Robeson Community College

Cosmetology Diploma Program

  • Diploma Program- D55140

Career Description

The Cosmetology Curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

The cosmetology program is designed to prepare students through classroom and practical instruction to master concepts in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Upon graduation students should qualify to take the North Carolina State Board Examination required for licensure as a Cosmetologist. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons as skin care specialist, nail technicians, platform artist, and other related areas.

Career Information

Job opportunities and careers are unlimited in this field. Cosmetologists may choose to work in the industry for companies as platform artist, or they may work in a doctor’s office as a skin care specialist.

Career paths as a licensed Cosmetologist include:

  • Hair Color Technician
  • Hair Textural Technician
  • Make Up Artist
  • Skin Care Technician
  • Salon Trainer
  • Salon Manager
  • Distributor Sales Consultant
  • Platform Artist
  • Manicurist
  • Educator
  • Entrepreneur

Entry-Level Salary

Depending on location, salary can range from $25,000 to $50,000 per year. (NCWorks Online)

Program Requirements

Every student at RCC is assigned a program of study and a catalog year.  This designation rarely changes unless (1) You officially change your major  (2) You fail to enroll or make progress for a year, or (3) You do not complete a program of study within a specified period of time—at which point you may be transitioned to the current catalog.

Remember as a student, YOU are responsible for planning your academic career.  If you are not well-informed about your designated catalog of record and major, check with the Registrar’s Office.
To fully understand all requirements of your major, you should consult the assigned catalog and your advisor.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Highly motivated to work with the public, a strong sense of ethical behavior, ability to work well with others and effective oral, written and communication skills.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Cosmetology Program contact the Program Director, Rosita Pingol, at (910) 272-3423 or