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 1,200-hour Cosmetology program is designed to blend theory and hands-on training with valuable work experience on the student salon floor. You will learn the fundamentals of hair care, skincare, and nail technology and gain a valuable foundation in business and ethics.

Here is what you will learn in the Cosmetology program:


The Cosmetology program 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.

Palomar Institute of Cosmetology offers both day and evening classes, along with various forms of financial aid.

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 Curriculum Requirements

Pursuant to B&P 7362.5(c) the curriculum for a cosmetology course shall, at a minimum, include technical and practical instruction in the following areas: MINIMUM HOURS
Health and Safety: Including instruction on hazardous substances, chemical safety, safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals, preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and regulations, and preventing communicable diseases.

Board Approved Health & Safety Course (B&P 7389(a))
: Including instruction on hazardous substances, basic labor laws, and physical and sexual assault awareness.
Disinfection and Sanitation: Including instruction on disinfection procedures to protect the health and safety of consumers as well as the technician and proper disinfection procedures for equipment used in establishments. 100
Chemical Hair Services: Including instruction on coloring, straightening, waving, bleaching, hair analysis, predisposition and strand tests, safety precautions, formula mixing, and the use of dye removers. 200
Hairstyling Services: Including instruction on arranging, blow drying, cleansing, curling, dressing, hair analysis, shampooing, waving, and nonchemical straightening, and hair cutting, including the use of shears, razors, electrical clippers and trimmers, and thinning shears, for wet and dry cutting. 200
Skin Care: Including instruction on chemical and manual facials and massaging, stimulating, exfoliating, cleansing, or beautifying the face, scalp, neck, or body by the use of hands, esthetic devices, cosmetic products, antiseptics, lotions, tonics, or creams that do not result in the ablation or destruction of the live tissue. 150
Hair Removal and Lash and Brow Beautification: Including instruction on tinting and perming eyelashes and brows and applying eyelashes to any person, and includes removing superfluous hair from the body of any person by use of depilatories, tweezers, sugaring, nonprescription chemicals, or waxing, or by the use of devices and appliances of any kind or description, except by the use of lasers or light waves, which are commonly known as rays. 50
Manicure and Pedicure: Including instruction on water and oil manicures, hand and arm massage, foot and ankle massage, nail analysis, and artificial nail services, including, but not limited to, acrylic, liquid and powder brush-ons, dip, tips, wraps, and repairs. 100
Once the minimum required hours have been met, it is up to the school to determine what subject(s) they will allocate additional hours to meet the 1000-hour requirement for the course.
Advanced Hours in Palomar Institute of Cosmetology CurriculumAdditional Hours
Salon Success: Including training on the clinic floor as well as job search skills including how to write a resume, complete an employment application and prepare for an effective interview. 300