Program Overview

The Cosmetology program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of cosmetology. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

The program emphasizes specialized training in safety, sanitation, state laws, rules and regulations, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, skin, hair, nail diseases and disorders, hair treatments and manipulations, hair shaping, hair styling, artificial hair, braiding/intertwining hair, chemical reformation and application, skin and nail care, hair coloring, hair lightening, reception, sales, management, math, reading, writing, interpersonal relations development, computer skills, employability skills, and work ethics.  The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology.  Program graduates receive a Cosmetology diploma and are employable as a cosmetology salesperson, cosmetologist, salon manager, or a salon owner.

Upon successful completion of the cosmetology program, a licensure examination is required by the State of Georgia. The test is both a practical evaluation requiring a minimum of 70% accuracy and a written evaluation, which also requires a minimum of 70%.

After obtaining a passing score on both the written and practical examination, a candidate must submit an application for licensure to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology with the appropriate fee. Passing the written and practical exam does not guarantee licensure. All criminal convictions and any board sanctions must be reviewed by the Board as a consideration for licensure.

Students are accepted into the Cosmetology diploma program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 4 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 55 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Cosmetology diploma program must be motivated, personable, creative, and able to work independently.  Appearance, punctuality, and professional attitude are only a few of the personal traits required to be successful in this profession.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$17,000.00 – $20,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $6,824.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,645.00
Liability Insurance:  $11.00
charged upon program entry and annually at beginning of calendar year
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Upon passing the State of Georgia licensure exam, graduates may choose from a variety of career options: hair stylist, nail technician, skin care specialist/esthetician, manufacturer representative, hair colorist, salon owner, salon chain owner, salon manager, or retail specialist. Cosmetology offers limitless opportunities in a rapidly growing industry. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Students must complete the entire OFTC diploma program in order for faculty to sign and approve State of Georgia board licensure application forms.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • COSM1000Introduction to Cosmetology Theory4 credit hours60 contact hours
  • COSM1010Chemical Texture Services3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1020Hair Care and Treatment3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • COSM1030Haircutting3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1040Styling3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1050Hair Color3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1060Fundamentals of Skin Care3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1070Nail Care and Advanced Techniques3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1080Physical Hair Services Practicum3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1090Hair Services Practicum I3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1100Hair Services Practicum II3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1110Hair Services Practicum III3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1115Hair Services Practicum IV2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1120Salon Management3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • COSM1125Skin and Nail Care Practicum2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours