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Cosmetologist (32 Hours Per Week)

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.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Cosmetologist (32 Hours Per Week) (CER)
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Students must successfully pass each course with a minimum grade of 80% and 100% of the course hours required in order to continue on to the next course. Students may apply for graduation from the Cosmetologist program upon successful completion of the program hours and a score of 80% or higher. Completion of the program does not guarantee a cosmetologist license (in any state). The Arizona State Board of Cosmetology may deny an application if it`s determined that the student does not meet citizenship and/or high school education requirements if under the age of 18. If students have concerns about their citizenship status and/or high school education requirements, they are strongly encouraged to immediately contact the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology via its website: HTTPS://BOC.AZ.GOV, give full disclosure of their situation, and save any written response. GateWay Community College will not give refunds or be held liable for graduates who do not receive an Arizona cosmetologist license.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify and understand basic needs of a healthy body and effective communication.
  2. Demonstrate and apply proper infection control and safety techniques.
  3. Identify basic anatomy of the skeletal system.
  4. Explain basic hair theory and hair care principles.
  5. Explain basic principles of hair design.
  6. Demonstrate proper basic hair cutting techniques.
  7. Explain and demonstrate basics in hair styling procedures.
  8. Describe and apply basics in chemical texture hair services.
  9. Explain and demonstrate proper basic hair coloring procedures and products.
  10. Identify and understand basic needs in human relations.
  11. Explain the fundamental basic concepts of microbiology in cosmetology.
  12. Describe and apply knowledge of concepts learned in anatomy and physiology.
  13. Demonstrate proper design decisions in hair formations.
  14. Apply skills learned on live and mock models in a salon setting.
  15. Explain the fundamental concepts of electricity in cosmetology.
  16. Describe and identify the factors related to chemistry in cosmetology.
  17. Identify and explain operating principles in salon business and methodology.
  18. Demonstrate proper applications in wigs and hair addition applications.
  19. Identify and explain methods and tools needed for Arizona State Board of Cosmetology licensure.
  20. Apply skills learned on live and mock models in a salon setting.
  21. Explain and identify the fundamental concepts of nail theory.
  22. Demonstrate proper nail care services and applications.
  23. Explain and identify the fundamental concepts of skin theory.
  24. Demonstrate proper skin care services and hair removal.
  25. Describe factors needed to properly apply makeup applications.
  26. Applying skills learned on live and mock models in a salon setting.
  27. Describe and demonstrate tools needed to complete a proper haircut.
  28. Explain and demonstrate advanced haircutting procedures and techniques.
  29. Describe, identify, and demonstrate proper tools and procedures used in advanced hair color applications and techniques.
  30. Explain the physical foundation of the body and systems that benefit from services learned in cosmetology.
  31. Demonstrate advanced nail and skin care services.
  32. Apply advanced practical skills learned on live and mock models in a salon setting.
  33. Demonstrate proper infection control procedures and first aid.
  34. Demonstrate and explain advanced chemical texture services and tools.
  35. Demonstrate proper client consultation during design decisions and considerations.
  36. Identify client needs and describe tools and products needed to achieve desired service.
  37. Demonstrate and explain understanding of learned skills through rubric, written, and practical assessment.
  38. Demonstrate Arizona State Board of Cosmetology expectations and procedures.
  39. Apply and demonstrate learned concepts in practical applications to successfully pass final written exam with 80% or better.
  40. Apply and describe learned concepts in theory to successfully pass final written exam with 80% or better.
  41. Identify and apply tools and resources needed to gain employment in the beauty industry.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Course Sequence by Block

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS104 Hair Essentials I 200
COS106 Hair Essentials II 200

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS114 Student Salon 1 200
COS116 Student Salon 2 200

Block 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS119 Nail Essentials 200
COS212 Skin Essentials 200

Block 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS214 Student Salon 3 200
COS218 Cosmetology State Licensure Focus 200

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Cosmetologist (32 Hours Per Week) (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021