CO12 Cosmetology, Diploma

Offered at the Griffin and Flint River Campuses

Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Minimum Length of Program: 5 terms
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 55

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.

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.

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.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks

Tools/equipment/supplies $800
Uniforms $90
State licensure exam
   Testing $109
   License $35

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

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.

Contact Us

Kimberly Rawlins, A.A.S., Program Coordinator


Phone: (770) 233-6111 


Program Courses

First Term—(Basic Skills Courses)

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


MATH 1012, ENGL 1010: Required

Choose One: (Required)

COLL 1500Student Success



COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one of the following—(Required)

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development



PSYC 1010Basic Psychology


Second Term—(Occupational Courses)

COSM 1000Introduction to Cosmetology Theory


COSM 1010Chemical Texture Services


COSM 1020Hair Care and Treatment


COSM 1030Haircutting


COSM 1040Styling


Third Term—(Occupational Courses)

COSM 1050Hair Color


COSM 1060Fundamentals of Skin Care


COSM 1070Nail Care and Advanced Techniques


COSM 1080Physical Hair Services Practicum


COSM 1120Salon Management


Fourth Term—(Occupational Courses)

COSM 1090Hair Services Practicum I


COSM 1100Hair Services Practicum II


COSM 1115Hair Services Practicum IV


COSM 1125Skin and Nail Care Practicum


Fifth Term—(Occupational Courses)

COSM 1110Hair Services Practicum III


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

Program Elective

BUSN 1340Customer Service Effectiveness