The Cosmetology Diploma program is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/art principles and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. Blue Cliff’s program combines lectures in cosmetology theory with “hands-on” practice in the salon. It also introduces students to professional standards, aspects of personal and career development and the legal and ethical responsibilities of workers who interact physically with clients and apply cosmetics. Blue Cliff’s approach provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills and knowledge that can lead to an entry-level career in the field of Cosmetology. Graduates of the cosmetology program are eligible to take examinations required for licensure as a Cosmetologist.

What Does A Cosmetologist Do?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cosmetologist duties include providing haircutting, hairstyling, and other beauty services. Cosmetologists may perform some or all of the following duties¹:

  • Inspect and analyze hair, skin, and scalp to recommend treatment
  • Discuss hairstyle options
  • Wash, color, lighten, and condition hair
  • Chemically change hair textures
  • Cut, dry, and style hair
  • Receive payments from clients
  • Clean and disinfect all tools and work areas

Through our hands-on training modules and industry-current classes taught by experienced instructors, you could take your cosmetology skills to the next level. Our simulated student salons will give you hands-on training in hair, nails, skin, multicultural techniques, hair cutting and coloring, and makeup techniques.

How Long Is Cosmetology School?

The normal completion time for the day program is 12 months and for the evening program, 19 months. Upon successful completion of the 82 credit hours/1500 clock hour program and all other graduation requirements, the program culminates in the awarding of a Cosmetology Diploma.

What Will You Learn In Cosmetology School?

At Blue Cliff College, students receive the most industry-current training needed for a cosmetology career. Our cosmetology classes cover hair cutting, skin, and nails to prepare you for common cosmetology duties. Blue Cliff College’s Cosmetology Diploma program covers subjects such as:

  • Introduction to Cosmetology
  • Fundamentals in Haircare
  • Haircutting 1 and 2
  • Hairstyling
  • Texturizing Services
  • The Salon Business
  • Hair Color
  • Skin Care
  • Nails
  • And, several skills enhancement modules

Cosmetology programs are designed to prepare you for all aspects of the cosmetology industry and for receiving your cosmetology license. Each graduate of Blue Cliff College’s Cosmetology School will have had the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to become a licensed Cosmetologist.

To pursue a cosmetology license, you must successfully graduate from a state-approved beauty school after successfully completing the required hours of training needed by your state board of cosmetology. Graduates from Louisiana or Mississippi are eligible to take the cosmetology licensure exam after completing our 1,500 clock hour or 82 credit hour Cosmetology courses. Check with your state requirements for more information.

Where Do Cosmetologists Work?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook Cosmetologists typically work full time and many work evenings and weekends². The top three employers of cosmetologists are:
  • 46% – Personal Care Services
  • 43% – Self-employed Workers
  • 10% – Retail Trade
Employment opportunities may include beauty salons, spas and other related businesses as a stylist, salon manager or owner, color specialist, skin or nail specialist, educator, platform or makeup artist, manufacturer’s representative, cosmetic salesperson and more.

What Is The Job Outlook For A Cosmetologist?

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Cosmetologists to grow 19 percent from 2020 to 2030³.

What Is The Total Cost For Cosmetology School?

Day Classes Night Classes
Program Length:
12 Months
19 Months
Supplies & Fees *:
Estimated Total:

Effective September 21st, 2023

*For a list of books associated with this program, ISBN, and price click here.

**Students must pass the applicable state licensing exam to gain employment as a licensed cosmetologist in the cosmetology field. The cost of the exam is included in the tuition.

Program availability and times vary by campus | Financial Aid is available for those that qualify.

Cosmetology Training Near Me

Blue Cliff College offers the Cosmetology School at the following campus locations:

Cosmetology School Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about:

  • What it takes to become a Cosmetologist
  • Blue Cliff College’s Cosmetology program
  • Finding a job as a Cosmetologist

More About Careers In Cosmetology

For more information about a career in Cosmetology, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

Standard Occupational Code (SOC): 39-5012.00 – Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 12.0401 – Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

What Is The Job Outlook For A Cosmetologist?

In addition to being in good health and physically able to perform the duties and techniques required for employment in the Cosmetology field, Cosmetology students must be at least 16 years of age and meet all state registration requirements per Louisiana and Mississippi State Cosmetology Board regulations.

Licensing Information and Accreditation

Blue Cliff College’s Cosmetology School maintains current certification and accreditation so you know you’re learning skills that are valued in your field. We are:

  • Licensed by Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C–110
  • Licensed by the Louisiana and Mississippi State Boards of Cosmetology†
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

State requirements and licensing vary from state to state.
The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education.

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