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ABOUT THE PROGRAM OF STUDY


All courses in the Cosmetology program of study have been revised to address and prepare students for postsecondary and industry standards. Cosmetology is designed to prepare students for careers in cosmetology by developing an understanding of efficient and safe work practices, salon business concepts and operations, hair techniques and chemical services, facial and skin care procedures and state board theoretical practical application. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry. Students may acquire hours transferable to a postsecondary institution for completion of hourly requirements needed to sit for the Tennessee Cosmetology and Barber Examiners examination.

Cosmetology 1

Cosmetology I is the foundational course in the Human Services career cluster for students interested in learning more about becoming a cosmetologist. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will gain knowledge in the fundamental skills in both theory and practical applications of cosmetology practices. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry. Upon completion and acquisition of 1500 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Examination to attain a Tennessee Cosmetology License.

Cosmetology 2

Cosmetology II is the second course in the Cosmetology program of study intended to prepare students for careers in cosmetology by developing an understanding of efficient and safe work practices, nail procedures, hair design, and chemical services. Students will gain experience in practical applications of cosmetology practices. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry. Upon completion and acquisition of 1500 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Examination to attain a Tennessee Cosmetology License.

COSMETOLOGY 3

Cosmetology III is the third course in the Cosmetology program of study intended to prepare students for careers in cosmetology by developing an understanding of efficient and safe work practices, salon business concepts and operations, advanced hair techniques and chemical services, and facial and skin care procedures. Students will gain experience in practical applications of cosmetology practices. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry. Upon completion and acquisition of 1500 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Examination to attain a Tennessee Cosmetology License. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue throughout the full sequence of courses.

COSMETOLOGY 4

Cosmetology IV is the capstone course in the Cosmetology program of study intended to prepare students for careers in cosmetology by developing an understanding and practical skills in efficient and safe work practices, career and business analysis, advanced hair techniques and chemical services, and state board theoretical and practical application. Proficient students will have applied the full range of knowledge and skills acquired in this program of study toward experiences in practical applications of cosmetology practices as approved by the instructor. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry. Upon completion and acquisition of 1500 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Examination to attain a Tennessee Cosmetology License. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue throughout the full sequence of courses.

Work-Based Learning

This course is designed for the student to gain actual experience in the cosmetology industry in order to equip them for the workplace.

DUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES


Dual Credit is available for Cosmetology 1, Cosmetology 2, Cosmetology 3, and Cosmetology 4 with Brillare Beauty Institute. 

DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Dual Enrollment is available for Cosmetology 3 and Cosmetology 4 with Tennessee College of Applied Technologies Athens (TCAT). In a dual-enrolled class, students get credit for both high school and the college they are dual-enrolled with. This allows high school students to get college credit and a college transcript before they step foot on a college campus!

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS


Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Examination

Upon completion and acquisition of 1500 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Examination to attain a Tennessee License.

CAREER OUTLOOK


The Cosmetology occupation group is projected to grow by 20.95 percent in Tennessee between 2014 and 2024. Job opportunities are strongest in urban and suburban areas of Tennessee. The job outlook for this program of study in Tennessee is as follows: 38.6 percent increase for skincare specialists, 21.3 percent increase for manicurists and pedicurists, and a 17.4 percent increase for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists by 2024. Occupations with the greatest number of annual average openings include hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.

Cosmetology Related Occupations with the Most Annual Average Openings in Tennessee (2014-2024)

Occupations Total Percent Change Total Annual Avg. Openings
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 17.40% 415
Manicurists and Pedicurists 21.30% 25
Shampoo Technician 6.50% 5
Skincare Specialists 38.60% 45
Source: TN Dept of Labor & Workforce Dev, Div Emp Sec, R&S

COSMETOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE


The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees are made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career and technical programs. Members include representatives from business, labor, community agencies, faculty, students and other members. The primary purpose of advisory committees is to provide direction and guidance for the specific career and technical area within the school to strengthen and enhance the success of CTE programs. By working closely with the business and labor communities, we continue to provide high quality workforce training and education to our students so they will succeed in today's job market.

The committees support and strengthen the partnership between business, labor, the community, and education. The committees make recommendations that will strengthen and help to expand the curriculum to improve the quality of program(s). Members provide valuable input in areas such as curriculum development, student recruitment and placement, staff development, equipment and software recommendations.