Cosmetology is the professional skill and practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin. The Cosmetology program at NCTC offers hands-on instruction with today's latest salon products. Students receive a variety of training opportunities including classes by guest artists from leading manufacturers and salons and occasional field trips. The curriculum at NCTC is mandated by the State of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and is designed to prepare graduates to take the TDLR Examination in Cosmetology, Esthetics, or Cosmetology Instruction.

Cosmetology students are taught to provide special services in haircoloring, foiling, texture services, braiding and hair extensions, and advanced training with shears, clippers and razors. Student also learn to provide services that include manicures/acrylic nails, facials, and pedicures.

Esthetics students are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills in basic skin care, basic and advanced facials, waxing, and other spa related treatments to prepare for a career in the health and beauty industry.

A Cosmetology Operator, Esthetician, or Manicurist with a current license and at least one year of verifiable salon/spa experience may enroll to be trained as a Cosmetology Instructor.

Certificate Requirements

Dual Credit Certificate Plan

High school students enrolled in Dual Credit and attending part-time during the fall and spring semesters and full-time in the summer semester may graduate with a Cosmetology Certificate in two years.

Salon Services

Cosmetology and Esthetic services are offered in our salons and are performed by the students under licensed supervision at a nominal fee, giving the students the opportunity to enhance their skills in each field.

Haircoloring, perm, cuts, lash extensions, hair extensions, manicures, nail enhancements and art, and pedicures are just some of the professional services available.

Cosmetology Salon Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday: Closed

Esthetics Salon Hours

Monday: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Thursday: 1:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Friday: Closed

Dates and times are subject to change with minimal notice. Please call ahead for an appointment to ensure availability at (940) 668-4210.

Price List

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates of Cosmetology, Esthetics and Student Instructor programs are equipped with knowledge and skills for careers and business opportunities such as:

  • Self-employed Hairstylist, Skin Care Specialist or Nail Technician
  • Salon, resort or spa owner or manager
  • Representative for major chain stores or product lines
  • Apprenticeships
  • Hair Colorist or Texture Specialist
  • Design Team Member
  • Make-up Artist
  • Cosmetology Marketing
  • Competition Participant
  • Platform Artist
  • Educator/Instructor
  • State Board Member/Examiner/Inspector

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to earn a certificate? add
  • Cosmetology Operator Certificate - one year or three semesters
  • Esthetics Certificate - thirty-two weeks or two semesters
  • Cosmetology Instructor Certificate - sixteen weeks of instruction

Cosmetology Dual Credit Certificate can be completed in two years if started at the beginning of a student's junior year in high school and the student is willing to go full-time in summer between their junior and senior years.

What can I expect to pay for the program? add

The Cosmetology certificate requires a total of 42 semester hours, the Esthetics program requires a total of 23 semester hours, and the Instructor program requires a total of 15 semester hours.

A student's tuition is based on two things; the total number of semester hours for which a student is enrolled, and a student's permanent legal place of residence (hometown). The total fee per semester hour may be found at the Business Office.

In addition to tuition, each student is required to purchase a Student Kit from the NCTC Bookstore. The current estimated cost for the Cosmetology Kit is $2,350 and the current estimated cost for the Esthetics Kit is $1,100. 

When and where are classes held? add

All Cosmetology Program courses are held in the 1500 Building of the NCTC Gainesville Campus.

Current class hours are as listed and are subject to change for future semesters.

  • Cosmetology - 7:30 AM-5:30 PM - MTWR
  • Cosmetology Instructor - 7:30 AM-4:30 PM - MTWR
  • Dual Credit Freshmen - 1:00 PM-5:00 PM - MTWRF
  • Dual Credit Seniors - 1:00 PM-5:00 PM - MTWR
  • Esthetic Freshmen - 7:30 AM-5:00 PM - MT
  • Esthetic Freshmen - 9:00 AM-2:00 PM - W
  • Esthetic Seniors - 12:30 PM-9:00 PM - TWR


Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should have the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you when apply for aid. For more information, call (940) 668-4242, visit Financial Aid, or drop by the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

Apply for Financial Aid

What is my first step in enrolling into the program? add

Your first step in to apply for admissions through the NCTC Admissions office. When you have successfully completed the Admissions process, request a Registration Permit from the Gainesville Admissions Office and present it along with a photo ID to the Cosmetology Building for registration.

Students wishing to transfer to the NCTC Cosmetology, Esthetics, or Instructor programs from a private school or college must:

  • Follow enrollment process stated above.
  • Provide the Cosmetology Department an official transcript from the schools attended, including academic, skills and lab information.
  • Must complete practical exam for placement. If skills are not competent to hours acquired student may be required to repeat a course taken at another school.
Who may I contact for more information? add

For additional information please contact the Cosmetology department by email or by phone at (940) 668-4210.