Operator (Cosmetology) – Course Outline (1500 Hours)
CIP Code – 12.0401

  • A. Haircutting, Styling and Related Theory (500 Hours)
  • B. Hair Coloring and Related Theory (200 Hours)
  • C. Cold Waving and Related Theory (200 Hours)
  • D. Orientation, Rules and Laws (100 Hours)
  • E. Manicuring and Related Theory (100 hours)
  • F. Shampoo and Related Theory (100 Hours)
  • G. Chemistry (75 Hours)
  • H. Salon Management and Practices (75 Hours)
  • I. Hair and Scalp Treatment and Related Theory (50 Hours)
  • j. Chemical Hair Relaxing and Related Theory (50 Hours)
  • K. Facials and Related Theory (50 Hours)

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Tuition $15,300
Textbooks and Kit $1,300
Application Fee $100
Total Cost $16,700

Cost of attendance amounts are estimates only and are used in determining financial aid.  The school does not charge students for cost of attendance items.  For actual cost of attendance amounts, please schedule an appointment with a financial aid administrator.

Room & Board $403 (Dependent) $1044 (Independent)
Transportation $329
Misc/Personal $299 (Dependent) $561 (Independent)

Admission Requirements

1. Be at least 17 years of age;
2. Have completed the 7th grade;
3. Possess a high school diploma or GED.

Licensing Requirements

To be eligible for an operator, esthetician or manicurist license, an applicant must:

1. Submit a completed license application on a department-approved form;
2. Pay the applicable license fee under §83.80;
3. Be at least 17 years of age;
4. Have obtained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma, or have passed a valid examination administered by a certified testing agency that measures the person’s ability to benefit;
5. Have completed the number of curriculum hours required under TDLR §83.21in a licensed beauty culture school:
        a. 1500 hours of operator instruction; or
        b. 1000 hours of operator instruction in a licensed beauty culture school and 500 hours of related high school courses prescribed by the department in a vocational cosmetology program in a public school; or
        c. 750 hours of esthetician instruction; or
        d. 600 hours of manicurist instruction; and
6. Pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.

Types of Employment

Independent Operator
Salon Owner/Manager
Beauty Supply Distributor
Cruise Ship Stylist
Television/Theater Hair Stylist or Make-Up Artist
Product Developer/Representative/Consultant
Hair Color Specialist
Nail Technician/Manicurist
School Owner/Manager

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 Operator (Cosmetology) Course Schedules

Full-Time Day; Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, English

Full-Time Night; Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, English and Spanish

Part-Time Night; Monday through Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, English and Spanish