Cosmetology (Diploma)

Program Description

The Cosmetology program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of cosmetology. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training in safety, sanitation, state laws, rules, and regulations, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, skin, hair, and nail diseases and disorders, hair treatments and manipulations, hair shaping, hair styling, artificial hair, braiding/intertwining hair, chemical reformation and application, skin and nail care, hair coloring, hair lightening, reception, sales, management, math, reading, writing, interpersonal relations development, computer skills, employability skills, and work ethics. The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology. Program graduates receive a Cosmetology diploma and are employable as a cosmetology salesperson, cosmetologist, salon manager, or a salon owner.

Program Details

  • Major Code: CO12
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses
  • Program Entrance Term:  Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 terms
  • Minimum Credit Hour for Graduation: 55

General Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope.
  • Meet assessment requirements

Applicants must meet general admission requirements as well as the following program admission requirements.

  • Successfully complete (or transfer in) ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, EMPL 1000 or PSYC 1010, and COMP 1000/COLL 1500 with a minimum grade of C in each course.


Candidate Selection

It is the responsibility of the student to notify cosmetology program advisors via e-mail when all program admission requirements have been met. (For verification, please include full name and student ID number) With this notification, the student will be placed on the COSM program-ready list. Once eligibility has been confirmed by program advisors, students will then be eligible to register for COSM Occupational Courses. The number of students allowed into COSM classes is limited. Classes will be filled by students from the COSM program-ready list.



If a student changes his/her declared major from Cosmetology to a different diploma, and then back to Cosmetology, the latest program application date will be used to determine placement on the eligibility list.


Background Check

Southern Crescent Technical College allows students, regardless of criminal history, to enroll in the Cosmetology Program once they have met entrance requirements.  Students with a criminal background may complete the cosmetology program of study, graduate from the college, and be eligible to take the practical and written portion of the state exam, but could be denied state licensure.  The access is not denied on the behalf of Southern Crescent Technical College, but rather by the policies and procedures of the State of Georgia as it pertains to state licensure.



A minimum grade of C for each course is required to receive a Cosmetology diploma from SCTC.A minimum grade of C for each course is required to receive a Cosmetology diploma from SCTC.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Additional Costs:

State Licensure Exam:
PSI Testing$109.00
State Board License$35.00

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Note: A minimum grade of C for each course is required to receive a Cosmetology diploma from SCTC.

First Term
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics3
ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English 13
Choose One
COLL 1500College Success and Career Exploration OR3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
Choose One
EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development OR2
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology3
Second Term
COSM 1000Introduction to Cosmetology Theory4
COSM 1010Chemical Texture Services3
COSM 1020Hair Care and Treatment3
COSM 1030Haircutting3
COSM 1040Styling3
Third Term
COSM 1050Hair Color3
COSM 1060Fundamentals of Skin Care3
COSM 1070Nail Care and Advanced Treatments3
COSM 1080Physical Hair Services Practicum3
Fourth Term
COSM 1090Hair Services Practicum I3
COSM 1100Hair Services Practicum II3
COSM 1110Hair Services Practicum III3
COSM 1120Salon Management3
COSM 1125Skin and Nail Care Practicum2
Fifth Term*
COSM 1115*Hair Services Practicum IV*2

*Note:  Student will only attend class for first five weeks of the fifth term.

Cosmetology Gainful Employment Information

Within the cosmetology industry there are numerous career opportunities, such as the following:

Master Cosmetologist, Haircolor Specialist, Texture Specialist, Haircutting Specialist, Salon Trainer, Distributor Sales Consultant, Manufacturer Educator, Artistic Director, Education Director, Film/Theatrical/Stylist, Creative Director, Salon Owner, Platform Artist.


Program Advisors
Kimberly Rawlins/Griffin Campus
Cosmetology Program Coordinator

Susan Allen/Flint Campus

Kelly Evans/Griffin Campus

Jeannie Kimbell/Griffin Campus

Patricia Neal/Griffin Campus

Career and Academic Planning
Sharon Craft
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107

Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
Flint Campus
Room 250A