The Pitt Community College Cosmetology program is one of the most distinguished and affordable programs in Eastern NC. Our PCC Hair Styling Academy offers 1500 hours of training through classroom hours as well as supervised practical experience. Students can earn their required hours and be eligible for the North Carolina Cosmetic Arts Board licensing examination in just one year!

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Coursework includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

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Cosmetology Registration

Students can schedule a placement test and register at any time during the year. New classes begin four times throughout the year – January, April, July, and October. Refer to the course schedule for specific dates.

Students interested in joining the Cosmetology program should complete registration information online for the Cosmetology Program Interest/Wait List using the PCC Continuing Education online registration process.  Payment of tuition ($185.55) for a three-month session/semester of the Cosmetology program will be required to be paid at this time utilizing a debit or credit card.  Completion of this information will allow staff to contact potential students via email to discuss how prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled for this program (placement tests, etc.).

Once staff have verified that all prerequisites are met, students will be informed that their registration is complete and that they have been admitted to the program and registered to a specific class – Intro or Clinical.  Any students who do not meet the entrance qualifications or complete the required prerequisites in a timely manner for the Cosmetology program will receive a full refund. There is limited capacity for this program; registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Wendy Dunbar at 252-493-7528 or wdunbar@email.pittcc.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be high school graduate or equivalent
  • Take the cosmetology placement test (Basic Math and Word Recognition) contact Anita Stroud at 252.493.7912 or alstroud450@my.pittcc.edu to schedule your placement test
  • Transfer students should provide a copy of their skills and hours transcript from their former cosmetology program. This skills and hours transcript must be approved to receive credit for those hours and advance in the PCC program.
  • Attend mandatory orientation


Costs associated with the program include tuition which is $185.55 per semester for 4 semesters, uniforms (black scrubs), books ($320), and a cosmetology kit.

Cosmetology Kit

You must be prepared to purchase a cosmetology kit on the first day of class. The kit can be purchased through Pitt Community College at the cost of $610. You may purchase a cosmetology kit elsewhere but all the items must be comparable to the PCC kit. In addition, your kit must be approved by PCC prior to the first day of class. PCC accepts cash, money orders, and debit/credit cards.

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  • Students will become proficient in all aspects of cosmetology including the act of curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, bleaching, coloring, or similar work upon the hair.
  • Students will learn to give facials; apply makeup; perform skin care; and remove superfluous hair from the body of a person by use of creams, tweezers, or waxing.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in manicuring including the care and treatment of the fingernails, toenails, cuticles on fingernails and toenails, and the hands and feet, including the decoration of the fingernails and the application of nail extensions and artificial nails.
  • Students will be able to provide natural hair care service that results in tension on hair strands or roots by twisting, wrapping, extending, or locking hair by hand.