Turn your enthusiasm for hair care and beauty into a career at Washburn Tech! Receive hands-on learning opportunities that will give you the confidence and enthusiasm needed to enter a career in a salon. You could become a stylist, salon manager or salon owner. Graduates also can pursue positions in sales, education and make-up artistry. Your classrooms and lab are part of a real, working salon so enroll now and become a cut above the rest!


This program provides graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills they need to work in the field of cosmetology. Our 52-credit-hour-program includes classroom and clinical instruction that totals 1,500 hours, as required by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. Students will learn how to artistically integrate haircutting and hairstyling for all clientele types, manage hair color and permanent waving, apply facials and skin care as well as marketing and salon customer service. Attending full-day, you can complete the program in 10 months, while half-day students can complete the program in 24 months. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to earn a license from the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. This program is approved for federal financial aid.

Cost note for high school students: The State of Kansas pays tuition costs through a high school student’s senior year. However, high school students can only complete 32 to 38 hours of the 52-hour program in four semesters and an optional summer period between their junior and senior years. Additional hours, as a post-secondary student, are required to complete the program and costs are dependent upon the number of hours remaining for completion. See a recruiter for details.


Job opportunities are plentiful for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average entry-level salary in this field in 2017 was $8.47 an hour or $17,620 annually.  The average wage was $11.36 an hour or $23,620 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $17,620 $8.47
Average $23,620 $11.36


  • KS Board of Cosmetology license
  • OSHA-10


Washburn Tech's Academy of Cosmetology Salon at 109 SW 29th St. is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. To make an appointment, call 785.670.3400. Walk-in clients also are being accepted. Check-out our list of services.


Hours of this program vary. For high school students, program hours are part-time, Monday through Friday. Check-out your choices below.

  • 8 - 11:10 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
  • Summer hours vary

Adult students may attend full-time or part-time. See your options below.

  • 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (full-time)
  • 8 a.m. - noon  (part-time)
  • 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (part-time)