This program is approved by
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paseo Road Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260


Open Seats Available for Cosmetology 

Cosmetology Orientation

The Cosmetology/Esthetician program is designed to provide entry level skills to students interested in a career in the cosmetology/esthetician profession. California State law requires that persons enrolling in Cosmetology/Esthetician courses must be at least sixteen years of age. Students in the Cosmetology/Esthetician program will be required to comply with and maintain standards of dress code.

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* The Orientation list below is held for those interested the following programs; Cosmetology, Esthetician & Nail Technician. The duration of the orientation is from 1:00 p. m-. 3:00 p.m.

Location: San Diego City College Downtown San Diego our department is in the V-Building
Career Technology Center
1081 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

* Parking is available behind the back of the building.

6/20/2016Mon1:00 pm2:30 pmV-101
7/18/2016Mon1:00 pm2:30 pmV-101
8/01/2016Mon1:00 pm2:30 pmV-101
9/12/2016Mon1:00 pm2:30 pmV-101
10/10/2016Mon1:00 pm2:30 pmV-101
12/12/2016Mon1:00 pm2:30 pmV-101

*There is a waitlist for those interested in a Barbering Program. Please contact Sudie Phillips our Department Chair to be added to the list of prospective students.
Veronica Gaeta :

 Career Technology Center V- building 1081 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Sudie Phillips, M. Ed. Department Chair and Professor,
Kim McAdams, Senior Secretary, School of Business,
Kim Shafer, Professor, Cosmetology,


Orientation is mandatory prior to registration. Dates and Times are listed above.

Program Enrollment

Program add codes are required for continuing students for spring, summer and fall semesters. Course work from other Cosmetology programs will not clear City College course work. New students can start mid semester every fall, spring, summer. Program vacancies are filled by students. Students are required to purchase all textbooks, uniforms, practical kits, tools and small manually handled equipment.

Program Hours

Cosmetology courses are offered during the day and evening.

Full-Time Programs: The schedule of lecture and lab hours varies per semester.

State Board Verification: Students with previous course hours in Cosmetology from another community college program must provide written State Board documentation. These courses cannot be used for the major. The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology requires 1600 hours of instruction for Cosmetology or 600 hours of instruction for Esthetics, both careers require a passing score on the State Board examination to become licensed and eligible for employment. Students participate in practical and theoretical training under the supervision of a State-licensed and community-college-credentialed instructor at all times while enrolled in the program.

Program Emphasis

Students are expected to learn fundamental practices and procedures of cosmetology or esthetician services. This includes laboratory instruction in client cosmetology or esthetician services. Instructional opportunities provide the student with salon site visitation, guest speakers, exposure to the cosmetology industry, small business concepts and current changes in the field of cosmetology which lead to career opportunities and advancement. Students are provided with opportunities to develop skills in sales, community and client relations, care of skin, hair and nails, as well as salon management. A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in order to advance in the course sequence.


  • Milady’s Standard Cosmetology Book Package (3 books) $395.00
  • Intro to Cosmetology Burmax Kit $ 1,150.00 *Tax not included
    *Prices subject to change per semester (kits will be delivered to class on first day of school)
  • Cosmetology Uniform-prices vary; Black Scrubs and Shoes San Diego City College Logo Required (refer to Cosmetology Orientation Power Point)

To purchase supplies for the upcoming Fall Semester please contact the Department Chair: Professor Sudi Phillips for Cosmetology via email

Career Options

Some careers in cosmetology require education beyond the associate degree. Examples of careers in cosmetology include: salon owner/manager, cosmetologist (salon services), platform stylist (demonstrates products and techniques for manufacturer), competition stylist, cosmetology instructor, technical writer for trade magazine, seminar/demonstration speaker and education specialist (for a manufacturer).
Examples of careers as an esthetician include: Salon or Spa Esthetician, Spa Esthetic Consultant, cosmetic consultant, makeup artist for theatre, film and/or television, medical esthetic assistant, manufacturer representative for skin care, cosmetics or esthetic equipment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Cosmetology/Esthetician program the student will be able to:

  • Apply cosmetology/Esthetician concepts, procedures and practices to successfully pass the State Board Examination.
  • Practice safety, health, and sanitation procedures as set forth by the California Bureau of Cosmetology/Esthetician.
  • Utilize professional practice terminology and techniques as required by the California Bureau of Cosmetology/Esthetician examination.
  • Perform all practical applications required for the state board examination/state licensure.
  • Explain basic cosmetology/esthetician concepts, terms and definitions.
  • Compare and contrast cosmetology/esthetician procedures and practices.
  • Apply cosmetology/esthetician products and procedures in providing services to clients.