Whether it’s up-dos, asymmetrical cuts, color, perm, blow-outs, manis, pedis, or a throwback bee hive, as a Cosmetologist you are the last word in style. RVCC’s salon-focused approach teaches you the skills and attitude to be successful by working with actual clients. Students participate in local fashion shows, community events, and stylist competitions to stay on the cutting edge of style trends.

Our industry partnerships, job shadowing, and internship programs are why we continue to have outstanding pass rates on the NJ State Licensing Exam. The demand for qualified stylists is growing. Begin your Cosmetology career today.

All graduates receive their industry recognized PBA (Professional Beauty Association) membership. Local job placement assistance and financial aid available.

Program Coordinator, Marcia Bird: 908-526-1200 x8618 or marcia.bird@raritanval.edu

COSM 110
Cosmetology Foundation

In this introductory class you’ll be taught the basic skills and techniques to get you ready for working on real clients in your next class. This course covers:

  • Industry Orientation and Your Professional Success
  • Shampooing, Hair & Scalp Care
  • Decontamination & Infection Control
  • Introduction to Haircutting and Hairstyling
  • Thermal Styling, Hair Design and Extensions
  • Makeup

This course also includes the classwork on applied anatomy and chemistry as it relates to each unit.

COSM 130
Cosmetology Advanced

This advanced course is designed not only to prepare you to successfully pass your state licensure exams, but to be ready for work in a salon. At 600 hours you may be eligible to work in a salon with a student permit. During this course, you will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Barbering, Men's Haircutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Chemical Texturizing
  • Spa Services: Hair Removal, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures
  • The Salon Business Today
  • NJ Laws & Licensing & State Board Preparation

This course also includes the classwork on applied anatomy and chemistry as it relates to each unit.

Prerequisite: COSM 110

COSM 280
Cosmetology Practicum

The 100-hour Cosmetology Professional Practicum provides you with the professional experience needed to work in the cosmetology field. Emphasis is on working safely and competently in a salon environment while maintaining a consistent level of professionalism, throughout the entire practicum.

Prerequisites: COSM 110, COSM 130

In order to be admitted into the program, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the steps on the checklist
  2. Be able to lift 25 lbs.
  3. Be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  4. Have a minimum score of Math 020 and English 060 on the Accuplacer test.
  5. Demonstrate a readiness to complete payments on time.

Students in need of accommodations are encouraged to do so in advance. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at (908) 526-1200 x8418 or x8921 to discuss any accommodation needs.

Admissions are competitive. Fulfilling the entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance to program.

CHECKLIST

Check each item below as you complete requirement(s).

    • Complete an Application for Admission. There is a $25 application fee payable by credit card. If you are already a student at RVCC you do not need to reapply if it is within 3 years.  You will need to change your major at the admissions office.

    • Attend a Cosmetology Information Session. The session will explain in detail about the program and give you a chance to ask questions. Dates, times and locations can be found by clicking here.

    • Schedule an interview. Please call 908-526-1200 x8471 to schedule your interview.

    • Attend interview. Prepare for this interview as you would a job interview. Be prepared to explain why you should be accepted into RVCC’s Cosmetology program and why you are interested in a career in Cosmetology. The interview will be approximately 45 minutes.

    • Submit your official final high school transcript or GED Score Report or Diploma  after graduation to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876. The official high school transcript, which includes your graduation date, must be sealed in an unopened envelope.

    • Submit previous college official transcript(s), if any, to the Office of Enrollment Services, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.

    • Submit immunization record. Submit to the Admissions Office that you’ve had two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and three doses of Hepatitis B vaccinations in accordance with State of New Jersey immunization requirements.

    • Complete placement testing at the RVCC Testing Center (L029), located just to the left of the main reception desk on the main campus. You will need a photo ID and our student ID (G#). You be given Math and English placement tests (Accuplacer). College transcripts or high SAT scores, might exempt you from the Math and English parts of the testing. Allow approximately 2 hours for the testing. We recommend that you prepare ahead of time by studying for the Math and English – for test prep click here.


    • Financial Aid. If you seek financial aid you must complete the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible. For more information, consult the RVCC Financial Aid page. Allow two weeks for processing.

SPRING DAY PROGRAM

Program Start Date:  February 7, 2017
Program Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Program Admissions process must be completed by
January 25, 2017.

SPRING NIGHT PROGRAM

Program Start Date: January 31, 2017
Program Hours: Monday – Friday, 5:00 pm - 10:00pm
Program Admissions process must be completed by January 18, 2017.