Would you like a career that gives most graduates their choice of jobs right away?

Riverland program graduates have many job opportunities waiting when they complete the program. Imagine the pleasure of being able to choose the job you really want. This career offers constant variety and challenges as licensed professionals stay in touch with the latest style trends.

Cosmetology is the art and science of beauty care and is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Students must complete 1,550 hours of cosmetology training in a licensed school, pass a state board written test and the Certification of Skills test to become licensed. Training covers all aspects of hair and skin and nail care in a state of the art salon environment. Minnesota statutes and rules, laws, chemistry, anatomy, trichology, dermatology, and safety/sanitation are key elements of this program. Students also take classes in retailing, business fundamentals and workplace human relations.

Riverland instructors are licensed by both the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Our typical student to teacher ratio is just 17 to 1, which means plenty of personal attention. We focus on students as individuals rather than as a group. You can look forward to being ready to style your career in the way that suits you best!

Location: Austin
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Three Semesters and One Summer Session
Faculty: Rhonda Besel, Lisa Simon

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Cosmetology program page at

Required Core Courses

COSM1100 Cosmetology Basic Practices 3 CR
COSM1105 Introduction to Hair Design 3 CR
COSM1110 Manicuring Techniques 3 CR
COSM1115 Chemical Procedures 4 CR
COSM1116 Preclinical: Cosmetology 4 CR
COSM1125 Hair Coloring Techniques 5 CR
COSM1130 Skin Care 5 CR
COSM1135 Licensing Preparation 3 CR
COSM1255 Fundamentals of Selling and Business Opportunities 3 CR
COSM1120 Clinical I 5 CR
COSM1140 Clinical II 6 CR
COSM1145 Practical Skills Assessment: Cosmetology 3 CR
COSM1150 Clinical III: Cosmetology 3 CR
COSM1160 Clinical IV 2 CR
COSM1162 Clinical V 2 CR
COSM1164 Clinical VI 2 CR
COSM1166 Clinical VII 2 CR
COSM1168 Clinical VIII 2 CR