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Cosmetology FAQ

Welcome to FAQ Section!

How many hours are needed to qualify to take the State Board examinations?
1600 hours for the Cosmetology program.

How long is the Cosmetology Program?
Length of program completion will vary per student's schedule and other factors.

Is there a part-time program?
Classes are offered independently of each other, so students may choose to attend full or part-time to fit their personal schedules.

Must classes be taken in a specific order?
Classes without prerequisites may be taken in any order. Others must be taken sequentially: for example, Cosmetology 11A must be taken before Cosmetology 21A, which must be taken before Cosmetology 31A.

Is hands-on experience included?
After 400 classroom hours, students can gain practical experience in the Cosmetology Department’s busy on-site salon.

What is the tuition?
Enrollment fees are on a per-unit basis. Current California resident, non-resident and international student fee information is online at and in the class schedule.

Are there additional costs?
Total costs for textbooks, student kits and incidentals are approximately $2000.

Is there an AA degree in Cosmetology?
In addition to receiving a Cosmetology Certificate of Completion, students may apply their 36-unit credits towards a Cosmetology Associate Arts degree.

Is financial aid available?
SMC offers a variety of financial assistance to students through the Financial Aid office at (310) 434-4343.

Is job placement provided?
Some employers post employment opportunities directly with the Cosmetology Department. Santa Monica College’s Career Services Center may also provide additional help.