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Are you are a fashion-forward, stylish, and creative individual? Our one year program begins each August and runs to the following May.
Are you are a fashion-forward, stylish, and creative individual?

Northeastern's one year program begins each August and runs to the following May. 

Students must earn 1500 clock hours/53 Credits as required by the Colorado Cosmetology/Barber Board for state licensing examination eligibility. Upon successful completion of the program students earn a certificate and become eligible to register for the state exam.

What you'll learn:

  • Endless hair design possibilities in cut and color
  • Trends and new releases for the industry
  • Skin's beauty, quality and care
  • Communication and interactive people skills
  • Business savvy, how to maximize your earning power, profit at your fingertips
  • Natural nail cultivation
  • Nail enhancements and extensions
  • Spa manicures and pedicures
  • Interview and resume skills
  • Interactive training with manufacturer educators
  • All the skills you need to help you provide your clients with solutions in beauty wellness.
Transfer Degrees
Workforce Ready

Barber Crossover Certificate

13 Credits


54 Credits
Get your license
Cosmetology Program Features

More than 90% of the students who complete the cosmetology program at Northeastern and sit for the state exam are successful in getting their license.

Exclusive Professional Student Kits

Exclusive Professional Student Kit are selected to include high-end professional tools of the trade such as shears, texture shears, clippers, blow-dryer, irons, brushes, and state-of-the-art mannequins.

Professional Products

Professional Products are used in the classroom and in the Student Salon, providing students knowledge and expertise of current products utilized in the industry. Additionally, students gain valuable network connections with various industry sales representatives.

Professional Trained Educators

Teachers are focused on your success! Your instructors are talented experts with access to a network of industry professionals and an Advisory Board to keep abreast of the latest trends in cosmetology education, current teaching methods, and industry educational events. All instructors maintain a current Cosmetology license and actively work in salons.

More about the Program

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 89,400 openings for barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


The need for barbers and hairdressers will stem primarily from demand for basic hair care services. In addition, an increased demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments is expected to continue over the projections decade.

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists will continue to compete with providers of specialized services, such as nail and skin care. Consumers often choose manicurists and pedicurists and skincare specialists for these services, rather than to visit hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists for them. Still, employment is expected to grow to meet increased demand for personal appearance services.

he median hourly wage for barbers was $16.82 in May 2022. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $11.00, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $29.29.

The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $16.01 in May 2022. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.48, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $28.88.


In May 2022, the median hourly wages for barbers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Personal care services$16.77

In May 2022, the median hourly wages for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Personal care services$16.28
Retail trade$12.80

Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists may receive tips from customers. These tips are included in the wage data shown.

Most barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists work full time, although part-time work is common. Work schedules may vary and often include evenings and weekends—times when beauty salons and barbershops may be busiest. Those who are self-employed and operate their own barbershop or salon may have long workdays, but they usually determine their own schedules,

  1. List procedures demonstrating proper disinfection and sanitation requirements and properly store supplies and equipment for services as defined under Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) Division of Cosmetology Licensure Laws, Rules and Regulations. (consultation area, hand washing, table set up).
  2. Complete a client consultation, analysis, and proper set up.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of implements, cosmetics, and materials used.
  4. Identify the structure, diseases, disorders and proper analysis of the hair, skin and nails.


Martha Conner
Cosmetology Faculty
Martha Conner
Tyanne Kembel
Tyanne Kembel


Shelby Winchell
Dean of Career and Technical Education and Head Rodeo Coach
Photo of Shelby Winchell she has brown shoulder length hair wearing a pink shirt and eye glasses.