Licensed Cosmetology


Students in the Licensed Cosmetology program study topics such as:  safety, history, careers, professionalism, infection control, chemistry, PA State Cosmetology law, salon business, and anatomy & physiology.  In addition, students are training in hair care skills such as shampooing, hair cutting, styling, braiding, perming, relaxing, coloring, foiling, extensions, and up-dos.  Instruction also includes the care of hands and nails, feet and toes, skin and makeup artistry.  Students practice these techniques on mannequins, practice hands, or people. 

During their junior and senior year, students participate in clinical experience by demonstrating services on customers at the cosmetology clinic-“Spartan Spa”. 

Upon completion of 1250 hours, a transcript of 75% of higher in the course, and an Official Criminal Record History check, students are able to take the State Board Examination, which is required for licensing.


  • Pennsylvania Cosmetologist License

What will I learn? 

Students will master competencies in the Licensed Cosmetology curriculum, which will include:

  • Safety, Sanitation, Infection Control 
  • Anatomy & Physiology, Hair, Nail and Skin Structure
  • Manicuring, Pedicuring, and Nail Enhancements
  • Facials, Hair Removal and Makeup Application
  • Shampooing and Conditioning
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Hair Cutting & Styling
  • Hair Extensions and Wigs
  • Chemical Texturizing - Permanent Waves, Chemical Relaxing, Reformation
  • Hair Coloring and Lightening
  • Salon Business

Potential Career Opportunities:

Licensed Cosmetology

Post-Secondary Education:

There are several programs that can provide you with ways to earn a college degree in less time and for less money.  One way is through SOAR – Students Occupationally and Academically Ready.  These are free college credits earned while at York Tech.  These are called articulated credits and these can save you time and money.  Please click below to see the credits you are eligible to earn through this program.

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Students at York Tech are required to wear a uniform.   Please click below for information regarding your technical uniform.

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Contact the Instructors:

Mrs. Melissa Chapman                 

Ms. Meranda Rodenhaber