Programs of Study

Cosmetology Diploma

Program Description

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. Cosmetologists offer a wide range of beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling of hair. They may advise clients on how to care for their hair at home. In addition, cosmetologists may be trained to give manicures, pedicures, and scalp and facial treatments; provide makeup analysis; and clean and style wigs and hairpieces.

Coursework in both the 1500 clock hour diploma and 1200 clock hour certificate program includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics. The program is fully approved by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts, and it provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills. Students may begin in fall or spring semesters.

Coursework in the 48 SHC diploma program includes all required cosmetology classes, live model performances required by the State Board of Cosmetic Arts, and three additional courses. A study skills course promotes personal development essential for success, an English course enhances writing and speaking skills for the workplace, and a psychology course introduces basic principles of the subject as they apply to daily life and the job. Upon passing the State Board licensing exam, a graduate is a fully-licensed cosmetologist.

The 32 SHC certificate program includes all required cosmetology classes and live model performances required by the State Board of Cosmetic Arts. Upon passing the State Board licensing exam, students completing the certificate are licensed as apprentices and must complete 960 clock hours (equivalent to six months of working 40 hours per week) within a year in a professional salon working under the direct supervision of a (one) licensed cosmetologist.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency. In addition, students must have satisfactory placement test scores or coursework verifying that they have completed ENG-002 in order to begin cosmetology courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and restructure hair within a safe, sanitized, and multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to recall cosmetology theory and clinical information in order to successfully complete the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensure Exam. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding with regard to increasing sales and customer volume within a salon.

Career Opportunities

Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in:

  • beauty salons
  • barber shops
  • nail salons
  • day and resort spas
  • nursing and other residential care homes.
  • Almost one-half of all cosmetologists are self-employed.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs

Admissions Office

Diploma Requirements

The following suggested schedule is based on full-time enrollment and fall entry. Spring entry may have a slightly different sequence of courses. For information about prerequisites and corequisites, please refer to the catalog. 

Courses in this program

First Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 13

Second Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 12. 

Third Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 11. 

Fourth Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 12