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Cosmetology is the study, skill, and act of beautifying. Mainly on the face, hair, nails, and skin. At NCTC, students get hands-on training with the latest salon products.

Our goal is to get students ready to pass the state board exam for their license.

Cosmetology Programs are only offered on the Gainesville Campus.

Get Your AAS Degree in Cosmetology!

The Cosmetology Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed to give you knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to your career in Cosmetology.

You have three unique tracks to choose from:

  • Business
    This track concentrates on cosmetology business skill with a focus on courses that will prepare you to be self-employed or start your own businesses.
  • Barbering
    This track adds in a focus on barbering, allowing you to become dual licensed. Once you have received your Cosmetology Operator license, you can apply for this track as a pathway to receive your Barber license.
  • Advanced Cosmetology
    This track is only for those students who have previously graduated from a Cosmetology School and hold a current Operator license in the state of Texas. 

Our Programs

Dual Credit Certificate Plan

Junior and senior high school students can enroll in Dual Credit classes. If they attend part-time during the fall and spring semesters, they may graduate with a Certificate in two years.

Speak with your high school counselor if you’re interested. 

Degree Tracks

Students can choose from three career tracks when earning an AAS in Cosmetology.

  • Cosmetology Business  Classes focus on business. It prepares you to become self-employed or start your own business once you have your license.
  • Barbering  This is a chance for you to earn a dual license. Once you have a cosmetology operator license, you can apply for this track to get your Barber’s license. 
  • Advanced Cosmetology  Additional classes are offered in more advanced techniques. This track also extends salon and client interaction experience before job seeking.

All three tracks for the degree require a Capstone course.

Salon Services

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the NCTC Cosmetology Salon and Esthetic Services will be CLOSED until further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to earn a certificate? add
  • Cosmetology Operator Certificate
    Four 8-week semesters.
  • Esthetics Certificate
    Three 8-week semester.
  • Class A Barber Crossover Occupational Service Award
    Sixteen weeks of instruction; or one Fall or Spring semester

Cosmetology Dual Credit Certificate can be completed in two years if started at the beginning of a student's junior year in high school.

What can I expect to pay for the program? add
  • Cosmetology certificate requires a total of 34 semester hours
  • Esthetics program requires a total of 23 semester hours
  • Barber program require a total of 11 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.

**Kits and Books are included in the student's tuition.


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 Fall 1 / Spring 1
    MTWR 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Cosmetology Fall 2 / Spring 2
    MTWR 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Dual Credit Freshmen Fall 2020
    MTWR 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Dual Credit Freshmen Spring 2021
    MTWR 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Dual Credit Seniors Fall 2020
    MTWR 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Dual Credit Seniors Spring 2021
    MTWR 12:45 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Esthetic Freshmen Fall I 2020
    MTW 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Esthetic Freshmen Fall II 2020
    MTW 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Barber Courses
    MT 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Is financial aid available for these programs?? add
  • The Cosmetology program may be fully funded if qualified through the Financial Aid Office. 
  • The Esthetics program may receive funding for up to 18 of the 23 semester credit hours if qualified. 
  • The Barber program may be fully funded if qualified.
The Financial Aid Office will help you 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 six campuses.

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What is my first step in enrolling into these programs? add

Submit an application online or through the Admissions office. Or you may contact an Enrollment Guide at a campus ManeStop.

When you have successfully completed the Admissions process, contact Keilah Marcom at or call 940-668-3341 to schedule an appointment to complete paperwork for the Cosmetology programs.

Students wishing to transfer to the NCTC Cosmetology or Esthetics 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 emailing Keilah Marcom, Division Coordinator, at or by phone at (940) 668-3341.