Now may be the best time to join the cosmetology field. Between influencers showing us what’s possible and a growing understanding of skin, nail and hair health needs, it makes sense that the number of cosmetology jobs is growing.

Cosmetology is the professional practice or skill of beautifying the skin, hair and nails. Cosmetologists are masters of treatments, procedures and therapies that help their clients accentuate their best features and present a more attractive version of themselves. The opportunities are endless!

Hair Styling and Cutting

Hair design involves cutting, shaping, texturing, styling, coloring, bleaching, curling, tinting and treating hair. Typically, hair design is the biggest focus in total hours within a cosmetology program.


Esthetics is the field of skincare. Our cosmetology program will give you the flexibility to incorporate skincare services into your overall skillset in beauty services by teaching you basics of treatments like exfoliation, skin conditioning, wrinkle reduction, facials, tanning, skin detox, masks or anti-aging procedures.

Nail Services

With a cosmetology license, you will be able to perform manicures, pedicures and other treatments specific to nails and cuticles. Some cosmetologists may do nail artistry, including nail jewelry and the application of gels or acrylics.


Cosmetologists can apply makeup, such as special occasion and event makeup for photoshoots, weddings, proms, or fashion shows. Some may work with film or theater directors to achieve special effects on actors.

Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology

The AAS in Cosmetology is a 4-semester program that provides instruction in all aspects of cosmetology. Students begin in the fall semester and complete their studies over the next 16 months.


What can I do with this degree?

A career in cosmetology can take you as far as you want! Hairstylist, consultant, skin specialist, nail technician, esthetician, instructor, manager or salon owner are all possible. How about a makeup artist on a Hollywood movie set? The sky is the limit!


Estimated rates for the current academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.

WV & OH Residents

Per Credit Hour

$160 - $221

Per Semester

$1,920 - $2,652

Fall & Spring Semesters

$3,840 - $5,304


Per Credit Hour

$358 - $382

Per Semester

$4,296 - $4,584

Fall & Spring Semesters

$8,592 - $9,168

High School Students

Per Credit Hour


Per Semester


Fall & Spring Semesters


Lisa Carter

Director, School of Cosmetology

WTCIS Division


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