Program at a Glance
The Cosmetology Program is an 11 month (three-semester) program of study designed to lead to a Technical Certificate.
- The program provides a curriculum which includes the theory and practical skills, and salon ethics and management required to become a licensed cosmetologist. Professionals may choose one of several careers including Licensed Cosmetologist, Nail Technician, Salon Manager/Owner, and instructor.
- Students practice techniques in a supervised salon setting including hair are, nail care, chemical services, and skin care.
- Instruction includes emphasis on hygiene, sanitation, customer relations, and salon management.
- The curriculum is designed to comply with the standards of the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology http://www.msbc.state.ms.us/Pages/default.aspx with the requirement of 1500 contact hours of instruction for students.
- Upon satisfactory completion of the program of study, a student will be eligible to request examination by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology to become a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Mississippi.
- Enrollment is open in the fall semester.
- Selection for admission into the Cosmetology Program is based on the cosmetology application, TABE score and slot availability.
What can I expect from a career in Cosmetology?
- According to the Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, occupations within the cosmetology industry are projected to grow much faster than average over the projection decade, 2010-2020, in the United States, 24 percent, and Mississippi, 29 percent (EMSI, 2011).
- Job prospects will be good for entry-levels workers. However, cosmetologists seeking employment in established and high-end businesses will face keen competition (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).
- A state license is required for cosmetologists and barbers in Mississippi. Almost half are self-employed (44 percent).
- According to Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, the national median wage in 2011 was $13.50 per hour or $28,080 per year.
For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/