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The Cosmetology Profession helps people look and feel their best. Our Cosmetology Department offers a team of talented instructors who train full time students of all ages. Our students are anxious to work in this exciting and rewarding industry. We believe education is an adventure and the learning experience needs to be progressive and fun!

The Cosmetology program is 2100 hours with an option of a 1500 hour exit point.  Students will be trained in hair, skin, and nail care and will study the fundamentals of cosmetology and apply knowledge in the Cosmetology Lab-a fully operational salon on the Lake Area Tech campus. Students will incorporate the latest techniques and technical talents while cutting, coloring, shaping, and designing hair. In addition, students will also apply make up and perform manicures, pedicures, and facials. During the year, the Cosmetology program sponsors on-campus cosmetology events during which experts in the field share the latest trends in the industry. All students are required to take a two-part state board exam after completion of the program.

Imagine a career that is rewarding and gratifying every day. You could work as a stylist, research technician, competition artist, manufacturer’s representative, salon owner or manager, school owner or instructor.


All students are required to take a board examination administered by the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission. Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.

Ready to start your career in Cosmetology? Schedule a tour with us!