Cosmetology and Cosmetician / Esthetician Program

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Saddleback College – Mission Viejo, CA

Saddleback College offers two programs in the Cosmetology department. Upon completion students may receive either a Certificate of Achievement for Cosmetology or an Occupational Skills Award for Estheticians. Classes are taught at an off campus beauty school. The Cosmetology program consists of 1,600 hours comprised of four courses. The program can be completed in 3 to 5 semesters. Estheticians only require 600 hours and can be completed in 1-2 semesters. These programs prepare you for the California State Board Exam (you must complete this exam in order to receive your license).

Mary Celeste View profile information for Marie Celeste
Cosmetology Coordinator/Liaison
(949) 582-4229

Leslie Haugen View profile information for leslie Haugen
Senior Administrative Assistant
(949) 582-4990

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!!Please read through the bottom of the page and you will find important documents needed for registration.

All information is available for download at the bottom of this page. For detailed information on the program and the steps you will need to take in order to clear the prerequisite and register for courses in this program, please read carefully and follow the instructions on the “Handbook” document for the program you are interested in, and the “Cosmetology and Esthetician Orientation” presentation. Read the "JumpStart Checklist".  Important dates, links to the class schedules, and detailed supplemental information on the beauty school(s) are listed by semester.

      Call (949) 582-4541 or email us.

Spring 2019 Semester NEXT Starts January 14/15 and March 11/12
      (see info sheets below)

Spring 2019 Orientation Schedule:

Saddleback Beauty Academy - Thursday, January 3 and February 28 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Advance Beauty College - Weds, January 9 and Thursday, March 7 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Hair California Beauty Academy - Thursday, January 10 and Tuesday, March 5 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm

*ALL prospective students MUST pre-enroll and register no later than the class start date.

Students must bring to Orientation:

                       1.  Copy of Photo Identification

                       2.  Social Security Card

                       3.  Payment for Cosmetology or Cosmetician/Esthetician Kit $1,800
                             - Ask for the current list of purchase options
                             - Cash or check
                             - Credit Card (AmEx not accepted)
                             - Additional amount may be required for uniform (inquire at beauty school)

Scholarship Opportunities

Congratulations to the Saddleback students who were awarded money to help pay for their career technical education.  Matrix Student Scholarship Award Winners

Apply now to the Minerva Beauty Scholarship and the Sue & Bill Gross Scholarship!

General Information

These are certificate programs through which, as a Saddleback College student, you earn college credits and upon completion either a Certificate of Achievement (Cosmetology students) or an Occupational Skills Award (Esthetician students).

Classes are taught off-campus at a local beauty college.  Please see below for the current list of beauty schools we are contracted with and links to their websites.

The Cosmetology Program is a 1,600-hour program comprised of four courses (12 units each) to be taken in consecutive order.  This program is completed in approximately three semesters for full-time students and six semesters for part-time students.

The Esthetician Program is a 600-hour program comprised of one course (18 units). This program is completed in approximately one semester for full-time students and two to three semesters for part-time students.

Classes are open entry and student cohorts start at various times throughout the semester.  Please inquire for the next start date of classes.

Dropping or Withdrawing from Class

Students who officially DROP from the program after they have already accumulated training hours, whether it is intentional or unintentional, may be liable to pay full tuition costs of the private tuition rates set by the contracted beauty school administration.  Please contact the ATAS Division Office if you are considering "withdrawing" from the program, so that we can guide you through the correct process.

State Board Licensing & Employment Opportunities

These programs prepare you for the California State Board Exam (you must complete this exam in order to receive your license). For more information on this exam, please contact the beauty school. You may visit the website for the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology for more information here (link to:

While competition for jobs is keen, South Orange County, with its growing population, is a particularly good area for cosmetologists, estheticians and others connected with the hair care and beauty industry. With some experience and additional training, cosmetologists and cosmeticians are able to move into management and ownership positions, teaching, sales, the entertainment industry, and positions with the State Cosmetology Board.

You may visit the website for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools for more information on the beauty industry.

Additional Forms:
If your campus of record is Irvine Valley College,
complete the forms below to change to Saddleback College.
Student Info Update Form 
Campus of Record Change Receipt Form

Beauty Schools:

Advance Beauty College

Hair California Beauty Academy

Saddleback Beauty Academy

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statements

Federal regulations require higher education institutions to disclose information regarding the success of its students in certificate programs that lead to employment.

The information includes graduation rates, estimated education costs, median debt of students who completed programs, and other information designed to help students make better-informed choices about colleges and universities they select.