Cosmetology is the art and the science, as well as the business, of beauty care and thus offers students a variety of career opportunities. Students completing the program can choose to be general cosmetologists or to excel in their area of expertise such as perming and cutting, hair care and coloring, or skin and nail care. This program welcomes both men and women. Students of the Cosmetology program will receive a combination of classroom and laboratory work with the opportunity to practice their skills on mannequins and actual customers who come to the campus clinic/salon. Acquired cosmetology hours or credits earned and documented from other licensed colleges, whether in or out of state, may be accepted, upon approval of the Minnesota Board of Barbering and Cosmetologists. Graduates holding a valid cosmetology license are also eligible for employment on tourist ships and in other unique employment settings. Academically, courses in Biology, Chemistry, English, Math and Business are necessary in preparing for a career in Cosmetology. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetologists, which is the cosmetology licensing body, requires 1550 hours of clinical time in order to become licensed in the State of Minnesota. Upon completion of 1550 hours and passing of the state exam, a license will be issued.