Cosmetology training program

The Cosmetology diploma program offered at Dorsey School of Beauty combines comprehensive classroom instruction with valuable hands-on training in an actual beauty clinic (with real-life clients) for a complete educational foundation. Dorsey School of Beauty’s Cosmetology program is designed to take a student’s interest in the beauty industry to the next professional level. In the Cosmetology program, students help people look their best (as they work towards building great careers for themselves). Upon graduation, students will have had the opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of art principles, hair styling, hair cutting, and shaping, hair coloring, thermal waving and curling, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, shampooing, manicuring, scalp and facial treatments. Once licensed, graduates may work as entry level cosmetologists under numerous job descriptions. The Cosmetology program requires a student to complete 1,500 clock hours of training. The Cosmetology program at Dorsey School of Beauty has cosmetology instructors who believe in an approach that is flexible and understanding of the individual needs which enables each student to reach their full potential. At Dorsey School of Beauty, students will have the opportunity to learn various aspects of Cosmetology and what it’s like to operate in the workplace. Choose Dorsey School of Beauty to jumpstart your career in hair and beauty today!

The Cosmetology diploma program is offered at the following Dorsey School of Beauty campus locations:

Cosmetology training program – Michigan career training 

Training in this program includes:

  • An in-depth focus on cosmetology theory and real-world practice and experience.
  • Coursework that is designed to enhance the student’s development of practical and technical skills.
  • The use of professional cosmetology facilities and equipment.
  • The opportunity to gain hands-on training (while supervised) in our on-campus beauty clinic, where cosmetology services will be provided to the public, who may be charged for the services rendered by students.
  • Dorsey School of Beauty (located at the Madison Heights, Roseville, and Lansing campuses) is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Dorsey School of Beauty (located at the Taylor campus) is institutionally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc. (NACCAS).
  • Dorsey Schools is a candidate for Accreditation by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (excluding the Taylor and Lansing campuses).
  • A Cosmetology student kit, which contains various tools used in the industry (as well as textbooks) are provided by Dorsey School of Beauty.

Cosmetology Training Program Information

Cosmetologist career outlook

A career as a professional cosmetologist can be fun and rewarding. Graduates of this program (once they become licensed) are eligible to seek entry-level employment in positions that may include stylist, color specialist, skin or nail specialist, platform or makeup artist, manufacturers’ representative, and cosmetic salesperson, among others. Jobs in this field can be found in beauty salons, spas, and other beauty-related businesses.

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.a In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 7.8% from 2014 to 2024.b

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What a Cosmetologist Does
Becoming a Cosmetologist
The Dorsey School of Beauty Cosmetology program
Additional Information

What a Cosmetologist Does

What type of work does a Cosmetologist do?
Where do Cosmetologists work?
Will I be able to find a job?
How much can I expect to make as a Cosmetologist?
Are there other jobs I may be able to obtain as a Cosmetologist?
How is a Cosmetologist different from other professionals in the Beauty industry?
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Becoming a Cosmetologist

I have no background/experience in the beauty field – can I really do this?
What type of training is needed?
How long do I have to go to school?
Is Certification/Licensure required to obtain employment as a Cosmetologist?
What are important characteristics for Cosmetologists to have?

The Dorsey School of Beauty Cosmetology program

Is your program hands-on?
What’s the student salon and why is that important?
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Which Dorsey School of Beauty campuses offer the Cosmetology program?
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Cosmetology program – Gainful Employment Disclosures – Roseville, Madison Heights, and Lansing campuses

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the Cosmetology program for Dorsey School of Business (located in Roseville, Madison Heights, and Lansing), and other important information, please click here to read more.

Cosmetology program – Gainful Employment Disclosures – Taylortown School of Beauty

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the Cosmetology program for Taylortown School of Beauty, and other important information, please click here to read more.

Taylortown School of Beauty operates as Dorsey School of Beauty and/or Dorsey Schools (Taylor campus location).


aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairdressers-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists (SOC Code: 39-5012), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).