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Program Requirements

Mitchell’s Academy offers two main programs:  Cosmetology and Esthetics. Policies regarding academic expectations and satisfactory performance are given to each student during orientation.


In this 1500 clock hour program, you will acquire a thorough knowledge of hairstyling, cutting, shaping, coloring, including balayage, ombre and other coloring techniques, permanent waving, and facial treatments. The program will also cover salon management, appointment scheduling, and the laws and guidelines of North Carolina that relate to the salon business. The course is divided into two main sections. The first section is 300 hours of instruction (approximately two months of school based on a full-time schedule). It covers technical, classroom training, alongside practical experience on mannequins.

The second section is 1200 hours of instruction (approximately 8 months of school based on a full-time schedule) and experience. During this section, a student will receive closely supervised practical experience on clients and will engage in a number of practical projects.

The entire program of 1500 hours is designed to prepare students for the state licensing exam, which is required by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners in order to be employed as a cosmetologist in NC.

Esthetics (Raleigh location only)

The Esthetics program at Mitchell’s consists of 600 clock hours of instruction.  This program specializes in skin care and treatments, facials, including oxygen-infusion facials, LED light therapy, back treatments, make-up application, hair removal, waxing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and Nano-needling.  There are 75 hours of theory required before the next level of “hands on“ training.  The remaining 525 hours are spent doing “hands on“ training as well as theory.

The Esthetics program is designed to prepare the student for the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners licensing exam and prepare you to become a professional in the field of esthetics.