Cosmetology Diploma

Cosmetology Diploma Program: IBMC - Colorado Cosmetology Programs

Make Your Dreams a Reality with a Career in Beauty


Launch your beauty career confidently with the Cosmetology school at IBMC College. This diploma program offered at our Colorado cosmetology schools in in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont provides comprehensive instruction in the disciplines of hair, nails, and skin care services. Our graduates are fully prepared to take the State Board Examination and become Licensed Cosmetologists upon completion of the program.

As a student of the Cosmetology diploma program, you will receive both classroom and hands-on training throughout this year-long program. Our small class sizes of 25 and under allow students plenty of one-on-one guidance from our experienced instructors. Students also get plenty of practice in a real work setting in the student beauty clinics.

Licensed Cosmetologists work in a variety of beauty settings. Many of our alumni go on to become hair stylists, health and beauty spa workers, and makeup artists. With cosmetology jobs expected to grow 10% over the next decade, your job options in the beauty industry are plentiful. Graduates of the IBMC Cosmetology program can start their beauty careers with confidence!

“I use the skills I learned at IBMC in my new career every day. I love what I do now!Tania M.

Is Cosmetology the right career for you? Take our 2-minute quiz to find out now. If you are ready to enroll, contact our admissions team to get started!

What to Expect as a Cosmetology Student

As a Cosmetology diploma student at IBMC College in Colorado, you will receive practical knowledge and career training you need to excel in your field. The IBMC College expert full-time faculty holds more than 150 years of combined experience working in their respective fields, allowing them to provide unique, applicable lessons in classes. The Cosmetology diploma program is offered at our Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont campuses in Colorado.

Students typically complete the Cosmetology diploma program over a 60 week time period, about 14 months. Courses include both lectures and hands-on practice allowing students to put classroom concepts into action. Students in this program will complete multiple courses in hairstyling, nail skills, skincare, and salon and business skills. All of our cosmetology students receive a strong foundation in safe work practices, appropriate work habits, and rules and regulations, and skills for running a business. At the end of the program, our cosmetology students are prepared to take the State Board Examination for licensure and obtain a cosmetology job.

Student Beauty Clinics

All of our Cosmetology students receive training in a real-world setting at our Student Beauty Services Clinics located at each of our Colorado campuses. Supervised by licensed educators, our Cosmetologists-in-training practice hairstyling, nails, and skin care with real customers to build their skills and confidence.


“The staff is friendly instructors are amazing and the students are very attentive to my needs.”
Monica C.

Details about the Cosmetology Program

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What is a Cosmetology degree?

The cosmetology degree is one of our in-depth diploma programs that includes classes to become a Cosmetologist covering hairstyling, nails, skin care, as well as business skills. Cosmetology schools prepare students for state licensing examinations and careers as a Licensed Cosmetologist. A Cosmetology diploma encompasses the Hairstyling and Esthetician certificate programs with a combination of lecture classes and hands-on practice.

Licensed Cosmetologists can work in careers such as:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist
  • Skin Care Specialist (Esthetician)
  • Salon Manager
  • Vocational Teacher

Learn more about the IBMC Cosmetology program objectives.

How does the Cosmetology diploma differ from Hairstyling and Esthetician certificates?

Cosmetology is a diploma program while Hairstyling and Esthetician are certificates.
Cosmetology schools cover a range of beauty topics, including hairstyling, nails, skin care.
Hairstyling certificates provide training to be a hairstylist, focusing on hair cuts, hair coloring, hair treatments, perms, etc.
Esthetician certificates train skin care specialists who focus on skin care, waxing, body treatments and makeup application.

At IBMC, the Cosmetology program lasts 60 weeks. The Hairstyling certificate takes 12 months to complete, and the Esthetician certificate can be completed in 6 months. Because the Cosmetology program is more substantial the workload is greater and course content more in-depth than Hairstyling and Esthetician certificate programs

How long does the Cosmetology program take to complete?

The Cosmetology program requires 1,800 clock hours over a 60-week period, about 14 months.

When are Cosmetology courses offered?

Cosmetology classes at IBMC are offered Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and one Saturday each month for make-up hours. New sessions begin as often as every five weeks.
Get started right away! Contact our admissions team to find out when the next courses are offered and to check availability,

Where are Cosmetology classes offered in Colorado?

IBMC Cosmetology classes available in Fort Collins, Longmont, and Greeley campuses in Colorado.

What supplies do I need for this beauty school program?

Cosmetology students need a premium kit with upgrades, tote, nail kit, makeup kit with carrying case, student esthetician kit with carrying case, and personalized name badge. Students will also need to purchase textbooks for your courses.

How much does Cosmetology school cost?

The Cosmetology diploma program costs:

  • $20,988 for tuition and fees
  • $1,750 for books and supplies
  • $1,500 for premium kit with upgrades, tote, nail kit, makeup kit with carrying case, student esthetician kit with carrying case, and personalize name badge
  • $150 for licensing exam fee
  • $10,232 for off-campus room and board (if applicable)

* This information is current as of July 2017. Please contact our admissions office for the most up to date information.

Is financial aid available for Cosmetology degrees?

Yes. 97% of students who attend our Cosmetology program receive financial aid to pay for all or part of the tuition. You can submit a free application for Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education to find out if you qualify. Our admissions team can help you find the right program for you.

What are the prerequisites and requirements to get into the Cosmetology diploma program?

The Cosmetology degree program requires proof of high school completion or a GED. Students must also score at least a 13 on the Wonderlic exam. Once admitted to the program, cosmetology students must pay the registration fee, sign the enrollment agreement, and attend orientation before starting classes.

Is IBMC the right beauty school for me?

IBMC College has been providing specialized career training to students for over 28 years. The mission of IBMC College is to provide practical knowledge and training you need to excel in your respective field. The hands-on training in real working settings allows you to gain confidence and hone your skills before starting your career. You’ll learn from our experienced instructors who bring years of industry knowledge to the classroom. We cap our class sizes at 25 students in the Cosmetology program. This allows you to really get to know your instructors and classmates. Our facilities are clean and modern to provide you with the very best learning environment. Learn more about what makes IBMC different from other Cosmetology schools..

To learn more, start with this two minute quiz that helps you really think about a new career.
Next, talk to an admissions counselor. Our Right Fit process helps you to make smart education and career decisions.
When you’re ready, visit the campus of your choice for a hands-on experience with a Pass to Class.

What can I do with a Cosmetology degree?

A cosmetology degree will allow you to become a licensed cosmetologist and provide hair, nail, makeup, and skin care services. There are a number of cosmetology career paths that graduates take. Some common cosmetology employment options include:

  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Theater
  • Spas
  • Medical offices
  • Vocational schools

Are Cosmetologists licensed in Colorado?

Yes. In Colorado, you must pass the State Board Examination to legally practice Cosmetology. Our students emerge fully prepared to take the examination and become Licensed Cosmetologists upon completion of the program.

How much do Cosmetologists make in Colorado?

How much you can make with a Cosmetology degree depends on what career path you choose after beauty school. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in May 2016 was $24,260 ($11.66 hourly). Theatrical and performance makeup artists made a median income of $60,970 ($29.31 hourly). Skincare specialists made a median wage of $30,270 ($14.55 hourly). Manicurists and pedicurists made a median income of $22,150 per year ($10.65 hourly).

What skills do I need to be a successful Cosmetologist?

Creativity: Cosmetologists need to be on the cutting edge of trends. Creativity is key as you will be counted on to recommend styles and services to clients.

People Skills: Individuals who work in the beauty industry spend the majority of their time with clients. Making conversation and helping clients feel comfortable and confident in your abilities is a large part of the job.

Attention to Detail: Successful cosmetologists need great attention to detail. Hair, makeup, and nail services all require precision and patience for details.

Stamina: Many jobs in the beauty industry require you to be on your feet for hours at a time. You should expect to see many clients back to back with little recovery time.
Business Skills: The cosmetology industry is competitive and it is important for cosmetologists to know how to run a business and market themselves well. Retaining staff and running the organization smoothly are important for retaining clients.

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