Shape Your Future at Pitt’s Cosmetology School

For more than 40 years, Pitt Community College has been training beauty experts through our Cosmetology school. We’re known as one of the most distinguished and affordable Cosmetology programs in eastern North Carolina. In our Cosmetology courses you’ll gain fundamental knowledge and develop your skills through instruction, discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences, including a working salon environment that enables you to hone your abilities in real-world scenarios.

Our fully licensed Cosmetology program teaches students all aspects of Cosmetology — hair, skincare, nails, and makeup — making you highly marketable for a career in the beauty industry. In just over a year, you can be ready to work in a full-service salon or even launch your own beauty business.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for Cosmetology School?

Completing your Cosmetology program at PCC is a smart choice. In addition to our strong reputation, you can expect:

Expert instruction: All of our Cosmetology faculty are certified by the North Carolina Cosmetic Arts Examiners and have real-world experience in a salon setting. We also bring in guest speakers to demonstrate the latest in beauty trends.

Hands-on experience: After completing Cosmetology courses in hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, and more, you’ll put your skills into practice at a working salon with real customers.

Fast and affordable education: Complete our Cosmetology program in just four semesters over one year. With a low tuition of $185.55 per semester, we offer a great value compared to private schools.

Specialized business training: We offer supplemental cosmetology-specific business training to prepare you to run your own salon in the future.

Registration Information

Cosmetology courses start throughout the year, in January, April, July, and October. When you’re ready to begin the Cosmetology school at Pitt Community College, we make it easy to get started:

  • Register online
  • Pay for your first semester
  • Schedule your Cosmetology placement test (basic math and word recognition) by contacting Anita Stroud at 252-493-7912 or alstroud450@my.pittcc.edu
  • Attend orientation

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 $655. 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.

Career Opportunities for Cosmetology School Graduates

Upon completion of our Cosmetology program, you will have the skills and credentials for a variety of careers in the beauty industry, including:

  • Hairstylist
  • Nail technician
  • Salon or spa manager
  • Wedding and event stylist
  • Makeup artist
  • Film and theater stylist
  • Platform artist

“As a client who utilizes the PCC Hairstyling Center, I love how the instructors are always listening and making sure everyone’s doing the procedures correctly. I enjoy helping students learn.”

Rebecca Asher

  • Introduction to Cosmetology
  • Intermediate Cosmetology
  • Advanced Cosmetology
  • Clinical Cosmetology
  • You will become proficient in all aspects of cosmetology, including curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, bleaching, coloring, and similar work on hair.
  • You will learn to give facials; apply makeup; perform skin care; and remove superfluous hair from the body using creams, tweezers, and waxing.
  • You 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 decorating fingernails and applying nail extensions and artificial nails.
  • You will be able to provide natural haircare service that results in tension on hair strands or roots by twisting, wrapping, extending, or locking hair by hand.