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Cosmetology is the art and science of beautifying hair, skin, and nails.
The main goal of the Cosmetology program is to prepare students to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation examination.   The program prepares students to pass both the Texas written and practical examinations. Students receive this preparation through classes and also by actual salon experience through the program's salon facilities and its clientele.

Kilgore College's Cosmetology Program is actually four programs in one. The program includes the following:

1. Cosmetology, for students who wish to obtain an Operator License
2. Nail Technology, for students who wish to obtain a Manicurist License
3. Facial/Esthetician, for students who wish to obtain a Facialist Specialty License
Dual credit cosmetology for high school students.

What do graduates do?

After completing the classroom hours required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, students must take a practical exam in Dallas and a written exam in Tyler. In the six-hour practical exam, the student uses a model to show competency in all the phases of cosmetology learned in the program. The written exam contains 100 questions. To receive a license, you must pass each exam with a 70 or above.

What is the job outlook?

Career opportunities include self-employment, salon owner, lease license, product representative, color expert, show work, platform artist, cruise ships, doctor's offices, and spas.

hat kind of salary can graduates expect?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for Cosmetology is $21,320. Local salaries vary.

How long does it take?

• For Cosmetology, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLC) requires students to complete 1500 clock hours, which takes three semesters or 12 months.

• For Nail Technology, TDLR requires students to complete 600 clock hours, which takes about (5 1/2) months.

• For Facial/Esthetician, TDLR requires students to complete 750 clock hours, which takes about 9 months.

What is the Cosmetology Pre-Semester?
The 12-credit hour pre-semester prepares students with business skills necessary for salon employment or leasing.

Why take the Cosmetology Pre-Semester?
An average of C or better in the cosmetology pre-semester courses will place a student at the top of the cosmetology waiting list. This position on the waiting list will guarantee that the student may enter the program during the next fall or spring semester.

How do you get more information about the Cosmetology program?
Call Kilgore CollegeLongview at (903)753-2642 and schedule an appointment with a counselor. The counselor will give you information about prerequisites, transcripts, and financial aid.

» Contact Information

Joyce Magner
Phone: (903) 236-2014

Location: Kilgore College--Longview
300 S. High Street
Longview, TX. 75601



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