Build Your Story in Cosmetology

The WACTC Cosmetology program follows curriculum mandated by the Rhode Island Department of Health and includes not only skill-based courses in hair, nail and makeup, but also business, anatomy and best-practices classes to prepare graduates for real world application of their education.

Students who successfully complete the 1500 hour course of study can take the exam to receive a Rhode Island Cosmetology License. This is the same license awarded through post-secondary schools.

The WACTC Cosmetology program also has an articulation agreement with Empire Beauty School.


The curriculum is mandated by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Cosmetology is a three year course. Students must complete 1500 hours under a cosmetology instructor’s license.

Year One

Students will learn the history of cosmetology. Professional image and behavior, communication techniques and infection control are also topics covered within the first year. Students will learn the procedures of manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, facials, applying makeup, roller sets, perms, cap highlighting, basic foiling, and basic haircutting all in their first year.

Year Two

Students will learn anatomy and physiology, skin structure, growth, and disorders, nail structure, growth, and disorders, chemical texture services, hair coloring, hair removal, braiding and extensions, and properties of the hair and scalp. Students will continue to practice basic techniques, working toward mastery of the procedures and proper timing. Students will also learn the procedures of waxing, braiding techniques, UV gel nails, hair coloring, advanced foil techniques, and advanced haircutting and detailing.

Year Three

Students will finish up the cosmetology book early in the third year, with business skills, networking, resumes, portfolios, exploring employment, and preparing for the State Board Exam. This year students will work on clientele in the school salon, under the guidance of the cosmetology instructor. Student will also practice for the practical portion of the State Board Exam weekly.