Composition of Hair
  • Hair Growth
  • Hair Loss
  • Disorders of the Hair
  • Disorders of the Scalp
  • Hair and Scalp Analysis

Principles of Hair Design

  • Philosophy of Design
  • Elements of Hair Design
  • Principles of Hair Design
  • Influence of Hair Type on Hairstyle
  • Creating Harmony between Hairstyle and Facial Structure
  • Designing for Men

Scalp Care, Shampooing, and Conditioning

  • Why Study Scalp Care, Shampooing, and Conditioning?
  • Scalp Care and Massage
  • Hair Brushing
  • Understanding Shampoo
  • Understanding Conditioner
  • Draping
  • Three -Part Procedure
  • Procedures


  • Why Study Haircutting?
  • Basic Principles of Haircutting
  • Client Consultation
  • Haircutting Tools
  • Posture and Body Position
  • Safety in Haircutting
  • Basic Haircuts
  • Other Cutting Techniques
  • Clippers and Trimmers
  • Procedures


  • Why Study Hairstyling?
  • Client Consultation
  • Wet Hairstyling Basics
  • Finger Waving
  • Pin Curls
  • Roller Curls
  • Comb-Out Techniques
  • Hair Wrapping
  • Blow-Dry Styling
  • Thermal Hairstyling
  • Thermal Hair Strengthening (Hair Pressing)
  • Styling Long Hair
  • The Artistry of Hairstyling
  • Procedures

Braiding and Braid Extensions

  • Why Study Braiding and Braid Extensions?
  • Understanding the Basics
  • Braiding the Hair
  • Procedures

Wigs and Hair Additions

  • Why Study Wigs and Hair Additions?
  • Human versus Synthetic Hair
  • Wigs
  • Hairpieces
  • Hair Extensions

Chemical Texture Services

  • Why Study Chemical Texture Services?
  • The Structure of Hair
  • Permanent Waving
  • Chemical Hair Relaxers
  • Curl Re-Forming (Soft Curl Permanents)

Hair Coloring

  • Why Study Haircoloring?
  • Why People Color Their Hair?
  • Hair Facts
  • Identifying Natural Hair Color and Tone
  • Types of Hair Color
  • Consultation
  • Haircolor Formulation
  • Hair Color Applications
  • Using Lighteners
  • Using Toners
  • Special Effects Hair Coloring
  • Corrective Solutions
  • Hair Coloring Safety Precautions
  • Procedures

Hair Removal

  • Why Study Hair Removal?
  • Client Consultation
  • Contraindications for Hair Removal
  • Permanent Hair Removal
  • Temporary Hair Removal
  • Procedures

Nail Structure and Growth

  • Why Study Nail Structure and Growth?
  • The Natural Nail
  • Nail Anatomy
  • Nail Growth
  • Know Your Nails

Nail Disorders and Diseases

  • Why Study Nail Disorders and Diseases?
  • Nail Disorders
  • Nail Diseases


  • Why Study Manicuring?
  • Nail Technology Tools
  • Professional Cosmetic Products
  • The Basic Manicure
  • A Man’s Manicure Service
  • Massage
  • Spa Manicures
  • Aromatherapy
  • Paraffin Wax Treatments
  • Nail Art
  • Only the Beginning
  • Procedures


  • Why Study Pedicuring?
  • Pedicure Tools
  • About Pedicures
  • Disinfection
  • Procedures

Nail Tips and Sculpted Nails

  • Why Study Nail Tips and Wraps?
  • Nail Tips
  • Nail Wraps
  • Nail Wrap Maintenance, Repair and Removal
  • Procedures

Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancements

  • Why Study Monomer Liquid a Polymer Powder Nail Enhancements?
  • Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancements
  • Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancement Supplies
  • Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancement
  • Maintenance, Crack Repair and Removal
  • Odorless Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Products
  • Colored Polymer Powder Products
  • Procedures

UV Gels

  • Why Study UV Gels?
  • UV Gels
  • UV Gel Supplies
  • When to Use UV Gels
  • Choosing the Proper UV Gel
  • UV Light Unites and Lamps
  • UV Gel Polish
  • UV Gel Maintenance and Removal
  • Procedures

Skin Structure, Growth and Nutrition

  • Why Study Skin Structure, Growth and Nutrition?
  • Anatomy of the Skin
  • Nutrition and Maintaining Skin Health

Skin Disorders and Diseases

  • Why Study Skin Disorders and Diseases?
  • Disorders and Diseases of the Skin
  • Disorders of the Sebaceous (Oil) Glands
  • Disorders of the Sudoriferous (Sweat) Glands
  • Inflammations and Common Infections of the Skin
  • Pigment Disorders of the Skin
  • Hypertrophies of the Skin
  • Skin Cancer
  • Acne and Problem Skin
  • Aging Skin Issues
  • The Sun and Its Effects
  • Contact Dermatitis


  • Why Study Facials?
  • Skin Analysis and Consultation
  • Determining Skin Type
  • Skin Care Products
  • Client Consultation
  • Facial Massage
  • Facial Equipment
  • Electrotherapy and Light Therapy
  • Facial Treatments
  • Aromatherapy
  • Procedures

Facial Makeup

  • Why Study Facial Makeup?
  • Cosmetics for Facial Makeup
  • Makeup Color Theory
  • Basic Professional Makeup Application
  • Special Occasion Makeup
  • Corrective Makeup
  • Artificial Eyelashes
  • Procedures

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10-Month Cosmetology Diploma

5-Month Massage Therapy Certificate

5-Month Esthiology Certificate

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