Renown for our excellent program and accolades in contests around the nation, the San Jose School of Cosmetology prides itself in being the top cosmetology school in the state of California. We offer an unmatched curriculum for all ages, an award-winning dedicated staff, and inexpensive services for men and women. Please browse the categories to the left for more!
Enrollment into the program is accepted in either the fall or spring semester. Most students complete the program in two full semesters and a summer session. The cosmetology program is designed for full-time students only. Because SJCC is a community college funded by the state, we are able to provide this comprehensive education at a fraction of the cost of private schools. The estimated cost of the entire program is $6,000.
Students enrolled in the Cosmetology program have the opportunity to receive instruction in the areas of hair, skin, nail, and salon skills. After completing the program, students can earn a Certificate of Achievement and/or Associate of Science degree. In addition, SJCC graduates acquire necessary skills and knowledge to pass the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exam. To be eligible for the State license, students must successfully complete 1600 clock hours in an educational institution approved by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology.
There are two different options for degrees offered in cosmetology:
FIRST SEMESTER (FRESHMAN)The Freshmen semester is fashioned to teach beginner students the basics of cosmetology including a solid foundation of theory as well as practical experience in a lab. The following classes are designed to give the beginning student just what he or she needs to get started.
COS 10A: Cosmetology Freshman Theory This is the first course in the sequence required of majors in Cosmetology. This class gives a general introduction to Cosmetology, including chemical compounds commonly found in soaps, shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, permanent waving, chemical straightening, and disinfectants. Bacteriology and sanitation processes are stressed as well as the political, social and economic aspects of the role of Cosmetology in today's society. All students are required to keep an information notebook and create projects demonstrating deductive reasoning and critical thinking. This course, with its co-requisite, COS 105A, meets Area B General Education requirement for Physical and Biological Sciences.
COS 105A: Cosmetology Freshman Lab The lab section for first semester cosmetology students includes beginning instruction in the following subject areas: hairstyling, hair shaping, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, thermal styling, hair coloring, hair lightening, scalp and hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup, eyebrow arching, sanitation, shampoos/rinses and understanding of pH. Client safety and sanitary precautions for each practice area are emphasized. Students must concurrently enroll in Cos10A.
SECOND SEMESTER (SENIOR)
The second semester of the cosmetology program consists of a strong emphasis on hard work and dedication. Lab time and client time is a must and hours are important in gaining hands-on experience.COS 10B: Cosmetology Senior TheoryCosmetology 10B is a continuation of the course in the sequence required of majors in Cosmetology. This class gives more in-depth information of Cosmetology including chemistry, electricity, light therapy, anatomy, physiology, State rules and regulations, business management and people skills. Laboratory assignments are performed with an emphasis on safety and critical thinking. Students are required to keep a notebook and to write reports which include deductive reasoning and critical thinking. This course, with its corequisite, COS 105A, meets Area B General Education requirement for Physical and Biological Sciences.COS 105B: Cosmetology Senior LabThe second semester lab course gives in-depth information about Cosmetology including advance manipulative skills in hairstyling, hair cutting, hair coloring, permanent waving, manicuring, makeup, facials, scalp massage, hair removal, shampooing, chemical relaxing, thermal styling, pedicures, artificial nails, and other procedures required by the State Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology. Social, cultural, psychological, political and economical aspects of cosmetological vocation and entrepreneurship are discussed. This course, with its corequisite, COS 105B, meets Area B General Education requirement for Physical and Biological Sciences.
SUMMER SESSION (CONTINUING SENIOR)
COS 105: Cosmetology Professional SkillsThis course is designed for continuing students who must meet the California Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology requirement of 1600 hours. The lecture portion will include the Health and Safety Module. The following advanced topics are covered in lab: hair design, hair sculpting (cutting), hair coloring, perm design, shampooing, manicuring, make-up, facials, scalp massage, hair removal by wax and tweezers, hair relaxing, thermal styling, braiding/hair extensions, and spa pedicures. Both concepts and manipulative skills related to each area are emphasized.
File program application in the Cosmetology department (This is separate from general SJCC application for admission)Because of the high demand, the Cosmetology department maintains a wait list of students to enroll in the program. In order to get on the waitlist, one must fill out and submit the Cosmetology department program application. The application can be downloaded hereor can be obtained by calling the department at 408-288-3710. The application must be completed and mailed to:
The Cosmetology DepartmentSan Jose City College2100 Moorpark AveSan Jose, CA 95125
If you wish to tour the department before you make the decision to enroll in the program, we are open for you to walk through on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:15 am - 2:30 pm or contact the front desk at 408-288-3710.
It is recommended that you use this time to enroll in general education courses as they can be used toward your Associate in Science degree in Cosmetology.
Applications are processed in April for the Fall semester and in October for the Spring semester. At this point, the department sends out letters with reply postcard to all eligible applicants. Follow the instructions on the letter and return the postcard by the deadline with your intent to enroll. Be sure to keep the department updated with any change of address and/or phone number.
Complete SJCC application for admission and submit either in person or online. To be eligible for admission, students must be at least 18 years old or have one of the following:
For further information about the admission process, contact the following departments:
You will be notified in the mail about mandatory orientation.
Submit the requested information to the department. Provided have you met the requirements, you will be given C-9 form to register along with an orientation packet. Without this form, you are not allowed to register at the Admissions & Records Office. Online and/or telephone registration is not available for Cosmetology students.
Orientation is mandatory for all perspective Freshman students. All information you need to know about the program including State Board requirements, cost of kit, tuition, etc., will be provided at this orientation. Parents are welcome to attend.
Kit day (Purchase kit and other course materials including orientation – set aside all day)
Orientation about the program, syllabus, procedures, etc., is conducted on the first day of the class. Every student is required to present a proof of his/her current TB test within first two weeks of the semester. Free TB screening services are available from Student Health Services. For additional information and appointments call 408-288-3724.
A cosmetologist, sometimes called a beautician or beauty specialist, is someone who specializes in giving beauty treatments, usually to women. A cosmetologist is proficient in hair treatments, facials and other skin and nail treatments.
Some cosmetologists specialize in just one of these areas. The sub-categories of cosmetologist are hair stylist, shampooer, manicurist, estheticians, and electrologists. Often cosmetologists specialize in more than one of these categories.
A hair stylist specializes in the cutting, curling, uncurling, styling and coloring of hair. Hair stylists also apply hair extensions and weaves. They also shampoo and condition clients’ hair, though this is not always necessary. Some hairstylists also give recommendations and perform work on wigs and hairpieces.
The shampooer is really a sub-category of the hair stylist. A shampooer shampoos and conditions a client's hair as preparation for the hair stylist. Shampooers are normally only employed by larger salons which have large numbers of customers simultaneously.
A manicurist specializes in nail care, including manicures, pedicures, and nail extensions.
An esthetician specializes in facials, head and neck massages, and hair removal through waxing. Some estheticians offer full-body massages. Estheticians may offer one or more of the following types of waxing: bikini, Brazilian, leg, or arm.
An electrologist offers removal of unwanted hair via an electrolysis machine. As opposed to the hair removal via waxing offered by an esthetician, hair removal via electrolysis is permanent. It has recently been argued that barbers are also cosmetologists who extend the hair stylist specialty with services especially for men, such as shaving and beard trimming.
The following are some other examples of the careers you may choose:
Tuition costs vary according to California Residency and semester.
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The cosmetology staff at San Jose City College is comprised of some of the most passionate and well-trained staff in cosmetology servicesin the nation. In addition to teaching classes weekly, many of the full-time instructors practice on the side as well, keeping them well versed in the modern and newly developing technologies in Cosmetology.
Sandra Honesto, a San Jose native, is a full-time faculty member. She brings 18 years of experience in the Cosmetology industry, has completed the Cosmetology Teacher Trainee Program at SJCC Cosmetology Department and became full time faculty in September of 004. She enjoys all aspects of working within the Cosmetology industry, but teaching has allowed her an opportunity to share her knowledge and passion with future Cosmetology professionals.
Susie Zagar has worked in the cosmetology field for over 30 years. Susie has her AS degree in Cosmetology from San Jose City College and has worked for the SJCC Cosmetology Department for five years. Her specialty areas are Hair extensions and Hair color.
Rosemarie is an 18-year veteran Cosmetology educator and a native of Northern California. Rosemarie discovered her love of education early in her career. Line, design, and color have always been her passions. She studied Interior Design at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She completed her basic training in Cosmetology at Don's Beauty School in San Mateo. She holds the following credentials from the California State Board of Cosmetology: Licensed Cosmetologist, Licensed Cosmetology Instructor, and Licensed Esthetician. She completed advanced training at Jingle's Hairdressing Academy in London, England, Framesi in Milan, Italy, Yosh in Palo Alto, and Gary Gerrard's Academy in San Francisco. She has taught at several schools in the Bay Area - Don's Beauty School, Skyline Community College, Miss Marty's Academy, and San Jose City College, using both the Milady and Pivot Point curricula. She has been an active supporter of CCA as a former member of the Fashion Committee and as a former Judge for CCA competitions.
Contacts for program information:
Teacher Trainer Application
Email signed applications to:
or mail to:
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
Drop off on campus at: Cosmetology Office
or Reprographics Cosmetology mailbox
The cosmetology Licensing Agency is the Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Visit their website for more information: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology