Cosmetology and Esthetics


Style your way to success. Break into the beauty business or take your salon skills to the next level with a comprehensive education in hair, skin and nail care.

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What is Air Cosmetology and Esthetics?

The Cosmetology Program offers a variety of choices for people seeking entry-level jobs as well as currently employed individuals who wish to enhance their skills.

Knowledge of the theories of hair, skin, and nail care is coupled with practice of the various techniques used in salons.

Clinical work experience is performed on the public and students in an actual beauty salon atmosphere. Graduates also serve a six-month apprenticeship before taking the state board exam.

average base pay $22,432
low: $17k med: $22k high: $40k

What are my career options?

After successful completion of the prescribed hours of instruction and the six-month apprenticeship, program graduates are eligible to take the examination administered by the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetology to become licensed cosmetologists.

Cosmetology Career Median Annual Salary*
Apprentice Cosmetology Instructor $49,682
Cosmetologist $22,432
Nail Technician $22,432
Esthetician $23,211

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?




Additional Information

Nail Technician: 26 Total credit hours
Apprentice Cosmetology Instructor: 40 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Esthetician: 41 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Cosmetologist: 60 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Cosmetology Brochure

Admission Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for the program.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Mourine Smith
Cosmetology and Esthetics
Program Coordinator