This program is designed in compliance with the rules, regulations and state-mandated curriculum of the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. Cosmetologists practice the art and science of improving beauty through the care and treatment of skin, hair, and nails. Graduates of this program are well-prepared cosmetologists with excellent employment prospects.
The curriculum provides hands-on training in bacteriology/ sterilization, manicuring, artificial nails, draping of clients, shampoo, scalp treatment, hairstyling, haircolor, permanent wave/chemical relaxers, haircutting, facials/make-up, mock state boards, wigs, receptionist duties, salon management, electricity, anatomy/physiology and ethnic hair care. If students finish the required 1,250 hours of the core program, students may elect to receive training to become a cosmetology instructor and participate in a student teaching program.
BCTC students, under the supervision of licensed instructors, hold cosmetology clinics that are open to the public. The clinics provide students with real world experience by performing basic salon services for customers such as haircutting, styling, permanent waves, various color services, manicuring, and facials. The clinics provide students with invaluable experience that helps further prepare them for the workplace.
The Cosmetology program is regulated and licensed through the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. To complete the approved curriculum, students must document 1,250 hours of instruction in the program.
Instruction of 1,250 hours qualifies the student for the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, the student then becomes a licensed cosmetologist or nail technician in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is qualified for employment in a full service salon or advanced licensing in teaching.
* The cost of Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Licensing is not included in the tuition.
- Cosmetologist, Manicurist, Cosmetology Instructor
- OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
Required Safety Gear
· One Black V-Neck Scrub Top with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Black Draw-String Scrub Pants – proper fitting and no holes
· One Color Apron (Purchased through Kit)
|One solid black full length shirt w/sleeves||
Black, leather, nurse-type shoes or ALL black leather sneakers (no canvas)
Black or flesh-colored nylons or black socks
PLEASE NOTE: Textbook is included in required cosmetology kit. Your program instructor will provide more information at New Student Orientation.
Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment
|Quantity Needed||Level 1, 2, or 3||Approximate Cost||Suggested Vendor|
|Footwear Requirement: Black, leather, clean nurse-type working shoes or ALL black leather sneakers (No canvas). Black or flesh-colored nylons or clean, black socks.||1 pair||Levels 1, 2, & 3||TBD||Any store|
|Cosmetology Kit||1 kit||Level 1||$603.00 (+ $30 for orders placed and paid after July 30th, 2021)||MUST purchase from BeautySchoolStore.com, Register an account, Registration Code SLK304958|
|Shampoo & Conditioner, Gel, Hairspray, and Polish Remover (manikin use)||1 of each||Level 1||$15.00||Any store|
|Small Lock for Kit||1||Level 1||$3.00||Any store|
|Non-Latex Gloves||1 box||Level 2||$5.00||Any store|
|Black and Silver Sharpie||1 of each||Level 1||$1.00||Any store|
|2″, 3-Ring Binder||1||Level 1||$10.00||Any store|
|Pack of Notebook Paper||1||Level 1||$3.00||Any store|
|Hand Lotion, Assorted Polishes (must have at least one sheer nude or pink for French manicure, red, black, and white), Cuticle Remover||1 of each||Level 1||$10.00 – $15.00||Any store|
|Aluminum Foil||1||Level 1||$3.00||Any store|
Program Entrance Recommendations:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Algebra I or Geometry
- Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
- Ability to work independently and in a team
- Hand-eye coordination, depth and color perception
- Artistic ability / creativity
- Cosmetology Instructor
- Nail Technician