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FPC is licensed by the TDLR to offer cosmetology certificates in cosmetology, nail technician, and instructor fields. 

Cosmetology Overview

Frank Phillips College is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to offer cosmetology certificates in cosmetology, nail technician, and instructor fields. Students learn theory and practical skills in a full-service salon at Borger, Dumas, Hereford, or *Perryton (*coming Spring 2021) sites. Students will be eligible to take the state licensure exam when they have completed the 1000 clock hour program. Students attend classes Monday - Thursday from 8am to 5pm and can be completed in 2 full semesters, allowing them the ability to receive a Certificate in Cosmetology. Students taking the Nail Tech program will be eligible to take the licensure exam after completing 600 clock hours and will receive a Certificate in Nail Technology. Students who have earned a Certificate in Cosmetology and have salon experience will be eligible to enroll in the Instructor Certification program and take the Instructor Exam through TDLR after completing the 750 required clock hours.

Admission to the Program
The Cosmetology program accepts students in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Each program has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25:1, and admission is offered to students who have completed all admission requirements on a first-come, first-served basis. When the program has enrolled students to capacity, the Director will create a wait list for students who may be admitted if space permits.

Students who are admitted into the Cosmetology program must meet all FPC admissions requirements and the following requirements:.
  1. Provide a birth certificate or driver’s license
  2. Provide $25.00 in money order, debit card, or credit card for the TDLR fee

Careers in Cosmetology
The demand for cosmetologists in today’s market is consistent as the public frequently seeks cosmetic services. Cosmetologists may specialize in hair design, cutting, perming, coloring, makeup, facial care, and nails.


Frank Phillips College
Department of Cosmetic Arts & Sciences
Course Curriculum

83.120. Technical Requirements--Curriculum. (New section effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1280; amended effective August 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5952; amended effective October 11, 2007, 32 TexReg 7050; amended effective February 17, 2012, 37 TexReg 681)


(A)-haircutting, styling and related theory-500 hours

(B)-hair coloring and related theory-200 hours

(C)-cold waving and related theory-200 hours

(D)-orientation, rules and laws-100 hours

(E)-manicuring and related theory-100 hours

(F)-shampoo and related theory-100 hours

(G)-Chemistry-75 hours

(H)-salon management and practices-75 hours

(I)-hair and scalp treatment and related theory-50 hours

(J)-chemical hair relaxing and related theory-50 hours

(K)-facials and related theory-50 hours


(A)-procedures: basic manicure and pedicure, oil manicure, removal of stains, repair work, hand and arm massage, buffing, application of polish, application of artificial nails, application of cosmetic fingernails, preparation to build new nail, and application of nail extensions, sculptured nails, tips, wraps, fiberglass/gels and odorless products-320 hours

(B)-bacteriology, sanitation and safety: definitions, importance, rules, laws, methods, safety measures, hazardous chemicals and ventilation odor in salons-100 hours

(C)-professional practices: manicuring as a profession, vocabulary, ethics, salon procedures, hygiene and grooming, professional attitudes, salesmanship and public relations-80 hours

(D)-arms and hands: major bones and functions, major muscles and functions, major nerves and functions, skin structure, functions, appendages, conditions and lesions, nails structure, composition, growth, regeneration, irregularities and diseases-70 hours

(E)-orientation, rules, laws and preparation-15 hours

(F)-equipment, implements and supplies-15 hours


(A)-Lesson plans-140 hours

(B)-Methods of teaching-180 hours

(C)-Classroom management-90 hours

(D)-Evaluation techniques-90 hours

(E)-State laws and forms-60 hours

(F)-Visual aids preparation and use-60 hours

(G)-Learning theory-100 hours

(H)-Orientation, rules, and laws-30 hours

The above practical applications may be performed on a mannequin, a student or a patron and mock applications may be used where appropriate and necessary. It shall be the responsibility of the beauty culture school to keep a record of the number of practical applications performed by each student.

Please see below for the tools that will be required once enrolled in the following programs: (Pricing and ISBN numbers included below)


  • Mind Tap/Book $261.75  |  ISBN: 9781305927
  • Marianna Kit $574.18  

TOTAL = $835.93

Nail Technician

  • Mind Tap/Book $234.25  |  ISBN: 9780357263495
  • Marianna Kit $265.00

TOTAL = $499.25

Student Instructor

  • Mind Tap/Book $294.00  |  ISBN: 9781337811682 

TOTAL = $294.00

Student Calendar

  • August 27th - Classes Begin
  • August 27th - 31st - Orientation
  • August 31st - Final Day to Register
  • September - Beginning of the month have a local Salon visit campus. (Owner and Staff)
  • September 3rd - Labor Day Holiday (No School)
  • September 9th - 11th - Armstrong McCall Hair Show Austin, Texas
  • September 28th - Visit Armstrong and RDA in Amarillo (Optional)
  • October 8th - 12th - Mid Term Exams - Written and Practical
  • November - FPC Fantasy Hair Show - TBA per campus
  • November 19th - 23rd - Fall Break
  • December 7th - Portfolio Project
  • December 10th - 14th - Semester Final Exams - Written and Practical
  • December 18th - Last Day of Classes

The above dates are scheduled for the semester; we will do our best to keep the dates set as written.  If dates are changed we will notify you with enough time to adjust your agenda.

Contact information for Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
920 Colorado
Austin, Texas 78701
Mailing Address:
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
Telephone: (512) 463-6599
Toll-Free (in Texas): 800-803-9202
Fax: (512) 463-9468
Relay Texas TDD: (800) 735-2989

Handbook rev 212018

Cosmetology Licenses and Criminal Background

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has identified general factors that are considered in all cases. Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. The general factors considered in all cases, including licensure for cosmetologists are:

  1. The nature and seriousness of the crime;
  2. The relationship of the crime to the purposes for requiring a license to engage in the occupation;
  3. The extent to which a license might offer an opportunity to engage in further criminal activity of the same type as that in which the applicant previously had been involved; 
  4. The relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity, or fitness required to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the licensed occupation.

In determining the fitness to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the licensed occupation of a person who has been convicted of a crime, the agency will also consider the following:

  1. The extent and nature of the person’s past criminal activity;
  2. The age of the person when the crime was committed;
  3. The amount of time that has elapsed since the person’s last criminal activity;
  4. The conduct and work activity of the person before and after the criminal activity;
  5. Evidence of the person’s rehabilitation or rehabilitative effort while incarcerated or after release; and
  6. Other evidence of the person’s fitness , including letters of recommendation from:
         a. Prosecutors and law enforcement and correctional officers who prosecuted,
             arrest, or had custodial responsibility for the person;
         b. The sheriff or chief of police in the community where the person resides; 
         c. Any other person in contact with the convicted person.

In addition to the above guidelines, certain criminal convictions for persons seeking licensure as cosmetologists may prevent the person from receiving state licensure. In addition, multiple violations of any criminal statute may reflect a pattern of behavior that renders the applicant unfit for the license.

Crimes involving prohibited sexual conduct or involving children as victims.

  1. Licensees have direct contact with members of the general public often in settings with no one else present.
  2. A person with a predisposition for crimes involving prohibited sexual conduct or involving children as victims would have the opportunity to engage in further similar conduct.

Crimes against the person such as homicide, kidnapping, and assault.

  1. Licensees have direct contact with persons in situations that have potential for confrontational behavior.
  2.  A person with a predisposition of a violent response would pose a risk to the public

Frank Phillips College Cosmetology Department has 3 campuses located in Borger, Dumas, and Hereford, TX. Students learn theory and practical skills in a full-service salon. Each salon has operating hours that members of the community can access beauty services at a discounted rate! We are open to the public Monday-Friday (Monday-Thursday in the summer semesters) during our semester schedules. For more information, or to inquire about an appointment at any of our three salons please click the link below for the salon in your area.

We look forward to showing you all FPC Cosmetology has to offer.

- Cosmetology Faculty -

Director of Cosmetology
Juan Avila, Director  |  (806) 457-4200, Ext. 747

FPC Borger Cosmetology Center
Jodie Gandy, Borger Instructor  |  (806) 457-4200, Ext. 755

FPC Dumas Cosmetology Center
Misty Light, Dumas Instructor  |  (806) 934-9494

FPC Hereford Cosmetology Center
Mayela Martinez, Hereford Instructor  |  (806) 360-3688

FPC Perryton Cosmetology Center
Kevin Harrison, Perryton Instructor  |  (806) 648-1450

The accreditation of all FPC locations is dependent on the accreditation of the parent campus located in Borger, TX. 

Frank Phillips College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, Georgia  30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Frank Phillips College.