Cosmetology

Learn professional cosmetic services in salons, resorts, casinos, dermatologist’s offices and other related industry establishments. This includes courses in hair design, hair sculpting, chemical, esthetic and other cosmetic services, safety and sanitation, management, customer service, and preparation for practicing as licensed cosmetologist in the state of California.

Contact Information

Cosmetology Department
(951) 222-8182 
CosmoAppointment@rcc.edu
COSM

Barbering Concepts
CE
Major Units
47.5-64.5
Typical Time to Completion
2-3 years

Program Requirements

(Not currently offered) 

Cosmetology
AS
CE
Major Units
47.5
Typical Time to Completion
2 years
Program Requirements
Cosmetology Concepts
CE
Major Units
53-70
Typical Time to Completion
2-3 years

Program Requirements

(Not currently offered) 

Cosmetology Instructor Training
CE
Major Units
15
Typical Time to Completion
1 year
Program Requirements
Esthetician
CE
Major Units
20
Typical Time to Completion
8 months
Program Requirements
Esthetician Concepts
CE
Major Units
30-50.5
Typical Time to Completion
2 years

Program Requirements

(Not currently offered) 

Hairstyling Concepts
CE
Major Units
40-57.5
Typical Time to Completion
2-3 years

Program Requirements

(Not currently offered) 

Manicuring Concepts
CE
Major Units
24-41
Typical Time to Completion
2 years

Program Requirements

(Not currently offered) 

If you are interested in technical trades, you can explore other instructional pathways in Advanced Technical Arts and Trades.

How to Apply to Cosmetology and Esthetician Programs

The application for acceptance to the Cosmetology and Esthetician Programs is a two application process.

Follow the steps below to apply for RCC’s Cosmetology or Esthetician Programs:

STEP 1

Students can now apply for all of next year’s semesters as early as October 1 of the year before.

Example: Students can apply for 2021 spring, 2021 summer and 2021 fall as early as October 1, 2020.

Students must have an RCC application on file for the semester applying for and must select Cosmetology as Intended Major. Also, Riverside City College (RCC) must be designated home school.

Once student has submitted the RCC online application to become a student, you must wait 3 business days to receive an email with assigned RCC student ID number. Please read this email carefully, as there are more steps required in order to complete the RCC application. If applicant is a new college student, student must complete online orientation, schedule and take an assessment test and submit first semester education plan in order to register for the course and receive any financial aid assistance.

Students can also complete the online Financial Aid (FASFA) application. Be sure to complete the Financial Aid application as early as October 1st of each year, as long as the student is a college student.

STEP 2

Students interested in applying for the Cosmetology or Esthetician Programs must submit a second application under the Supplemental Applications section located in student’s RCC student account listed as the Cosmetology application. The second Cosmetology application is for both Cosmetology and Esthetician Programs.  Please know that the second Cosmetology/Esthetician application is only available 15 days out of the entire year, see below for details:

If applying for the fall semester, which begins in August, student must submit the second application during the third Monday – Friday of June.

If applying for the spring semester, which begins in January, student must submit the second application during the third Monday – Friday of October.

If applying for the summer semester, which begins in June, student must submit the second application during the third Monday – Friday of March.

Students can only submit one application so be sure to check the appropriate box. Students will know the application processed if student tries to submit a second time and you receive a message stating student can only submit one application.

Candidates are selected by Lottery

Within 30 days of submitting the second Cosmetology/Esthetician application students will receive an email to student’s RCC student email address stating the status of the student’s  application, along with detailed instructions on what to do next, please read this email in its entirety.

If student is not selected, student must submit another application for the next term and be sure to have an RCC application on file for the term student is applying for.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN RCC’S COSMETOLOGY AND ESTHETICIAN PROGRAMS!