Palomar Institute of Cosmetology can give you in-depth training on the skills needed in the beauty industry. After you graduate, you should be ready to pass your licensing exam and launch a successful career in the beauty industry.

Our 1,600-hour cosmetology program is designed to blend theory and hands-on training with valuable work experience on the student salon floor. You’ll learn the fundamentals of hair care, skincare, and nail technology and gain a valuable foundation in business and ethics.

Here’s what you’ll learn in cosmetology school:


The Cosmetology Course prepares the student for the State Board Examination. The student will receive practical training and technical instruction in the areas of hair, skincare and nails. Potential occupations for graduates of this course include Cosmetologist, Hairstylist, Hair Color Specialist, Esthetician, Waxing Specialist, Manicurist, Salon Manager/Owner, Makeup Artist, Fashion Show Stylist, Platform Artist and Educator, Perm Specialist, Nail Care Artists, School Instructor, Salon Coordinator, Salon Sales Consultant, Manufacturer Sales Representative, Director of Education, Distributor’s Sales Representative, Photo and Movie Stylist, Beauty Magazine Writer, Beauty Magazine Editor, Cosmetology School Owner, Beauty Care Marketing, Salon Franchisee, Salon Chain Management, Beauty Care Distributor, Salon Computer Expert, Beauty Care PR Specialist, Research Chemist, Beauty Product Designer, Beauty Business Consultant, and Trade Show Director.

If you’re serious about training for a new career in the beauty industry, nothing should hold you back! Palomar Institute of Cosmetology offers both day and evening classes, along with various forms of financial aid, so you can live your life while you pursue your dream.

Call (760) 744-7900 option 5 or use our contact form to learn more about becoming a student at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology.

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State Requirements

The curriculum for students enrolled in a cosmetology course shall consist of 1,600 hours of technical instruction and practical training covering all practices constituting the art of cosmetology pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act.

For the purpose of this section, technical instruction shall mean instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination; practical operation shall mean the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or on a mannequin. Practical training shall mean the time it takes to perform a practical operation. Technical and practical training shall include the following hours and/or operations:


Cosmetology curriculum requirement breakdown (1600 Total clock hours)Minimum hours of technical instruction requiredMinimum practical operations required
Permanent waving and chemical straightning40105
Hair coloring and bleaching6050
Hair cutting2080
Laws and regulations20-
Health and safety regulations45-
Disinfection and sanitation10-
Anatomy and Physiology15-
Manual, electrical and chemical facials2540
Eyebrow beautification and makeup2530
Manicuring and pedicuring1025
Artificial nails and wraps25120(nails)