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Full Course List

Minnesota School of Cosmetology offers diplomas in cosmetology, esthiology, and massage therapy. Our 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, esthiology, or massage therapy.

On the first day of class, you will receive your cosmetology, esthiology, or massage therapy kit (dependent upon program enrollment). This kit includes all the tools you need to be successful and master various skills. A list of courses can be found below. For more specific program information, please see the course catalog.

Cosmetology Basics Pre-Clinic: Theory 245 Hours, Practical 35 Hours, Total 280 Hours
This course involves the instruction in applied science and skills in the art and science of beauty care. The course will provide the student with the fundamentals in scalp care, shampooing, conditioning, haircutting, hairstyling, properties of the hair and scalp, infection control, chemical texture services, manicuring and pedicuring, hair color, chemistry, and electricity. Certifications of technical skills are conducted upon completion of these fundamentals to ensure students have met the minimum standards of proficiency

Cosmetology Intermediate: Theory 165 Hours, Practical 605 Hours, Total 770 Hours
During this course, the student will study anatomy & physiology, skin growth & structure, skin diseases & disorders, nail structure & growth, nail diseases & disorders, hair design, braiding & braid extensions, wigs & hair additions, hair coloring, facial makeup, hair removal, nail tips/wraps, acrylic nails, and light cured gels. Theory and lab time will include safety and infection control procedures pertaining to the course.

Cosmetology Advanced: Theory 10 Hours, Practical 490 Hours, Total 500 Hours
In this final course of the program, theory time will be devoted to information on the salon and spa business, enhancing skills in selling products and services, and career planning. Clinic time is devoted to enhancing technical and customer service skills and to completing state and school required quotas. Theory and clinic will include safety and sanitation procedures pertaining to the course. Students will prepare for and take their 775 and 1350 hour skill certifications. During this course, students will prepare for and take the MN Laws and Rules test, final exam, as well as begin to prepare for their state boards.

ES105 Esthetics Pre-Clinic, 140 Clock Hours
This course involves the instruction in applied science and skills in the procedure of cosmetic care of the skin and application of facials. The course will provide the student with the fundamentals in skin care history, career opportunities, professionalism, infection control, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, histology of the skin, disorders and diseases of the skin, skin analysis, professional exfoliation, facials, and client consultation. Minnesota Laws and Rules pertaining to the course are included. A certification of technical skills is conducted upon completion of the course to ensure students have met the minimum standards of proficiency, allowing students to proceed to any courses that include clinic experience.

ES115 Esthetics Intermediate, 140 Clock Hours
During this course, the student will study makeup, corrective makeup, waxing, recommending professional skin treatments and selling professional retail products. Theory and lab time will include safety and infection control procedures pertaining to the course.

ES125 Esthetics Advanced, 140 Clock Hours
In this final course of the program, theory time will be devoted to information on eyelash extensions, enhancing skills in selling products and services, and career planning. Clinic time is devoted to enhancing technical and customer service skills and to completing state and school required quotas. Theory and clinic will include safety and sanitation procedures pertaining to the course.

ES135 Esthetics Advanced Clinic, 180 Clock Hours
In this final course of the program, clinic time is devoted to enhancing technical and customer service skills and to completing state and school required quotas. Students will prepare for and take the Laws & Rules test and advanced clinic final exam. During this course, students will prepare for and take the Course Completion Skill Certification that takes place during the end of the course.
MY100 Introduction to Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology, 140 Clock Hours
In MY100, students receive 140 hours of classroom theory instruction in anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. Students will study the terminology commonly used in a health care setting along with mechanisms by which the human body functions. Topics include anatomical and physiological processes of the skeletal, muscular, endocrine, special senses, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and nervous systems.

MY110 Introductory Massage Techniques, 140 Clock Hours
In MY110, students receive 140 hours of classroom theory and practical instruction in basic massage techniques pertinent to entry into the massage profession. Students will study and practice the techniques of Swedish Massage, Chair Massage, Prenatal Massage and Hot Stone Massage, while also learning how to adjust techniques for special populations. Topics include the history of massage, equipment, safety practices, basic musculoskeletal identification, benefits and contraindications of massage, technique application, client consultation, assessment, and basic documentation.

MY150 Kinesiology and Pathology for Massage, 140 Clock Hours
In MY150, students receive 70 hours of classroom theory instruction in kinesiology as it relates to massage therapy, as well as 70 hours of classroom theory instruction in pathology. Students will study human movement and function in kinesiology. Pathology studies will focus on an introduction to postural analysis and disease conditions for the body systems and their relation to massage therapy.

MY180 Professional Business Practices, 70 Clock Hours
In MY180, students receive 70 hours of classroom theory instruction in the business and ethical practices in the massage therapy profession. Students learn scope of practices, ethical standards, policies and regulations that affect a massage business. Topics include establishing self-care strategies and successful therapeutic relationships; forming professional alliances; attracting target markets using sales, marketing and retention strategies; and how to apply financial, administrative and insurance processes to the massage profession. Students create business plan outlines for massage practices.

MY210 Advanced Massage Techniques, 140 Clock Hours
In MY210, students receive 140 hours of classroom theory and practical instruction in advanced massage techniques pertinent to entry into the massage profession. Students will study and practice the techniques of Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and Myofascial Release Massage. Topics include assessment of the client's condition in order to effectively manage treatment planning based on each client.

MY250 Clinical Lab and Practicum, 70 Clock Hours
In MY250, students receive 70 hours of clinical laboratory practice and off-site practical hours. 35 hours will be completed on campus in a supervised lab with instructors present. 30 hours will be completed off-site, supervised by a licensed massage therapist. 5 hours of CPR will be completed. The student experiences a variety of body types and interactions with the public through activities including client interviews and assessments, creating client files, reviewing documentation, consulting and debriefing the client, recording accurate S.O.A.P notes, and providing client education. Students will use this experience to master clinical skills, perform clerical functions, marketing skills, and customer service skills such as scheduling, re-booking, and following-up with clinic clients.


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5-Month Massage Therapy Diploma |

5-Month Esthiology Diploma

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