Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus
Brief Description of Program: 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, Esthetician, and Salon Manager/Owner.
- Students practice techniques in a supervised salon setting focusing on hair care services which include but not limited to haircutting, braiding, technique highlighting, and other chemical services.
- Instruction includes emphasis on professional 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.
- Please complete the PRCC Admissions Application, indicating Cosmetology as your desired Major. Additionally, selection for admission into the Cosmetology Program is based on the successfully completion of 10-panel drug test, TB test, TABE (10 Reading & 9 Math) or ACT (16 Reading & 14 Math) score and slot availability.
Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: All states require all Cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved barber or Cosmetology program and then pass a state exam for licensure.
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Possible Careers in this Program: Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services
What a student can expect from a career in this field: Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists typically do the following:
- Haircolor specialist
- Distributor Sales Consultant
- Artistic Director
- Film, Theatrical, Editorial Stylist
- Salon Owner
- Manufacturer Editor
- Specialize in hair care: haircoloring, haircutting, extensions, and braiding
- Specialize in skin care: eyelashes, waxing, and facials
- Specialize in nail care: nail enhancements, manicures, and pedicures
Cosmetologists provide hair and beauty services to enhance clients’ appearance. Those who operate their own barbershop or salon have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.
Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $13.16 in May 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $11.66 in May 2016.