Online College Cosmetology Degree Program Options

Research online cosmetology courses and programs. Find out what you can learn in these courses and what you'll need in order to participate in online learning to determine if it's the right choice for you.

Essential Information

Cosmetology training programs are offered at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels at beauty schools, community colleges and trade schools. Because they require a great deal of practice, in-person observation and interactive learning, cosmetology degree programs are not commonly offered online. However, certain schools may give students the option of taking the classroom component of their programs from home and then completing the hands-on portion in-person at their respective schools. If you prefer a fully online schooling option, you can pursue education in a related field as a nail technician.

Cosmetology programs prepare students to take their state's cosmetology licensing exam. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), cosmetologists are required to be licensed in all 50 states.

Cosmetology Certificate/Diploma/Degree

Cosmetology certificate and diploma programs can be completed in as little as one year. Associate's degree programs may take longer. All of these programs require about 1,600 practice hours, the typical number of hours necessary to sit for state licensure exams. Additionally, students get plenty of hands-on experience, usually in the form of practicum courses, in which students service actual clients in a salon setting.

List of Common Cosmetology Topics

  • Hair styling
  • Hair coloring
  • Nail Care
  • Safety
  • Business and salon management (for Associate degree)

Career Information

Once students complete cosmetology training programs and obtain state licensure, they may be able to find work at salons, television studios or modeling agencies.

Since this program does require some hands-on experience, this online program is more of a hybrid option where students can take the classroom portion of courses from home and the rest of the practical experiences of the career on campus. Specific topics that are taught in these programs include nail care, safety and hair styling.

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