1250 hours

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.

Industry Certifications:

  • Cosmetologist, Manicurist, Cosmetology Instructor
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

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, 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
ACE Cosmetology

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

Career Pathways:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Nail Technician