Pearl River Community College


Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: The Cosmetology Program is an 11 month (three-semester) program of study designed to lead to a Technical Certificate.

  • The program provides a curriculum which includes the theory and practical skills, and salon ethics and management required to become a licensed cosmetologist. Professionals may choose one of several careers including Licensed Cosmetologist, Nail Technician, Salon Manager/Owner, and instructor.
  • Students practice techniques in a supervised salon setting including hair are, nail care, chemical services, and skin care.
  • Instruction includes emphasis on hygiene, sanitation, customer relations, and salon management.
  • The curriculum is designed to comply with the standards of the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology with the requirement of 1500 contact hours of instruction for students.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the program of study, a student will be eligible to request examination by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology to become a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Mississippi.
  • Enrollment is open in the fall semester.
  • Please complete the PRCC Admissions Application, indicating Cosmetology as your desired Major. Additionally, selection for admission into the Cosmetology Program is based on the successfully completion of 10-panel drug test, TB test, TABE or ACT score and slot availability.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: All states require barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved barber or cosmetology program and then pass a state exam for licensure.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Possible Careers in this Program: Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists typically do the following:

  • Inspect and analyze hair, skin, and scalp to recommend treatment
  • Discuss hairstyle options
  • Wash, color, lighten, and condition hair
  • Chemically change hair textures
  • Cut, dry, and style hair
  • Receive payments from clients
  • Clean and disinfect all tools and work areas

Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide hair and beauty services to enhance clients’ appearance. Those who operate their own barbershop or salon have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median hourly wage for barbers was $12.38 in May 2016.
The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $11.66 in May 2016.