School of Cosmetology

A Dynamic Career Path for Today’s Image Makers

In the School of Cosmetology, students are introduced to the creative field of hairstyling, manicuring and modern-day spa services. With state-of-the-art equipment in a full-service salon setting, experienced instructors teach the professional skills necessary to compete in this dynamic and rewarding field.

Many graduates of the cosmetology program have continued their education while working as a professional in a salon. Others have eventually opened their own salons and created profitable businesses.

  • Manicurist
  • Hair Stylist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Hair Colorist
  • Salon Owner
  • Salon Manager
  • Contract Stylist
  • Esthetician
  • Fashion Show Assistant
  • Make-up Demonstrator
  • Beauty Product Sales


State-of-the-Art Facilities
Fully equipped professional salons give PCTI students a competitive advantage. Our facility houses three full-service salons (hairstyling, manicuring, esthetics) fully equipped with teaching tools found in upscale beauty salons which includes state of the art technology:

  • 3 Pibbs #496 skin care machines
  • 3 hydro therapy European Omni pedicure machines
  • Milady Smart Tutor/Smart Tutor software programs

Caring for Others: A Tradition of Giving
Cosmetology students welcome area senior citizens and provide services, at no cost, to residents of area health care facilities throughout the year. These intergenerational activities allow students to give of their time and talent to the older generation. Each Friday, “VISIONS,” PCTI’s on site salon opens its doors to staff and outside clientele who receive professional hair styling, manicuring, and spa treatments at a minimal cost.

“College Connection Program” Earning College Credits in High School
Want to earn college credits before graduating high school? At PCTI you have the opportunity to do just that! Nearly 2 dozen college courses . . . some specific to career majors and others open to all PCTI students . . are offered in affiliations with area colleges and universities!

College Affiliates
Some of PCTI’s affiliates include: William Paterson University, Seton Hall University, Drexel University, UMDNJ (University of Medicine & Dentistry New Jersey), Berkeley College, Passaic County Community College, NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Rochester Institute of Technology, FDU and Hudson County Community College.


School of Cosmetology

Introduction to Cosmetology 

9th Grade
Cosmetology Level I

English I
Algebra I
Geophysical Science
World History
World Language I
Physical Education/Health

10th Grade
Cosmetology Level II

English II
Biology, Applied Physics or Physical Science
World Language II
Physical Education

11th Grade
Cosmetology Level III
Manicuring I

English III
Algebra II
Chemistry or Applied Chemistry
US History I
Physical Education/Health II

12th Grade
Cosmetology Level IV
Manicuring II

English IV
Environmental Science
US History II
Physical Education/Health IV

NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals.
Expertise of Faculty: Our experienced instructors possess an abundance of creativity and enthusiasm and bring these qualities and their expertise to the classroom. All are Board of Cosmetology licensed and have years of professional experience. Several are also NJ State Board of Cosmetology examiners.



Licensure & Certification Opportunities
The following licensure opportunities are available to students who successfully complete, before graduation, a specific minimum of hours of coursework in the School of Cosmetology:

  • NJ State Board of Cosmetology Licensure “Cosmetology & Hairstyling” eligibility after accumulating a minimum of 1000 hours
  • NJ Board of Cosmetology work permit @ 600 hours
  • We are proud to announce that all PCTI cosmetology students achieved a greater than 90% passing rate on NJ State Tests for the past five years

School-to-Careers Experience
PCTI maintains a very strong and supportive School-to-Careers program, offering 9th, 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid position in the workplace. Hundreds of students participate and hundreds of business leaders support our efforts by employing our students.

Awards, Honors & Service
Students have been the recipients of numerous awards while competing at the local and state level including the Best of Show Award at the New Jersey Craftsman Fair.

Cosmetology plays a valued behindthe- scenes role during the production of the district’s Musical Production each spring by providing cosmetology services to the performing arts student actors.

Organizational Affiliations
Students are members of the national organization, Skills USA, which fosters a standard of excellence for those entering vocational careers. Through Skills USA, students are continually challenged via competitions at the local, state and national levels.