Build Your Future in Cosmetology

The Cosmetology Program will prepare a student for a career and/or employment in the technical field of Cosmetology with basic entry level knowledge and skills in: Professional development, salon ecology, anatomy and physiology, electricity, chemistry, salon business, trichology, design decisions, sculpture, hair design, wigs and hair additions, texture, color, nails and nail enhancements, skin care, and make-up.   The program also offers opportunities for student involvement such as the Trendsetters.  Trendsetters is the Fullerton College Cosmetology club that organizes students activities and involvement of campus and community activities.  Every semester the Cosmetology Program offers an orientation session to prospective students (Refer to the college schedule for date/time or contact the Cosmetology department office).

The program includes five consecutive levels that prepare students to become eligible to take the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exams. Eligibility for the State exam requires continuous attendance, completion of 1600 clock hours, and completion of Department and State-mandated coursework.

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  • Apply for financial aid:
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Cosmetology Department Office
714.992-7123, 714.732.5462, 714.732.5463

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition
includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141)

Costs could vary; please visit website for more information:

1. Current Books:
$ 779.25 (plus tax) purchase from the Fullerton College bookstore. Proof of purchase is required!
2. Current Kit:
Module 1 – $800.00 (To be paid before 1st day of class) (Plus Sales Tax)
Module 2 – $755.00 (To be paid the last week of Level 1) (Plus Sales Tax)
The kit is to be purchased from Western Kit Company.

3. Other expenses:
Expect to spend approximately $500 for materials throughout the 1600 hour program.

4. Units:
$46.00 per unit. (50 units total for Levels 1-5 (1,600 clock hours))

5. Uniform:
Mandatory – (black scrub pant, a black scrub shirt and 100% black leather or imitation leather shoes).

Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.

Cosmetology Program: 1,600 clock hours
There are two enrollment options for the Cosmetology program:
• Full-time Day Program: Monday-Friday, from 7:00am to 4:30pm (approximately 1 year to complete all 5 levels).
• Part-time Evening Program: Monday-Thursday, from 5:00 to 10:30pm (approximately 2 years to complete all 5 levels).

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit:

Average Salary: $21,510 – $45,540
• Cosmetologist
• Hair Stylist
• Master Cosmetologist
• Stylist
• Barber Stylist

Employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair care services. In addition, demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

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Cosmetology Department Office


Average Salary in this Field

$21,510 to

$45,540 Per Year

Careers in this Field


Barber Stylist

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