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Cosmetology Certificate (ZCS)
Frequently Asked Questions

    Admission to the Cosmetology Program occurs in the fall only. Admission is limited to keep classes small and student-focused. Prospective students should submit an application and attend a mandatory info session as early as possible. Acceptance to the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once full capacity is reached, applicants may opt to be placed on a wait list. Wait listed applicants are accepted on a seat-available basis only.

    1. When does the Cosmetology program start?
    The Cosmetology program is a 1000 clock-hour program approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology. The fall-starting Cosmetology program starts in September and runs through the following spring semester. 

    2. On what campus is the Cosmetology program offered?
    The Cosmetology program is offered at the North Shore Business Center located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Building 100 in Middleton.

    3. Is it a part-time or full-time program?
    The Cosmetology program is full-time. Students enrolled in the program attend classes Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

    4. Are there any evening classes in Cosmetology?
    Not at this time.  However, the noncredit division does offer a Nail Technician program in the evening. 

    5. What does the Cosmetology program cover?
    The Cosmetology courses include theory, practice and hands-on instruction. Hairstyling, skincare, manicuring and makeup are all covered.

    6. How much does the program cost?
    The cost is approximately $8,800 (subject to change). Your cosmetology kit and smock is included in this price.

    7. Are there any additional costs?
    Yes, there are additional costs for the textbooks, required clothing/shoes, and field trips. There are also additional fees associated with the Mass State Board licensing written and practical examinations.

    8. Are there any prerequisites for this program?
    Students who apply to the program must possess a high school diploma or GED and attend a Mandatory Information Session to apply to this program. In addition, students are required to take the Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs) PRIOR to Registration.  Although there are no required score levels, these tests provide important information about skills in reading, writing, English and mathematics and may be used for advising purposes. 

    9. Is there a dress code?
    There is a mandatory dress code that includes black scrub pants, black v-neck scrub top and black shoes. These are out-of-pocket costs.

    10. Is financial aid available for the Cosmetology program?
    The Cosmetology program is eligible for financial aid. Students should contact the Student Financial Services office for further information and assistance.

    11. Can I take haircutting only? Do you offer just make-up classes?
    Each student needs to take the entire program which covers theory, practice and hands-on, including instructions in haircutting and make-up, as well as all other areas of cosmetology.

    12. Can I take only manicuring?
    Yes, the Nail Tech program is a 100 clock-hour program. It is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology. Information about the Nail Tech program can be found on the college's web site under Academic, Noncredit Programs of Study. 

    13. Can I take only manicuring and/or aesthetics?
    Yes, both of these programs are run through our noncredit division, you can find more information on the Professional Education website







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