Program Overview

This program prepares students for licensing as a Cosmetologist, Esthetician and Manicurist. The Cosmetology program involves 1,600 hours of comprehensive training in beauty services. The Esthetician program focuses on training in skin care treatment and techniques. The Manicurist program provides training in various services related to nails.

A program in Spa Technician Training is also available. Students learn skills and knowledge related to therapies and treatments for employment in the rapidly expanding Spa Services Industry.

Courses in the Cosmetology programs focus on theoretical foundation, practical manipulative skills, business knowledge, and the professional and ethical training needed for licensing through the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Prepared with excellent entry-level skills, students are able to work in many facets of the beauty industry.

Skyline College's Cosmetology Program is approved by:

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (800) 952-5210

The Associate in Science degree with a major in Cosmetology or the Cosmetology Certificate program require the completion of a special application packet to be considered for admission. Admission applications are not considered for acceptance until all documents listed have been completed and received by the Office of Admissions and Records. All requirements must be submitted by the deadline date. The following components of the application packet are required.

  1. Completed Cosmetology Program application.
  2. Completed Skyline College English Placement Tests. The English Placement Tests may be waived for those students who have completed an AA/AS or BS degree.
  3. Transcripts from former colleges.
  4. Completed college matriculation requirements.
  5. Signed Cosmetology Program contract.
  6. Completed Skyline College Application

For further information on the Cosmetology Program, please call 738-4165.

Cosmetology (AS) Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
COSM 700 Cosmetology Concepts and Practice I 16 units
COSM 710 Cosmetology Concepts and Practice II: Facials 3 units
COSM 720 Cosmetology Concepts and Practice III-Chemicals 6 units
COSM 735 Cosmetology Advanced Concepts 6 units
COSM 740 Cosmetology Concepts and Practice V 6 units
COSM 745 Cosmetology Concepts and Practice VI - Senior Practical 6 units
Total Required Major Units: 43

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.

NOTE: Additional hours to meet the 1,600-hour state minimum may be earned by enrolling in BUS. 150 (Entrepreneurship - Small Business Management) and/or COSM 695 (Independent Study in Cosmetology) and/or COSM 730 (Cosmetology Concepts and Practice IV: Nails).