Which Chicago Schools Offer Cosmetology Programs?

Find schools in the Chicago area offering cosmetology programs. Learn what different cosmetology programs are offered in this area and what these programs will entail. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology? To begin your career, you will need professional education in order to gain a cosmetology license. Here is information, including enrollment requirements and costs, about some schools in the Chicago area that provide cosmetology certificate and associate's degree programs.

What You Need to Know

For licensing purposes, you will need to complete an approved cosmetology program to begin your career as a hairdresser or cosmetologist. Programs in this field typically result in a certificate, though some schools do offer 2-year degrees in this field. A couple of community colleges in and near Chicago, IL, provide both types of programs. The only difference between the certificate and associate degree program is that the latter contains general education coursework.

As a student of a cosmetology program, you will learn how to style and color hair as well as treat nails and skin through instruction as well as hands-on learning experiences at on-site or local salons. You could also learn about the business side of salon ownership. You can complete one of these programs in two years or less. Find out more about these programs and schools here and decide which avenue of study best fits your expected career path.

Certificate Programs in Cosmetology in the Chicago Area

College of DuPage

A cosmetology certificate program is available through the College of DuPage at its Addison and Naperville locations. You take courses in salon sanitation and safety, hairstyling, salon operations and chemical services. Clinical hours are included as part of the program and upon completion, you can seek a cosmetology license.

  • Program: Certificate in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
  • Program Length: 6 semesters (including 2 summer semesters)
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,275 for in-district students; $10,885 for out-of-district students; $12,985 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Must place into categories one or two on reading test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 29,500 students (all undergraduate)

Harry S. Truman College

The advanced certificate program in cosmetology at Harry S. Truman College meets the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation requirements for becoming a licensed cosmetologist. As part of the program, you complete lab hours in an on-site styling salon, as well as courses in hair styling, shaping and tinting. You also learn how to treat nails and skin. As a cosmetology student, you can earn an Associate in General Studies by completing additional coursework, including 20 credit hours of general education classes. If you want to earn the associate degree, you need to meet with an advisor to discuss which additional courses are necessary.

  • Program: Advanced Certificate in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
  • Program Length: One to two years
  • Tuition and fees: $3,506 for in-district students; $8,126 for out-of-district students; $11,906 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,600 students (all undergraduate)

Associate Degree Programs in Cosmetology in the Chicago Area

College of DuPage

The associate degree program in cosmetology requires students to complete a total of 64 credits, as opposed to the 46 credits required for the certificate program. As part of the associate program, you complete 18 credits of general education courses in addition to the same cosmetology coursework required for the certificate. The program is available at both the Naperville and Addison centers.

  • Program: Associate in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
  • Program Length: 6 semesters (including 2 summer semesters)
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,275 for in-district students; $10,885 for out-of-district students; $12,985 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Must place into categories one or two on reading test; Must pass writing exam
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 29,500 students (all undergraduate)

In conclusion, if you are ready to begin your career as a licensed cosmetologist, both the College of DuPage and Harry S. Truman College provide the education you will need to achieve your goals.

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