Independence, MO

Cosmetology (Hair & Nails) in Independence, MO

Cosmetology Class Start Dates

*December 30, 2014  –  *February 17, 2015  –  *April 7, 2015  –  *May 26, 2015  –      *July 14, 2015  –  *September 1, 2015  –  *October 20, 2015  –  *December 8, 2015

Independence College of Cosmetology is a Pivot Point member school.
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Hairdressing / Nails – 1,500 HOURS

Course Description

This cosmetology course is 1,500 hours as required by Missouri law. Full time attendance is five days per week, seven hours per day, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one hour lunch break, equaling a 35-hour week. Part-time attendance is five days per week, four hours per day Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and seven hours on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one hour lunch break, for a 23-hour week.  This course is taught in English.

During the freshman class, students learn the technical skills and theory of hairdressing, hair cutting, business, manicuring, product knowledge, Salon Success and Missouri State Law. We base the curriculum on the Pivot Point training system and our professional experience since opening the College in 1960.

Sophomore time splits between the student salon and the classroom. Students to utilize the basic skills learned in the freshman class, along with continued mannequin work, to prepare for the State Board Exam. Sophomores are eligible for clients in the student salon in the afternoons and on Saturdays. Students spend their time in class learning the technical skills and theory of hair coloring, permanent waving, hair cutting, iron curling, chemical relaxing, pedicuring, waxing and make-up. Emphasis is placed on the study of hair structure and hair chemistry to help students better understand what they are working on as well as the chemicals they are working with.

Junior and senior training takes place in the student salon, where students work on clients. They also continue mannequin work in preparation for the Missouri State Board Exam. Each weekday class consists of a designated theory time covering such chapters as professional relations, sanitation, skin disorders and diseases, trichology and chemical texturing. Tests are given over theory chapters as the subjects are covered. The Pivot Point coursebooks are available online and students are issued a personal keycode to access the web site.

Pivot Point Artist Access

Utilizing Pivot Point’s Designer’s Approach educational library, students have the opportunity to experience this exceptional educational system anytime, anywhere.

The Designer’s Approach system not only educates students on prudent licensure-based content, but goes beyond to deliver salon-relevant training, all promoting mindful student learning. Students have access to the sixcourse books and classroom learning materials and everything they need to build on success is available online. Students have 24/7 access to the following learning materials:

  • eBooks
  • Interactive Glossaries
  • Full-Length, Real-Time Video Modules
  • Quizzes
  • Presentations
  • Downloadable Learning and Study Tools
  • Daily Performance Tracking

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this course the graduate will have been trained to pass the Missouri State Board Exam and receive a professional cosmetology license enabling them to perform any standard cosmetology service required in the beauty salon or spa. The knowledge and skills learned will prepare graduates for work as a hair stylist, salon manager, hair colorist, salon owner, product demonstrator, manicurist or pedicurist.

Total Fee – Cosmetology
$17,450.00 Total
Our Total fee includes, Tuition, Textbooks, Tools and Equipment!

The 1,500 hours of this course is comparable to hours required by some of the surrounding states.

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Curriculum – Cosmetology

Full time attendance is defined as five days per week, seven hours per day, Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break, equaling a 35 hour week. Part time attendance is defined as five days per week, four hours per day Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7 hours on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch on Saturday, equaling a 23 hour week. Missouri law requires 1,500 hours.

This period of time is divided approximately as follows:

Subject Hours
Shampooing of all kinds 40
Hair coloring, bleaches, rinses 130
Hair cutting, shaping 130
Permanent waving, chemical relaxing 125
Hair setting, pin curls, fingerwaving, thermal curling 225
Comb-outs, hair styling techniques 105
Scalp treatments, scalp diseases 30
Facials, eyebrows, lash dyes, arches 40
Manicuring, hand and arm massage, pedicuring, foot and leg massage 110
Cosmetic chemistry 25
Salesmanship, shop management 10
Sanitation/Sterilization 30
Anatomy 20
State Law 10
Miscellaneous lectures, test reviews, psychology, motivation, etc.
(to be defined by the College)
Total 1500

Enrollment & Entrance Requirements


Classes start on Tuesday of each seventh week and the entrance requirements are as follows:

  • Must have a high school diploma, GED certificate or transcript or 12th grade high school transcript.
  • Have attained the age of 17 before applying to take the Missouri State Board Exam
  • Provide proof of age – Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or US Passport
  • Provide two character references
  • Have a personal interview with a school official and pass an entrance exam
  • Provide four 2×2 pictures, taken within the last two years.
  • $25.00 money order payable to Missouri State Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners.
  • Complete an enrollment form (supplied through the State Board of Cosmetology)
The Missouri State Board of Cosmetology requires a minimum of two years of high school before applying for the Cosmetology Course. This College requires a High School Diploma, GED certificate or 12th grade high school transcript.