cosmetology

Hair design, skin care and nail care


About Cosmetology (C.C.)

The mission of the Cosmetology Career Certificate (C.C.) program is to provide excellent and meaningful education to all cosmetology students. The Cosmetology program has cosmetology instructors who believe in a team approach that is flexible and understanding of the individual needs which enables each student to reach their full potential and the achievement of success. A theoretical and practical hands-on approach is given to all aspects of cosmetology including, but not limited to, hair design, chemical relaxing, permanent waving, hair coloring, skin care and nail care. This will not only prepare the cosmetology student for the state licensure examination but will also prepare them for successful entry into the workforce.

Cosmetology students provide client services as part of the program curriculum. All services are completed by the students under the supervision of an instructor who is also a licensed cosmetologist. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (904) 766-5566.

Cosmetology is a limited access program that requires 1,200 contact hours and can be completed in 12 months, approximately three terms. Students have the option of attending the day or evening program. Attendance for this program is state mandated; therefore, before you begin the application process, please ensure that you will be able to attend 100% of the course.

  • Day classes (Phase I and Phase II) meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the Fall, Spring and Summer Terms. No classes held on Saturday.
  • Phase III meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. during the Fall, Spring and Summer Terms. No classes held on Saturday.
  • Evening classes (Phase I and Phase II) meet Monday through Thursday from
    5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Phase III meets Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. No classes held on Saturday

If you have trouble accessing documents and need to request an alternate format, please contact Cosmetology department at cosmetology@fscj.edu. Packets can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at the North Campus at Building D-1st floor.

A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework. 

If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in that state.

Program Requirements

Outcomes and Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment of cosmetologists is projected to increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. The demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years and is expected to continue over the next decade. Job openings will result from the need to replace workers who have retired or have chosen to leave the industry for various reasons. As a licensed cosmetologist, a host of opportunities are available such as makeup artist, hair stylist, salon owner/manager, color specialist, cosmetician, and manufacturer representative, just to name a few. 

Certification/Licensing

After successfully completing the program, students are qualified to take the cosmetology examination given by the Florida State Board of Cosmetology at myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/cosmetology. Licensing and certification for immediate employment in the field are obtained by passing this examination.

If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in that state.



This academic program prepares you for the following careers.

Resources and Documents

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Program Information

This is a Limited Access program. 

Program Code:  5743


Financial Information

Tuition and Fees: Approximately $3,971*
 Financial aid is available, if qualified.

Additional Costs

Approximately $630

Contact Information

Phone: (904) 766-6702

*Tuition reflects Florida resident rates and are subject to change. Certain classes that require labs may have additional fees for lab supplies. Additional fees are published in the class schedule