September 28, 2022

Coastal Bend College

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Cosmetology at Coastal Bend College

Cosmetology AAS degree seeking students will receive cosmetology training, providing skills and knowledge for entry level employment as a Cosmetologist. Courses include: Orientation, Fundamentals, Artistry of Hair, Hair Color Theory and Chemistry, Chemical Reformation, Nail Technology, Skin/Facial Theory, Hair Design, Salon Development, and Preparation for Cosmetology Commission Examination.

Students will receive an overview of the skills and knowledge necessary for the field of Cosmetology. Basic fundamentals of cosmetology include: safety and sanitation, service preparation, manicure, facial, chemical services, shampoo, haircut, wet styling and comb out.

Students will be introduced to the basic theory and chemistry of hair color, including law of color, terminology, and chemical composition of hair color products. Students will be introduced to principles of nail technology, including anatomy and physiology, theory, and skills related to nail technology.

Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of situations and problems while working independently and in teams in a highly skilled and challenging profession. Using empirical and quantitative skills, students will meet challenges in the rapidly growing high tech sector of the profession. This exciting profession offers career pathways in all of the areas of Cosmetology and prepares students for entry into the lucrative field of Cosmetology. This diversity of job opportunities allows students to adapt their intrinsic social and personal responsibility ideals into a profession with unlimited advancement potential.

Students will develop skills to pass the State Board Exam. Students will develop knowledge of the Cosmetology Industry and be encouraged to critically think about the global impact of the Cosmetology Industry. Students will engage in projects to develop their communication and quantitative thinking as applied to industry, standard practices, and procedures. Students will review and discuss social responsibility of the industry as it pertains to the environment, employees, safety, sanitation practice, and personal responsibility.

Program Cost & Highlights:

  • A one-year (three semester) program with an average class size of 25 students at CBC Beeville, Kingsville & Pleasanton locations
  • In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $700-$800 for uniforms, course/lab fees and program materials
  • Students will have their own salon work station where they apply their classroom learning to clients and fellow students
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify


Career Outlook:

  • Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region is $14.20**
  • Companies that have hired our program graduates include Smart Styles, Super Cuts and locally owned salons
  • Many program graduates have become entrepreneurs and opened their own salon/business
  • 98% of graduates pass the TDLR to become licensed cosmetologists

*Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.


Associate of Applied Science- Cosmetology

Certificate Level I- Cosmetology (39 hours)

Certificate Level I- Cosmetology Instructor (25 hours)