Esthetic Sciences Degree

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The program prepares students for entry-level positions in salons, day spas, or medical settings such as medi-spas, dermatology offices, or plastic surgery centers. Future employment may include positions as estheticians, sales representatives for product lines or make-up artists.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $9,577.64

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Exam required. Attendance at a program information session is required prior to admission into the program.

Students participate in realistic training through the student-operated clinic on campus. Students perform services on live models. Services performed include facials, temporary hair removal, makeup, body wrap techniques, chemical peels, electricity therapies and microdermabrasion. Curriculum includes all related first aid, safety and sanitation procedures.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Employability Requirement: To qualify for an esthetician’s license from the Washington State Department of Licensing, a student must successfully complete the technical courses offered in the program, complete 1200 hours of technical instruction, and pass both the written and practical exams for the Department of Licensing.

Program Length: This program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisite: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma required.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ES 105 Anatomy and Physiology for Estheticians 2
ES 110 Histology and Physiology of Skin 4
ES 113 Introduction to Cosmetic Chemistry 3
ES 116 Charting and Medical Terminology for Estheticians 4
ES 120 Skin Diseases and Disorders 5
ES 123 Bacteriology, Salon Safety and Sanitatian 4
ES 125 Facial Procedures 4
ES 126 Temporary Hair Removal 5
ES 130 Makeup Applications 2
ES 132 Skin Care and Body Treatments 4
ES 134 Machine Facials 4
ES 136 Microdermabrasion and Superficial Peels 4
ES 137 Spa Clinic Operations 1
ES 140CL Clinical Applications I 7
ES 143CL Clinical Applications II 7
ES 146 Corrective Concealing Makeup 1
ES 148 Laser Theory and Applications 5
ES 150 Medium Depth Peels 2
ES 152 Pharmacology for Estheticians 1
ES 154 Advanced Skin Care and Massage Techniques 5
ES 156CL Advanced Cosmetic Chemistry 4
ES 157CL Business Planning 2
ES 158 State Board Prep 2
ES 159 Introduction to Business Planning and Professional Development 1
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology
(or other social science or humanities class)
BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab 5
  Total Credits for Completion 103

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