Cosmetology Program Ranked in Top 50

For Immediate Release: 
June 30, 2017

Saddleback College’s Cosmetology and Cosmetician / Esthetician Program has been named one of the top 50 programs. placed Saddleback at No. 14 of colleges and universities across the U.S.  

Dr. Tod A. Burnett stated, “It’s an honor to be recognized for supporting students pursuing a career in cosmetology. Our students gain valuable experience with the guidance of our outstanding professional instructors.”

Saddleback’s certificate programs offer students the option to earn either a Certificate of Achievement for Cosmetology or a Cosmetician, Occupational Skills Award. Classes are taught at three off-campus locations for students’ convenience. Students who complete the programs will be prepared to take California State Board Exam. 

“We’re really proud of our program. We pride ourselves in providing a quality experience for our students to prepare them for the world of cosmetology,” said Anthony Teng, dean of Advanced Technology and Applied Sciences. 

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. 

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 about 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 about one semester for full-time students and two to three semesters for part-time students.

For more information about the Cosmetology / Esthetician Program, visit provides information on hundreds of online programs, with a focus on affordability. The site ranks schools based on tuition, retention rate, and median starting salary for graduates based on data compiled using the most recent information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a resource maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. 

Originally published June 30