Cosmetology Schools in Nashville, TN with Program Information

Sep 10, 2018

The Nashville area has a couple of public schools that offer cosmetology training within about 40 miles of downtown. Learn about the admission and program requirements to find out which option is the right one for you.

Nashville Cosmetology Schools

Those interested in gaining skills in hair, skin and nail care can find a few options around Nashville. There is a total of 27 campuses of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in the state, and this article focuses on two of the closest campuses to Nashville. Find out about hands-on training and coursework requirements for their programs, and then check out a table of stats on each school.

  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville offers cosmetology diploma and aesthetic technology certificate programs. This school is located about six miles from the city's center.
  • The next closest school is Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Dickson, which is situated around 38 miles from downtown Nashville. It also offers a cosmetology programs at the diploma level.

Comparison of Schools

The table below has details on campus settings, graduation rates, enrollment numbers and more - all factors that might impact your choice of where to study cosmetology.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Dickson
School Type Technical school; public Technical school; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 806* 582*
Campus Setting Large city Distant town
Cosmetology Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,462* $4,864*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 80%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 71%* full-time, 40%* part-time 70%* full-time, 20%* part-time
Graduation Rate (Full-Time Students Beginning Studies in 2014-2015) 72%* 76%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville

In addition to the cosmetology programs offered, there are programs at Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville that prepare graduates to become licensed aestheticians; aesthetics is the study of skin care.

Cosmetology Diploma

The skills necessary to obtain state licensure are covered in this 1,500-hour certificate program. The curriculum takes about 16 months to complete, depending on a few factors, such as enrollment status. Students are able to learn about skin, hair and nail care in this program; safety and general sciences are also taught.

Aesthetics Technology Certificate

Students can earn this 864-hour certificate in eight months. Students will study skin care, practice skills and aesthetic procedures. A diploma and a license from the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology will be awarded at the end of this program, including a written and practical exam.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Dickson

Another one of the 27 Tennessee Technology Centers also offers cosmetology training. The Dickson campus has diploma programs and is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Cosmetology Diploma

The coursework for this program ensures that students learn about math, chemistry and physiology. Students also get experience with skin, scalp, nails and hair treatment through practical experiences and training exercises. By the end of the program, students should have completed 1,500 hours of study in approximately 14 months.

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