The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills. Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license.


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The Cosmetology program at Gaston College provides students with the knowledge, skills and training they need to have success in the cosmetology industry.  

Hands-on Learning

At Gaston College, cosmetology students are trained in all phases of professional imaging and you’ll have the opportunity to get real work experience with clients at the salon located on our Lincoln Campus.

State Board Exam Prep

Upon graduation you should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. After passing the State Board exam you will be issued a license.

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Associate of Applied Science



Contact Information

Barbara Burgess

BreAnne Walker, Program Chair

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There is a separate application for the Cosmetology Program that needs to be completed in addition to the online Gaston College application.