Program Description

The Cosmetology Technical Diploma program includes theoretical and practical instruction to develop skills in the following areas: basic and specialty haircutting; perming, coloring, and chemical relaxing; manicuring, pedicuring, and nail enhancement application; facials, waxing, lash extensions, and makeup artistry, hair designing and styling; implements and equipment; bacteriology and sanitation; anatomy and physiology, diseases, and disorders of hair, skin and nails; barber-cosmetology chemistry; shampooing; salon operations management and state laws and rules. Learners receive training in barbering and cosmetology, and may be licensed to practice in either area.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $6,072
Books & Supplies: $2,934

Starting Salary

Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
A view of NTC's Studio Max Salon, where students learn and practice cosmetology. The space is clean and brightly lit, featuring 20 styling stations, as well as shampoo stations, manicure/pedicure chairs,and facial tables.

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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Perform skin care services
  • Perform chemical services
  • Perform nail services
  • Develop business practices for industry
  • Perform shampoo, haircut, and style service


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Esthetician
  • Barber
  • Hair Stylist
  • Nail Technician
  • Cosmetologist


The Cosmetology Technical Diploma is a 39 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Haircutting 1 4.00
Haircutting 2 4.00
Salon Principles And Services 2.00
Elements In Hair Design 2.00
Chemical Services 1 4.00

Second Term

Nail Technology 2.00
Salon Services And Implementation 2.00
Proficient Salon Services 3.00
Basic Esthetics 2.00
Salon Anatomy And Physiology 2.00
Board Prep 2.00
Chemical Services 2 3.00

Third Term

Mastery Salon Services & Job Search 4.00
Salon Operations 1.00
Cosmetology Laws 1.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Cost of Attendance

2024–2025 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semesters — Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.
Expenses Student Living With Parents (Home) Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
Living Expenses (Housing & Food) $3,008 $9,147
Books / Supplies $1,465 $1,465
Transportation $4,017 $4,017
Personal Expenses $3,608 $3,608
Loan Fees $85 $85
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2024–2025 academic year. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, the Wisconsin Resident tuition rate is $149.50 per credit and Out-of-State resident tuition is $224.25 per credit.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, Student Fees include: a minimum $5.00 material fee and a $13.15 per credit activity fee. A $4.00 per semester insurance fee will be assessed to students taking at least one course which has a scheduled session on campus.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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Additional Information

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC's Cosmetology Technical Diploma is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

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