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Mandatory Orientation
A mandatory orientation for all students interested in Cosmetology for fall 2016 will be held on July 12, at 10 a.m. in C 152 at the Elizabeth City Campus. Please contact Dara Harrell, (252) 335-0821 x 2272, dara_harrell@albemarle.edu.

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. Course work includes instruction 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. Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.

Cosmetologists provide beauty services such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, texturizing, styling hair, manicuring, pedicuring, scalp and facial treatments, and provide make-up analysis.


All states require cosmetologists to be licensed in the state in which they work. Upon successfully passing the state exams, graduates are issued a license. The majority of licensed cosmetologists work in salons. Other opportunities for cosmetologists are salon owners, sales representatives, image or fashion consultants, instructors/educators, or examiners for State licensing boards.

Dara Harrell
Program Coordinator/Associate Professor, Cosmetology 
Elizabeth City Office: C145 
(252) 335-0821 x 2272     

Career Resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Cosmetologists

Gainful Employment Disclosures

If you are undecided about your program of study or need further assistance visit Career Services.

Faculty & Staff

Dara Harrell, Instructor

Bridget Jernigan-Gregory, College of The Albemarle, Diploma


The Cosmetology Program is located in building C on the main Elizabeth City campus.

The course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business/computer principles, and product knowledge.


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