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Express your creativity and talent in the beauty industry. Our Cosmetology program consists of 1,500 clock hours of extensive hands-on and classroom learning. Independence Community College aligns curriculum with the Kansas State Board requirements for state licensure.  Students are taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and student participation supplemented with visual aids, student exercises, and student demonstrations.

ICC West Salon

Students in the Cosmetology program operate a salon at ICC West that serves the students, employees, and community.

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About the Program

Cosmetology is made up of courses in Cosmetology, Nail Tech, and Instructor Training, and is dedicated to providing a solid foundation in the arts and disciplines of these subjects. This department offers students the options of either a three semester (50 credit) or two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree (65 credit).

The certificate permits the student to take a state Cosmetology Examination to obtain a license. After the student has completed 320 hours of schooling, appointments with clients may be scheduled to simulate a professional day in the typical salon.

The student interested in this program must meet the requirements of the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology and must pass the state examination before they can be issued a license to practice in the state of Kansas. All students enrolled in the Cosmetology program must meet the ICC admission guidelines.

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When keeping up-to-date on technology, we count on the Pivot Point Lab. This partner combines the best-in-class educational content, creativity, and a collaborative environment to enhance personal learning experiences for our students.

Upon completion of the Cosmetology program students will:
  1. The student will be able to complete 1500 clock hours in the Cosmetology Program
  2. The student will be able to successfully pass the Kansas State Board Cosmetology Written Theory exam
  3. The student will be able to successfully pass the Kansas State Board Written Practical exam
  4. Student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 

Plan of Study

Fall Semester Start:
Course title Clock hours credit hours
Scientific Concepts (COS1015) 115 5
Kansas State Law (COS1002) 50 2
Physical Services I (COS1006) 175 6
Hair Designing I    (COS1025)    5
  Term Total 18






Spring Semester
course title clock hours credit hours
Business Practices I (COS1021) 25 1
Physical Services II (COS1016) 175 6
Chemical Services I (COS1004) 135 4
Hair Designing II (COS2005) 155 5
  Term Total







Fall Semester
course title clock hours credit hours
Chemical Services II (COS2004) 160 4
Business Practices II (COS2002) 50 2
Physical Services III (COS2012) 50 2
Hair Designing III (COS2022) 50 2
Chemical Services III (COS2015) 155 5
Cosmetology Board Review (COS2001)   1
  Term Total


  TOTAL 50








AAS = Cosmetology hours + 15 additional hours required of which 15 must be ICC General Education requirements.

*Independence Community College (ICC) makes no representations regarding whether a particular program will qualify a graduate for employment in any specific position. Applicants are responsible for checking with the licensing agency in their state for specific requirements as well as investigating the expectations for any agency or employer with which they may wish to seek employment.*

Full-time Cosmetology classes start every August and must be completed in 3 semesters.  Attendance is mandatory.

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Cosmetology Student Resources

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