Technical Diploma

Why choose Cosmetology?

  • When a beauty professional connects with their clients, making them look and feel great triggers a personal transformation.
  • Do you have a creative streak? Cosmetologists are the artists who dream up dynamic, eye-popping looks for any occasion and master techniques to flatter every face.
  • Because cosmetology is so frequently about trends and change, it’s a great career for creative people who love to learn.
Cosmetologists cut and style hair and perform color treatments and chemical texture services. They also administer facials, perform manicures and pedicures, and apply makeup. But if you’ve ever had a great haircut or an elegant manicure you know that beauty services are really about people. When a beauty professional connects with their clients, making them look and feel great triggers a personal transformation.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

Combined with successful completion of the state licensing exam, Mid-State’s Cosmetology program provides the theory and practice you need to build your cosmetology career. Students study hair cutting, perming/relaxing, and styling, as well as facial and scalp treatments, barbering, makeup, pedicuring, manicuring, and more. The program emphasizes sanitation and safety.

You’ll learn from experienced instructors, guest lectures, demonstrations, industry representatives, and platform artists. Your practice will progress from working on mannequins to providing services in the on-campus salon. Many other hands-on opportunities are available, including job shadowing.

Mid-State’s Cosmetology program prepares students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,612.50
  • Books: $384.80
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $1,315.10
  • Total Estimated Cost: $7,312.40

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31502347 Haircolor 3
  31502334 Hairstyling 3
  31502335 Haircutting 3
  31502336 Chemical Texture Services 3
  31502337 Nail Technology 1
  31502340 Facials 1
  Term Total   14 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31502316 Theory of General Sciences 1
  31502338 Salon Operations 1
  31502342 Capstone Experience 3
  31502343 Salon Client Relations 4
  31502344 Salon Ecology & Industry Trends 4
  Term Total   13 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31502349 Salon Communication & Management 3
  31502350 Salon Sales & Marketing 3
  Term Total   6 Credits
  Program Total   33 Credits



Stacy received a bachelor of arts degree in 2014 from Concordia University Wisconsin. She also received her technical diploma for Cosmetology in 1997. Stacy worked for a corporate salon in addition to owning her own salon before pursuing her teaching career. She is currently a full-time instructor and program director at Mid-State for the Cosmetology and Barber Technologist programs. She believes in hard work and is very dedicated to the cosmetology industry. She enjoys sharing her passion for the industry in the classroom.

“Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”

Josephine has taught as a cosmetology and barber instructor since 2018. During this time, she has also owned her own business/chair rental to provide services to her clients, allowing her to keep up with industry trends and better teach her students.

“Being a cosmetology/barber instructor is a very rewarding career. It’s one of the best feelings to be able to watch your students learn and grow into professionals from the first to last day of classes.”


  • Cosmetologist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist
  • Barber
  • Cosmetic Sales
  • Esthetician
  • Nail Technician



High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“I couldn't have asked for a better education. My instructors were some of the most incredible people, and they were willing to do whatever was necessary to help everyone.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Cosmetology Pathway