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.


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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.


If you are looking for beauty school in New Jersey or a barber school, consider the cosmetology program at RVCC – named a 2017 Excellence in Education Honoree by Modern Salon.
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Cosmetology - Spring 8:30-4:30 M-F
Foundations Course
- February 14 - July 15, 2022
Advanced Course - July 25 - December 9, 2022

Due to uncontrollable circumstances surrounding the pandemic all classes are subject to switching to remote learning and may alter completion dates. 


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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


1.    Complete the steps on the checklist.
2.    Able to lift 25 lbs.
3.    Able to stand for extended periods of time.
4.    Minimum score of Math 020 and English 060 on the Accuplacer test.
5.    Readiness to complete payments on time.  
6.    Complete two health physicals within an 11 month period as required by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hair Styling

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.

Cosmetology 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 have completed an application in the past 3 years, you may not need to pay this fee, however you must change your major selection to Cosmetology.
  • Financial Aid. If you seek financial aid you must complete the FAFSA form at as soon as possible. For more information, consult the RVCC Financial Aid website. Allow two weeks for processing.
  • Attend an 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 at
  • Complete placement testing at the RV Testing Center (L029), located just to the left of the main reception desk on the main campus. You will need a photo ID and an RVCC student number (G#).  You will 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 go to
  • Submit official final high school transcript after graduation, which indicates date of graduation and has the official high school seal, in an unopened envelope or a GED Score Report or diploma to the Admissions Office, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.
  • 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.  For more information on immunization and to download a form for your doctor, see
  • Register for Course: Student will need to have the CRN (Course Registration Number) and course name to register.
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Course Payment: Payment is due before the start of class. If you are seeking Financial Aid, loans or a payment plan, the first payment or guarantee of funding must be in place and recognized by our Finance Office by the start of class.



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