Pursue your passion for helping others look their best, and train for a profession with job growth that is much faster than average.

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.

Earn an Associate Degree, Diploma or Certificate

At a cost substantially less than at a private beauty school, you can get your associate degree or diploma and be ready for your licensure exam, or you can earn a certificate to be an instructor of Cosmetology.

Hands-on Experience

At Gaston College, cosmetology students are trained in all phases of professional imaging, including hair design, skin care, and nail care, etc., 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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For Gaston College admissions questions, please contact:

For program specific questions, please contact:
Barbara Burgess

Admissions Specialist, Wellness Programs

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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.