If you love to work with people and enjoy a fast paced environment where you can be creative every day, Cosmetology might be for you! Whether you want a career in Cosmetology or a stepping stone to another career field, this is a great program.

One of the greatest benefits of studying Cosmetology at the Wilson Talent Center (WTC) is that upon completion of the program, you are ready to take the State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology Licensing exam. After passing, you will be a licensed cosmetologist in the State of Michigan, without spending $20,000+ to do this after high school.

You will be exposed to all areas of Cosmetology, including haircutting, hair coloring, manicuring, pedicuring, facials and much more. Once you achieve 350 hours of instruction, you are qualified to work on clients in Extreme Image, the school's on-site salon.

This two-year program (half a day both your junior and senior years of high school) also requires extended hours. Students must be able to provide their own transportation due to the extended hours and cannot rely on home school busing.

View the Articulated Credit Sheet for Cosmetology.

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.


Cosmetology - Manicuring

National Career Cluster

Human Services Pathway

Michigan Career Pathway

Human Services


Trisha Wilson
State of Michigan licensed Cosmetologist & Instructor 
CTE Standard Certificate
517. 244.1321

Kasey Smith
State of Michigan licensed Cosmetologist & Instructor
CTE Standard Certificate
517. 244.1321

Types of Credit

One full Fourth year math credit

½ Science credit per year

½ English credit per year

Michigan Merit Curriculum:  Visual Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA), one full credit

Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school

Articulation Agreements

Davenport University
Ferris State University
Jackson College

Special Requirements/Recommendations for Success

9th grade (minimum) reading and math levels

Ability to read, understand, and apply technical information

Basic keyboarding and word processing skills (Windows environment)

Good attendance and attitude

Good communication skills

Ability to work well in teams and individually

Attention to detail

Ability to work in a noisy environment

Problem solving skills

Ability to lift and move equipment

Visit for local salary ranges for potential careers

Own transportation required due to extended class time

Textbook and state board exam written at a 9th grade reading level

Program Description

Cosmetology is designed to prepare students for employment in various cosmetology related positions such as: stylist, instructor, sales representative, manicurist, esthetician, color specialist, platform artist, or salon owner. Students are exposed to all areas of Cosmetology which includes shampooing, manicuring and advanced nails, wigs, facials, makeup, haircutting, hairstyling, hair coloring, scalp treatments, perm waving, hair pressing, chemical relaxing and all theory related subjects. Second year students work on the public. All work is supervised by instructors. Upon successful completion of the course, which includes 1500 hours required MPA's (Minimum Practical Applications) and passing a pre-state exam with 75% or higher, the student will be ready to write the State Exam and seek employment. This employment may also provide a means of assisting with the cost of further education.

  • Develop proper attitudes and employability skills needed to obtain and keep a job.
  • Explore the many careers available in the Cosmetology field.
  • Develop an understanding of basic human needs and human behavior.
  • Develop effective communication skills - both speaking and listening.
  • Learn basic Cosmetology abbreviations and terminology.
  • Learn basic Cosmetology skills.
  • Must develop skills to analyze skin , scalp and hair conditions.
  • Meet all State Board requirements which include theory and MPA’s (Minimum Practical Applications).

Universal Accommodations

The Cosmetology program is committed to universal learning and supporting all students' needs. Our classroom space, routines, resources, an interactions will be as inclusive as possible. Treating each other with respect, listening to each other, having an open mind and a willingness to help each other learn is crucial to universal learning.

Strategies to provide optimal learning for all students in this course include, but not limited to:

  • Extended time for testing if necessary
  • Secluded area for testing if requested ahead of time
  • Auditory text for text or test available with provided earbuds
  • Large print text available
  • Printed notes from overhead presentations available when requested
  • Board/Projected presentations are verbalized
  • Extended time for assignments if requested in advance

Course Topics

Properties of Hair and Scalp

Principles of Hair Design

Scalp Care, Shampooing and Conditioning

Life Skills/Professional Image/Communication Skills

Infection Control



Wigs and Hair Enhancements

Chemical Texture Services

Hair Coloring

Nail Structure and Growth

Manicures and Pedicures


Facial Make Up

Hair Removal

Skin Structure, Growth and Nutrition

Basics of Electricity


Basics of Chemistry

Salon Business

Employability Skills

Advanced Nails

Preparing for Licensure and Employment

Exit Outcomes

Meet all state board requirements

Learn basic skills in all aspects of the Cosmetology Industry

Understanding of basic human needs and human behavior

Effective communication skills – both speaking and listening

Skills in analyzing skin and nail conditions to include:

  • Properties of hair and scalp
  • Principles of hair design
  • Haircutting
  • Hairstyling
  • Chemical Texture services
  • Hair Coloring

Nail Structure and Growth

Manicuring and Pedicuring


Facial Make Up

Facial Hair Removal

Basics of Electricity


Basics of Chemistry

Salon Business

Prepare for Licensure and Employment

Attendance Policy

Due to a tight schedule, your attendance is required on all days we are in session in order to complete the required 1500 hours. Students, who miss more than the State guidelines allowed, will be dropped from the program. A student that exceeds 90 hours in absences will be terminated from the program.

Students are granted hours only when they are present

Mandatory participation in all  workshops, if not met, total hours of workshops will be deducted from the students’ attendance bank. In addition to the loss of hours the student will receive one (1) grade lower for the 2nd semester.

Prior to the end of the first semester, student hours will be evaluated. Any student who is 25 or more hours behind will be placed on probation. If you are placed on an attendance contract, the contract will be enforced through-out the duration of the program.

Good attendance is imperative in the program. Poor attendance will lower your grade and lead to probation and/or dismissal from the Cosmetology Program.

If you know in advance that you will be absent, notify the instructor.

It is your responsibility to get the class notes you miss and arrange a time in which you can be shown any procedures that were demonstrated during your absence.

As part of our employability skills training, if you are absent, you must call the school before class starts. The phone number is (517-244-1306). Students must be in complete uniform before clocking in each day.

Grading Policy

All tests must be passed with 80% or higher. Tests will be retaken until passed with the required percentage. The first test score will be used for report cards. This scale is a requirement of the State Board. All tests and lab work will be graded on the basis of the following scale:

Grading Scale

Grade Percentage
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%

(69% or below may result in partial or no credit)

All written tests will be given at the end of each unit. Practical demonstrations of procedures will also be periodically tested. Any student receiving below 80% will need to retake the unit test until the 80% level is achieved.

If a student is absent on the day of a test, they should be prepared to take the test on the first day of their return unless prior arrangements have been made.

A pre-state test will be given hear the completion of the program. Each section of this test much have a score of 75% or higher. This entire test or portions of this test may be retaken to achieve the required grade.

All written assignments must be turned in on the scheduled date assigned or points will be deducted for tardiness. Time during class will usually be allotted to work on assignments.

Lab performances will continually be evaluated and graded. The instructor will have a private conference with each student during these times to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in their performance.

Any weekly test not made up during a 9-week marking period will result in an “Incomplete” or “I” grade. You will have ten (10) school days to make up your test or your grade will be averaged as is, which may result in loss of credit. REMEMBER, to qualify for the Pre-State exam, all tests must be passed with an 80% or higher.

Grades will be based on the following criteria: 

Work Habits 35% of total grade    

Skills 32% of total grade      

Tests 33% of total grade

MPA’s (Minimum Practice Applications):

MPA’s must be documented on a daily basis and totaled at the end of each week. MPA’s must be turned in no later than Monday of the following week to be recorded in the computer. NO MPA’s will be accepted after Monday for that week.

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