A cosmetologist performs, for compensation, arranging, dressing, curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, singeing, bleaching, coloring, or similar work on the hair. A cosmetologist may care for or service wigs or hair pieces; manicure, massage, clean, stimulate, manipulate, exercise, beautify, or perform similar work upon the hands, arms, face, neck, or feet with hands or by use of cosmetic preparations, tonics, lotions or creams; place or apply artificial eyelashes, give facials, apply makeup, give skin care, or remove superfluous hair by tweezing, depilatories, or waxing. Students enrolled in the course will be required to complete 1,500 hours in practice and theory at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Upon completion of the program, the students will be required to pass a written and practical examination for licensure.

Licensed Cosmetologists who have a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET and wish to become certified Cosmetologist instructors may enroll in the Junior Instructor training program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. This program will provide 300 clock hours of training which will be completed within approximately one year. Students will receive a minimum of 100 clock hours of traning in lesson and motivation and will receive training in practice teaching under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. The Cosmetology program is located at the main compus at 355 Scott High Dr, Huntsville, TN.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length
Clock Hours 1,500
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,785.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,190.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials

  • Must be 18 years of age and completed at least the 10th grade with 10 high school credits or have a high school diploma or have obtained a score of at least 450 on the GED or HiSET equivalent
  • Complete and submit an Application for Enrollment
  • Have a definite occupational goal
  • Submit evidence of MMR and Varicella immunizations

Campus Locations

Main Campus
355 Scott High Drive
Huntsville, TN 37756

Job Duties

Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 12,660

Current job openings per year: 1,720

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