Health Sciences

A cosmetologist is someone who specializes in hair, nail and skin care. You will provide beauty services, such as shampooing and conditioning, cutting, coloring, perming and styling hair. Additionally, you will braid, press, curl and relax hair, design hairstyles, and provide nail and skin services. 

You will learn the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele; sanitation practices and requirements; and knowledge of state laws and business management skills specific to cosmetologists. You also learn to work with all types of hair, as well as nails, waxing, and facials, as well as how to provide the best customer service.

After you complete your Basic class, you move to the clinic setting. The school has a salon open to the public. In the clinic setting, you will provide various services under instructor supervision.

Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency, but does not guarantee you a License in any state.


To be a practicing cosmetologist, you have to pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology exam to receive an Cosmetologist License. The state board exam consists of a written test and hands on demonstrations.

The Board of Cosmetology may deny your application if you do not meet its citizenship and/or high school education requirements. Visit its website for details.

Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance


Advisor Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Office Number: 602-286-8633

Enrollment Sessions: Wednesdays, from 3 to 4 p.m.

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Clock Hour Program

Clock-based Certificates of Competency are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Location

Deer Valley



Certificate #1193 (32 hrs) | 1600 hr / 13 - 20 mo | $9,967

As a cosmetologist, students will provide beauty services such as shampooing and conditioning, cutting, coloring, perming, and styling hair. Additionally, students will braid, press, curl and relax hair, design hairstyles, and provide nail and skin services. All work will be performed safely using proper disinfection and sanitation techniques. Students will graduate from the program with the skills and knowledge necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele, state laws pertaining to cosmetologists, as well as business management skills to start and manage a salon. Upon completing the Cosmetologist program, students will be prepared to sit for the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology licensing exam.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Beauty and Wellness AAS in Beauty and Wellness

If you have attended the GateWay Cosmetology program, you are eligible to receive credit for prior learning experience toward an Associate in Applied Science in Beauty & Wellness degree. This degree is focused on business and entrepreneurial courses, building interpersonal skills and more to set you up for success in running your own business as a cosmetologist. 

Start Dates

*Day program months based on 32 hours a week/4 weeks a month (Monday - Thursday  7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.