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Cosmetology Schools in Missouri with Course Descriptions

Jul 31, 2019

Missouri has more than 40 schools that offer cosmetology programs. Learn about the courses, tuition information and program options for 4 non-profit schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Students in Missouri must complete a training program in cosmetology and related trades in order to qualify for licensing. Such programs do not result in an educational award, but rather are geared specifically towards certification requirements. As a result, students spend most of their time learning and practicing skills in a hands-on environment, often able to interact with real clients through a cooperative work agreement or an on-campus salon. Students may be required to provide their own tools of the trade.

Of the 120 non-profit schools in Missouri, only 4 offer cosmetology programs. The cosmetology programs at these schools offer 1,220 training hours as part of their curricula.

Herndon Career Center

Located in Raytown, Herndon Career Center offers a full-day program that can be completed in a year. To remain in the program, a 90% attendance record along with a 2.0 GPA or higher is necessary. Students can expect to study salesmanship, communication, safety, sanitation and sterilization methods, skincare, nail care, chemical applications, and hair cutting. Supplies for this program must be bought by the students.

Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center

Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center, situated in the city of Poplar Bluff, offers a cosmetology and manicure program, a manicure program, an esthetician program, and a cosmetology instructor training program. Cosmetology courses cover scalp treatment, hair setting, hair styling, manicuring, salesmanship, hair coloring, shampooing and hair cutting. After completing the cosmetology and manicure program, students can take on additional training hours at the school for licensing purposes. These options include earning 150 or 280 extra clock hours. The cosmetology instructor program gives students the opportunity to practice teaching and understand the basic foundations of teaching cosmetology, while the esthetician and manicure programs go focus on these specialties.

Warrensburg Area Career Center

Located in Warrensburg, the Warrensburg Area Career Center has a cosmetology program that lasts from August to May. Students meet 5 times a week and must pass a pre-entrance aptitude test. Additional entry requirements include being in good health, having good moral character, being at least 17 years or older and having the equivalent of a 10th-grade education. Once in the program, students study shampooing and rinses, anatomy and physiology, bacteriology, hair styling, cosmetic chemistry, hair shaping, and permanent waves. Additionally, the center offers an instructor trainee course that lasts 300 hours and can be taken by licensed cosmetologists.

Waynesville Career Center

A cosmetology program can be pursued in Waynesville at the Waynesville Career Center. Normally, students in this program meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. This allows students to get experience in a practical setting on a daily basis. Upon being accepted, students have to buy a kit with the necessary cosmetology tools. When tests or training sessions aren't being held, the cosmetology clinic at this school offers cosmetology services to the public. Students typically conduct these services.

Career Requirements

To receive a state cosmetology license, students must be 17 years of age or older, have the equivalent of a 10th-grade education, pass an examination and complete 3,000 hours of an apprenticeship program or 1,500 hours of a cosmetology school program. In both cases, those programs would have to be approved by the state board.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Cosmetology Programs and Courses Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Herndon Career Center < 2-year, public; large suburb Cosmetology Program Not Available*
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center < 2-year, public; remote town Cosmetology and Manicure Program,
Cosmetology and Manicure Additional Hours Training (including options for 150 or 280 additional clock hours),
Esthetician Program,
Cosmetology Instructor Training Program,
Manicure Program
$7,334*
Warrensburg Area Career Center < 2-year, public; distant town Cosmetology Program,
Cosmetology Instructor Course
$13,214*
Waynesville Career Center < 2-year, public; remote town Cosmetology Program $2,900**

Source: *NCES College Navigator,** school's website

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