Course Description

Course Description:

This course introduces both fundamental theory and practices of the personal care professions including nail technicians, estheticians, barbers, and cosmetologists.  Emphasis will be placed on professional practices and safety. Areas addressed in this course include:  state rules and regulations, professional image, bacteriology, decontamination and infection control, chemistry fundamentals, safety, Hazardous Duty Standards Act compliance, and anatomy and physiology.  Students will experience basic hands on skills in each area to help them determine the pathway they are most interested in pursuing. By completing courses in the personal care services pathways, students can potentially earn credit toward the hours required by the Georgia State Board of Barbering and/or Cosmetology or hours toward their license as an esthetician or nail technician.  Pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.


Unit #

Unit Title

Timeframe (Suggested)

(MS- 18 weeks; HS- 36 weeks


Demonstrate Employability Skills



Skills USA

Weeks 1-3/ Ongoing


Demonstrate Proper Safety Procedures

Weeks 4-7


Explore History and Career Opportunities

Week 8-10


Identify and Evaluate State Laws, Rules and Regulations

Week 11-13


Display Professional Appearance in Personal Care Services.

Week 14-17


Evaluate and Apply the Regulations of Infection Control:  Principles and Practices

Weeks 18-22


Understanding Basic Chemistry Fundamentals

Weeks 23-28


Demonstrate a Working Knowledge of Anatomy as it Relates to Cosmetology

Week 29-33


Explore and Demonstrate Basic Use of Technology in Cosmetology

Week 34-36