About the Program

The Cosmetology Program is a one-year (three semester) program of study designed to lead to a Certificate of Proficiency.

The instructional program provides a curriculum which includes the theory, skills, and salon ethics required to become a licensed cosmetologist. Students practice techniques in a supervised salon setting including hairstyling, 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 with the requirement of 1500 contact hours of instruction for students. Upon satisfactory completion of the pro-gram of study a student will 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 date of cosmetology application, TABE score and slot availability.

Career Opportunities in the Field

According to the Department of Labor, overall employment of cosmetologists is projected to grow through 2014. The employment opportunity in the field of Cosmetology is excellent. Cosmetology is a growing and ever-changing field and offers great opportunity to people ac-quiring licensure. Professionals may choose one of several careers including Licensed Cos-metologist, Nail Technician, Salon Manager/Owner, and instructor.