(Summer Session to 1.5 Years)
One Basic Technical Certificate and one Advanced Technical Certificate are available. The program also offers Cosmetology Instructor training to industry professionals, which provides them with the educational prerequisites for state licensure as instructors in cosmetology and nail technology.
This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform a variety of beauty services which cover all phases of the beauty culture such as manicuring, shampooing, hair styling, make-up application, temporary and permanent hair waving, hair straightening, bleaching and tinting, and various skin and scalp treatments. Graduate Cosmetologists will also have strong human relations skills and the ability to communicate with people.
For a Program Information Packet showing descriptions of each option, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses, go online to https://www.isu.edu/cosmetology/. Federal Student Aid is not available for the Basic Technical Certificate in Nail Technology. Students may apply for financial aid for the Advanced Technical Certificate in Cosmetology by going to http://www.fafsa.gov/.
All courses in the Cosmetology program require a letter grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program and to graduate. A grade of “C” or better, in each course taken, is a prerequisite to continue to the next semester.
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
COSM 0116 Introduction to Principles and Practices of Cosmetology: 8 semester hours.
Fundamentals of hair chemistry and biology; introduction to basic permanent waving chemistry, hair cutting, and hair styling. Classroom and lab are integrated. COREQ: COSM 0117. F, S
COSM 0117 Beginning Principles and Practices of Cosmetology: 8 semester hours.
This course builds upon concepts taught in COSM 0116 - Principles and Practice. This course will continue with the basic fundamentals of hair design, hair chemistry and biology, and interpersonal skills. Classroom and lab will be integrated. COREQ: COSM 0116. F, S
COSM 0126 Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology: 8 semester hours.
COSM 0127 Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology II: 8 semester hours.
In a combination of lab, live work, and classroom work, students will perform services on clientele, learn retail, customer relations, scheduling appointments, and dispensary duties pertaining to all phases of cosmetology. PREREQ: COSM 0117. COREQ: COSM 0126. F, S
COSM 0150 Principles and Practices of Nail Technology: 11 semester hours.
Nail care and design methods including manicuring, pedicuring, sculpted nail application, nail care, chemistry, biological concepts, anatomy and physiology of nails, and safety standards and procedures. Su
COSM 0156 Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology III: 2 semester hours.
Continuation of concepts and practices in cosmetology, using a combination of classroom, lab, and live work on the clinic floor dealing with customer needs and practical applications. PREREQ: COSM 0116. COREQ: COSM 0157. Su
COSM 0157 Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology IV: 6 semester hours.
Continuation of the concepts and practices in cosmetology, using a combination of classroom, lab, and live work on the clinic floor dealing with customer needs and practical applications. PREREQ: COSM 0117. COREQ: COSM 0156. Su
COSM 0236 Advanced Principles and Practices of Cosmetology I: 8 semester hours.
COSM 0237 Advanced Principles and Practices of Cosmetology II: 8 semester hours.
COSM 0238 Cosmetology Instructor Training: 14 semester hours.
Candidates assume instructional and management responsibilities in supervised settings, including lesson planning, audio visual aid preparation, theory instruction, practical demonstration, testing and evaluation, and clinic floor supervision. PREREQ: Current license as a cosmetologist or nail technologist; twelve credit hours of general education from Goals 1, 2, and 12; two years of work experience as a licensed cosmetologist; and permission of program coordinator. Graded S/U. D
COSM 0279 Seminar: 1-16 semester hours.
This course is designed as a review for re-examination and/or refresher course for cosmetologists from Idaho or other states in preparation for the Idaho State Board of Cosmetology Examination. Graded S/U.
COSM 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D
COSM 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D
Jensen, Casie, Coordinator and Instructor, Cosmetology. Technical Certificate (2), 1985, 2002, Idaho State University. (2018)
Jackson, Sandra A., Advanced Instructor, Cosmetology. Technical Certificate 1981, Idaho State University. (1998)
Greene, Phoebe, Instructor, Cosmetology. Certificate 1982, Pocatello Beauty Academy. (2014)
Harris, Heather, Instructor, Cosmetology. Technical Certificate 2004, Idaho State University. (2014)
Basic Technical Certificate: Nail Technology
(Summer Session Only)
Successful completion is required to be eligible to take the State Board Examination.
|COSM 0150||Principles and Practices of Nail Technology||11|
Advanced Technical Certificate: Cosmetology
Successful completion of the 56 credits and 2000 or more state-required program hours are required to be eligible to take the State Board Examination.
|COSM 0116||Introduction to Principles and Practices of Cosmetology||8|
|COSM 0117||Beginning Principles and Practices of Cosmetology||8|
|COSM 0126||Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology||8|
|COSM 0127||Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology II||8|
|COSM 0156||Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology III||2|
|COSM 0157||Fundamental Principles and Practices of Cosmetology IV||6|
|COSM 0236||Advanced Principles and Practices of Cosmetology I||8|
|COSM 0237||Advanced Principles and Practices of Cosmetology II||8|