Dec 09, 2023  
Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Cosmetology Diploma

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 054D

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer - online only CHSN 1698  & CHSN 1699  

The Cosmetology Diploma program meets the requirements for licensure by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners.

Cosmetology services include the cleaning, conditioning, shaping, reinforcing, coloring and enhancing of the body surface in the areas of head, scalp, face, arms, hands, legs and feet.

Science courses provide a good background for the skills taught in hair analysis and treatment. Physical requirements include finger dexterity, negative allergic reaction to cosmetic preparations and artistic flair for creative design. The professional cosmetologist should enjoy working with the public and in a team atmosphere. People skills and time management skills are essential.

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

Career Opportunities

The job outlook is good for cosmetologists. Increasing population, incomes, and demand for cosmetology services will stimulate job growth. In addition, numerous job openings will stem from rapid turnover in salons and the large size of the occupation. The rapid growth of nail salons and full-service spas will generate numerous job openings for cosmetologists skilled in hair, skin, and nails.

After cosmetology students complete 1550 hours of skills and theory training and pass the written exam given through the State designated testing service and skills certification, they are eligible for licensure through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Cosmetologists work in a variety of settings including beauty salons and full service spas.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will perform basic skin services including skin analysis, facials, makeup application, and hair removal.
  2. Graduates will perform haircare services on all hair types including hair analysis, cutting, styling, coloring and lightening, permanent waving, and chemical relaxing.
  3. Graduates will perform natural and artificial nail services including manicuring, pedicuring, acrylic, and sculptured nails.

Program Faculty

Marcie Smith-Fields


Students attend full-time and can complete the program in three semesters.


This program meets Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners requirements.

Textbook and Supply Costs

Students should expect to spend approximately $3,700.00 for cosmetology kits, supplies, and books. This cost is in addition to tuition and fees

Additional Requirements

Purchase Kits
Be prepared to purchase student cosmetology kits the first day of class from the book store. Financial aid must have been completed.

All books MUST be purchased before classes begin.

Cosmetology Student Handbook/ Agreement Form
All new and returning students will need to access D2L Brightspace PRIOR to the first day of classes to read the Cosmetology student handbook. After you have read the handbook, you must print and sign Student Agreement Form, Hepatitis B Vaccination/Declination Form and Rollabout Form and return them to your instructor on the first day of class before you will be admitted to class. You will need to perform this task prior to the first day of each semester. Please direct questions to the assigned instructor of your first class.

Program Requirements

Required Program Orientation. All Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technician applicants must attend a program orientation prior to enrollment as a fulltime student. Please call the Clinic receptionist at 651.846.1329 to reserve your space at orientation.

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goals 1-10: Minnesota Transfer Curriculum COMM 1720  (recommended)

Course Sequence

The course sequence listed on the back of this guide is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Contact Program Faculty with questions.

Required course sequence is dependent upon which Semester/Term the student starts the Cosmetology Diploma Program. The General Education Requirement (3 credits) may be taken during the Semester/Term of student’s choice.


Total Semester Credits / Hours: 27 / 784

Total Semester Credits / Hours: 20 / 608

Total Semester Credits / Hours: 5 / 160

Subtotal Program Credits / Hours: 52 / 1552


General Education Requirements (Semester of Choice)

  • Goal 1: COMM 17XX (COMM 1720  recommended) 3 Credits

General Education Requirements: 3 Credits

Total Program Credits / Hours: 55 / 1552

Pivot Point is a registered service mark and trademark owned by Pivot Point International, Inc.

Saint Paul College’s Cosmetology Program is a Pivot Point Member School

Pivot Point International Inc.
1560 Sherman Avenue Suite 700
Evanston, IL 60201

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0860  

Writing: Any

Arithmetic: Score of 225+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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