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Cosmetology Department


Dear Future Beauty Professional,

If you received an add/registration code at last week’s orientation, we are experiencing technical difficulties with our registration system.  As soon as the adjustment has been made, registration will resume.  Please be advised; YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR PROGRAM SEAT….

Please use email address to contact us.  We will do our best to keep you updated.  Thanks for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.


Patricia Grooms-Jones, Prof.

Department Chair

San Diego City College




Welcome to the Cosmetology Department at San Diego City College,

We commit to providing you with every opportunity to succeed in all of our programs, which include esthetics, nail tech and cosmetology. Our instructional faculty are industry experts, highly educated and are always excited to share career experiences and foundational skills. Our goal is to prepare you for California's State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination and beyond. We are the only program in the state of california that can offer students the option of obtaining a certificate of acheivement or an associate degree in cosmetology or esthetics.  At City College Cosmetology, diversity and inclusion is important and we empower our students with the knowledge needed to perform services on any hair or skin type. Our comprehensive programing and use of the latest digital educational platforms ensure that our students are prepared and ready to meet the demands of this creative and exciting industry. Our long standing program will instill in each student a strong foundation and competitive edge. We believe these attritbutes will lead to the best opportunities that the beauty industry has to offer.  Join us and begin your journey to becoming a beauty professional at City College School of Cosmetology.


Services to the general public will become available by fall 2024.  Please check back for an updated schedule by June 2024.


Our Cosmetology Department currently offers:

Cosmetology 1000 Hours Two Semesters Full Time: M-F 8:30am-3:30pm
Esthetics 600 Hours One Semester Full Time: M-F 8am-4:30pm
Nail Technician  400 Hours One Semester Full Time: M-F 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Barbering Not Offered at this time Not Offered at this time Not Offered at this time
Part-Time Programs Not Offered at this time Not Offered at this time Not Offered at this time

The Esthetician program and Nail Technician Program course are only offered at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. 

The Cosmetology program will start (1) one cohort every fall and will complete the program at the end of that academic year. (4) four sucessful 8-week sessions entitle the student to a cetificate of acheivement and proof of training document, which is necessary to petition the California State Board for the state licensing examination. 

Associates Degree

We offer an assoicates degree option with our Cosmetology and Esthetician programs. Please meet with a counselor to create an educational plan today! 

Schedule your counseling appointment by contacting: Couseling Department

San Diego City College Counseling Department

Location: Building A 

Office A-366

Phone: (619) 388-3540

 Orientation Dates & Enrollment Process  

Thank you for your interest in our programs! 

Listed below is the latest update regarding our programs. Due to changes made by the California legislature we are currently revising our enrollment process to reflect the recent changes. As we plan for a fall start date for all of our programs we will conduct (3) three virtual information sessions in the months of April and May, 2024 followed by a mandatory in-person session in early May in preparation for the fall class.

**New Date Added**

Virtual Orientation Dates

Due to popular demand we have added a third date for the Zoom information Session

*Please note that the meeting on April 24th will be capped at 100 participants, however the meeting on May 1st will not have a cap. If you are unable to get into the meeting on the 24th, please join us on May 1st.

Virtual Orientation will start at 1pm.

In-person orientation is to be announced. 

Attendance to one of the above virtual sessions followed by our manditory orientation session is necessary to complete the enrollment process. 

Financial Aid

Our Cosmetology, Esthetician, and Nail Technician Programs encourage all students to check with financial aid for eligibilty requirements and recommends to prospective students apply for FASA. Applications opened in January 2024. Some student are eligible for financial assistance that could cover the cost of the tool kits, uniforms and books. Please seek the services of financial aid to see if you qualify.


Location: A-building , Rm. A-270

Hours: Monday-Thrusday 8:00am-6:00pm & Friday 8:00am-1:00pm

Office Phone: (619) 388-3501


1. You must attend (1) one virtual information session and mandatory orientation to receive program permission code. 

2. Upon receipt of the permission code the student will have (7) business days to register and pay for their course. All unused permission codes will be reassigned to those student who did not receive a permission code on the mandatory orientation day. We will repeat this process until the course is filled. 

3. There will be (1) one cosmetology cohort per year entering in the fall and completing the program by the end of the spring session.

4. Esthetics will have (2) two cohorts per year (1) one in the fall & (1) one in the spring.

5. Students seeking a associates degree are encouraged to take transferable general elective course before or after the cosmetology or esthetic course work.

Community Engagement & Services are set to resume fall 2024.

Please contact us at to schedule High School Tours of our department or request a school visit as we participate in the "Workforce Wednesday" program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Display competence in the subjects covered in the course and is evidenced by a minimum final examination score of 75 percent or greater