Cosmetology

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Professional and Technical
Institute: Business & Entrepreneurship
College: PAC

What is the cosmetology program?

As the only program of its kind offered in the Bexar County region by a public college, the Cosmetology program provides students with the foundational skills and latest trends across an array of beauty and skin services. The program is housed in the Cosmetology Learning Studio, 3,800-square-foot full-service classroom with 26 hair stations, 16 nail stations, and a dedicated esthetics room.

The Cosmetology program allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science with transferable credits to a college or university to pursue a bachelor degree and creating a foundation for entrepreneurial development. Cosmetology students must pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Cosmetology Licensing Examinations in order to practice in Texas.

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Cosmetology Program Highlights

The Cosmetology program offers two tracks – Esthetics (skin) and Operator (hair and nails).

Students in the Cosmetology Esthetics program will demonstrate knowledge related to skin services; define terminology related to skin care treatments; demonstrate skin care procedures; perform advanced skin care services; define terminology related to temporary hair removal; demonstrate temporary hair removal procedures; learn microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microcurrent, eyebrow tint, and applying artificial lashes; practice safety and sanitation according to the laws and rules of the state licensing agency; and exhibit workplace competencies in skin care.

Students in the Cosmetology Operator program will demonstrate knowledge related to haircutting and haircoloring techniques, highlights, balayage; proper use of implements, hair sectioning; define terminology related to chemical reformation; perform nail services; define terminology related to skin care treatments; hair removal, demonstrate skin care procedures; practice safety and sanitation; create a salon portfolio or business plan to demonstrate organizational skills related to salon operation and management; students will exhibit overall workplace competencies to be successful in the cosmetology field.

Cosmetology Career Areas & Employment Positions


Employment in the beauty industry is on the rise with a 23% increase in projected employment by 2026 in the Bexar County region, with an average entry-level hourly wage of $13.55. Positions with these skills include: hair stylist in a franchise and commission-based salon, manicurist, platform artist, product distributor, salon booth renter, salon educator, salon manager, and salon owner.

Employment in the esthetics industry is on the rise with a 20% increase in projected employment by 2026 in the Bexar County region, with an average entry-level hourly wage of $13.98. Positions with these skills include: dermatologist esthetician, eyelash extension specialist, makeup artist, medical spa esthetician, platform makeup artist, product distributor, special effects makeup artist, salon esthetician, salon owner, and skin care specialist educator.

       
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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) 

       
Note: Prospective students must complete a cosmetology application for admittance into the Cosmetology program. The application is provided to the student during open enrollment into the program during the advising session. Once accepted to the program, the cosmetology department will require the student to complete the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) Forms: Student Permit Application and a Notice of Ineligibility for License Form to enroll into the program. For additional information, please contact Lydia Hannawi, Academic Director for Cosmetology, by email at lhannawi@alamo.edu or by phone at 210-486-3329.
The Cosmetology AAS program at Palo Alto College meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Texas.  The college has not yet determined whether the program meets the educational requirements for licensure in other states or territories, but that determination is underway and the information by state or territory will be updated regularly.

Contact

Information

Lydia Hannawi
Academic Director

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 225)

Phone:
210-486-3329