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A cosmetologist focuses on helping others look and feel their best by providing hair styling, esthetics, nail specialties, waxing services and more. Since a license is required to pursue a career as a cosmetologist, students enrolled in the program have a tremendous advantage. Taught in fully equipped salons by certified, industry-experienced educators, students learn the latest techniques and skills needed to take the New York State written and practical licensing exams. Once licensed, a cosmetology career can take you in many directions and open doors to a variety of career options.

Students in this program have an opportunity to enroll in Rockland Community College’s High School Enrichment Program, which allows them to earn college credits. Articulation agreements with other colleges and institutions also exist.

Program Studies

Preparation for the New York State Cosmetology License Exam

  • Advanced Nail Techniques
  • Braiding
  • Business Skills
  • Chemical Texture Services (permanent waving & chemical hair relaxers)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finger Waving
  • General Sciences
  • Hair Care
  • Haircutting
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair Coloring
  • Mini Facials
  • Makeup Application
  • Nail Care
  • Receptionist
  • Scientific Facials
  • Shop Management
  • Skin Care
  • Theatrical Makeup
  • Thermal Straightening
  • Waxing
  • Wiggery
College Articulations

College of Westchester

Professional Certifications

Preparation for NYS Cosmetology License Exam, NYC Waxing Certification

Career Options

Hair Stylist, Hair Colorist, Nail Technician, Esthetician, Salon Manager, Salon Receptionist, Makeup Artist, Educator, Chemist, Distributor, Waxing Specialist, Platform Artist, Product Salesperson, Entrepreneur


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