39-5012 Hairdresser, Hairstylist & Cosmetology

1,250 Hours

If you are stylish, creative, enjoy working with people, making them feel better about their look, you need to explore Cosmetology as your future career.

Our 1250 hour Cosmetology Program will educate future cosmetologists in the general skills of hairdressing, nail care, skin care, and makeup. The program includes lectures, demonstrations, student practical and theory work, and written and practical evaluations. The student will complete their first level of training in ten weeks of school.

The first level is comprised of learning specific hands on techniques. After completion of level 1 and 300 hours of training, student will move on to the student salon floor. Our large client base gives the students a great deal of experience in cutting, foiling, perming, styling, and coloring services. Student are held to our high standards to hone their skills and be ready to transition into the Salon Industry immediately upon graduating.

2024-25 Cosmetology Class Schedule Starting Dates

  • July 8, 2024
  • Sept 9, 2024
  • Nov 4, 2024
  • Jan 6, 2025
  • Mar 3, 2025
  • May 5, 2025
  • July 7, 2025
  • Sept 8, 2025
  • Nov 10, 2025


We do not promote a single product brand. We work with numerous product lines and manufacturers to offer students a broad exposure to the industry. Altoona Beauty School is proud to be a Wella Professional School Member.

We are able to offer our students superior products and best in class educational materials, along with world renowned haircutting and finishing educational opportunities. Along with Wella we are dedicated to producing graduates equipped for immediate success in the world of beauty.

Our students are fortunate to obtain a great deal of hands on experience in the Student Salon each day. All aspects of hair, nails, skin care, and makeup are done on the public during our Student Salon hours. Student’s hone their craft thru this practice, learn time management,  up servicing, product recommending, and re-booking to make them ready for employment immediatley after graduation.

Altoona Beauty School exposes students to current trends from Salon Industry Professionals who visit as Guest Artists to educate classes during their training. Altoona Beauty School also attends local, state, and international hair shows by way of field trips which students may participate.

We are proud to announce that our newest addition to our curriculum is MUD Make-up designory. Our MUD certified instructors will bring the best in make-up education while using the MUD professional products.


Nuts and Bolts

You are considering enrolling in a Nuts and Bolts Member School. That’s a smart choice for a lot of reasons.


Choosing the right place to begin your career is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Choose wisely, make sure you get the right return on your investment, and make sure you choose a school that will prepare you for success.


What are YOU looking for in a cosmetology school? The old days are gone…it’s not enough to go to a school that will simply teach you technical skills, you need to be trained in business as well. Thanks to the Nuts and Bolts Cornerstone Teaching System you can expect real-world business training at this Nuts and Bolts Member School.

Business skills are critical in the beauty industry. We already know that you have

the characteristics of a true Salon and Spa professional – you think like an entrepreneur and are most likely a self-starter. We know this because you’re already considering beginning your career at a Nuts and Bolts Member School.

By using the Cornerstone Teaching System, a Nuts and Bolts Member School teaches you how to act and think like a business-person in order to maximize your chances for success.

A Nuts and Bolts education includes comprehensive training in personal development, retailing in the beauty industry, critical customer service skills, building a clientele, essential business basics for running a salon or spa, and how to find, land, and succeed in your first job.


  • Do you want a competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace?

Do you want a program that builds your confidence, treats you like the professional you are, and helps you learn the business skills you need to succeed?

  • Do you want a school that stands apart from the competition and gives you access to exclusive business training and job placement opportunities?

If you answered YES to these questions, then choose a Nuts & Bolts School TODAY!


Full time and Part time students are acceptable. Full time students can complete the course in nine months. Part time students can complete in fifteen months. Begin your “creative” career today. Enroll in our Cosmetology Program call (814)942-3141 with any question you may have.

Housing & Food (Living Expenses)

$241 (dependent)
$1403 (independent)

Books - Course Materials - Supplies - Equipment


Hours Breakdown
Your Professional Image30 hrs
Bacteriology, Sterilization, Sanitation55 hrs
Properties of Hair and Scalp35 hrs
Draping and Shampooing40 hrs
Haircutting195 hrs
Fingerwaving20 hrs
Wet hairstyling50 hrs
Thermal Hairstyling50 hrs
Permanent Waving20 hrs
Hair Coloring and LIghtending140 hrs
Wigs and Hairpieces15 hrs
Manicuring and Nail Disorders100 hrs
Skin and Disorders50 hrs
Facials and Makeup5 hrs
Removing Unwanted Hair20 hrs
Cells, Anatomy, Physiology50 hrs
Electricity25 hrs
Chemistry50 hrs
Salon Management50 hrs
State Laws50 hrs
Rules and Regulations50 hrs
Total1,250 hours

Student Testimonials

  • This school has been more than amazing to me. You can really tell that the employees love their
    jobs and want the best education for everyone. I’m really glad I chose this school because I feel
    very confident with my knowledge and education along with the training procedures. I will
    absolutely recommend this school to potential students. Thank you for helping me begin my
    dream career!


    This school has given me so many opportunities. It has helped me one on one with many things
    I’ve struggled with. I would recommend this school and the staff to anyone who is interested or
    asks. The best education I could have asked for.
    Coming here was a great experience and about my disabilities which have me so much hope in
    working in the industry even while I am handicapped. Coach Becca was absolutely inspiring and
    is so dedicated to her students. I wouldn’t change a thing about my time spent here!!

  • Everyone was so helpful throughout my time here and was so kind to me dealing with outside
    responsibilities. I cannot than Jen enough for everything
    Awesome program! I don’t want to leave. Made great memories and met great people. Learned
    a bunch. I am very excited to start working. Becca is a great instructor- Thank you!!


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