Course Sequence

Quarter A

Introduction to Esthetic Science
Introduction to Skin Care Techniques
Introduction to Make-up Techniques
Clinic Quarter A

Quarter B

Advanced Science & Machines
Intermediate Esthetic Techniques
Advanced Make-up Techniques
Clinic Quarter B

Quarter C

Medical Esthetics
Advanced Body Service Techniques
Life Skills for Business
Clinic Quarter C

Course Descriptions

The program consists of a series of courses that are designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed for competency on the job. Total course training is 715 clock hours. A clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of staff-supervised instruction. All course learning objectives remain the same regardless of whether the student takes them as a part-time or full-time student.

QUARTER A

Introduction to Esthetic Science
In the orientation section of this class, the student will be presented with the rules and regulations of the school. Students will also be introduced to the history of esthetics, the role of the esthetician, professional esthetician qualities, and code of ethics guidelines.
The student will learn of Local, State and Federal safety codes as applied the practice of esthetics. Instruction will also cover salon/clinic rules and regulations. Sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation procedures as well as first aid and HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) will also be defined in this course.
Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition will also be part of the knowledge obtained in this course. The student will obtain knowledge of cell, tissue, organ and body system structures and functions. Lecture material will also discuss the importance of water and nutrition for healthy skin and longevity of the body.
This class will cover the histology, structure and physiology of the skin. The student will also become familiar with hair structure and its relation to esthetics including nails, sebaceous glands and sweat glands.

Also covered are the types and classifications of bacteria, as well as bacterial reproduction, and infection control and prevention. The student will learn how immunity and body defenses are utilized for health. Physical and chemical agents will also be discussed in this course. (90 hours over 20 classes)

Introduction to Skin Care
In this course, the student will become knowledgeable of client preparation, pre-consultation, skin analysis, analysis tools used, conditions /disorders and closing consultations. Students will also become familiar with record keeping and health screening.
This class will cover facial procedures including general facial steps, facial massage, the basic facial and the mini-facial. Treatments with and without machines will also be covered. This class will also provide an overview of aromatherapy, holistic therapies, hot stone, preview of body wrapping and manual lymphatic drainage of the face and neck. The student will also learn how to recommend products based on skin analysis and facial treatment protocols. (90 hours over 20 classes)

Introduction to Make-up Techniques
Practical application of make-up with the use of tools will be addressed in this class. The student will also learn about color analysis, facial morphology, corrections and facial contouring. Product knowledge, chemistry and related composition will be discussed. (45 hours over 10 classes)

Clinic Quarter A
The student will be required to show competence in ten (10) hands-on treatments and demonstrate techniques obtained from Introduction to Skin Care Techniquesstructures and functions. Lecture material will also discuss the importance of water and nutrition for healthy skin and longevity of the body.

QUARTER B

Advanced Science & Machines
The student will learn of the considerations for sensitive skin, the basics of electricity (including forms) and its effects on the skin. Class topics will include galvanic current in iontophoresis or disincrustation procedures, as well as high frequency current. Electric mitts/booties/face masks and paraffin units will also be utilized in learning procedures for this course. Students will also learn to use the Wood's Lamp, Lucas sprayer, vaporizers, hot towel cabinets, brushing machines, and magnifying lamps.

The student will gain knowledge of chemistry and matter as related in the field of esthetics. The student will also be educated in chemical reactions, solutions/elements, compounds and mixtures/biochemistry. The pH scale and varying effects on the skin will also be discussed in this class.
Cosmetic ingredients, ampoules, activators and concentrates in products will be discussed. Knowledge in delivery systems, color agents, barrier functions and skin sensitivities will be covered along with education in FDA laws governing Cosmetics and Cosmetic Safety. (90 hours applied over 20 classes)

Intermediate Esthetic Techniques
This course will educate the student in professional treatments for men; including men's skin care products and direction of product application. The student will also learn about exfoliation, manual dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, extraction procedures, holistic and alternative skin care as well as advanced home care.

The student will gain knowledge in the effects that too much sun exposure has upon their skin and treatment protocols for sun damage, cancer, hyperpigmentation, and aging. Stress factors in relation to acne breakouts will also be discussed.

The student will learn of the theoretical overview of temporary hair removal. Temporary removal methodology will be defined as manual tweezing, use of depilatory lotions, hot or cold waxing with strip and non-strip procedures, soft and hard wax, and bleaching of the hair with creams. (94.5 hours over 21 classes)

Advanced Make-up Techniques
Color intensity, color receding, eyebrow and face contouring, skin temperature and tones, application and removal of false eyelashes, as well as camouflage therapy in relation to burn /scar and accidents will be taught in this course. (40.5 hours over 9 classes)

Clinic Quarter B
The student will be required to show competence in fifteen (15) hands-on treatments and demonstrate techniques obtained in the Intermediate Esthetic Techniques and Advanced Science & Machine Techniques courses.

QUARTER C

Advanced Body Services
The student will gain practical knowledge of body exfoliation techniques, including wet and dry application. The student will also be educated in the back treatments and appearance enhancement products (including seaweed, salt, paraffin, mud, ampoules, creams, etc.). There will also be discussion about further training of advanced techniques such as aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and water therapies. (58.5 hours over 13 classes)

Medical Esthetics
This course will include instruction on the following techniques of manual dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and chemical exfoliations (including peels). The student will learn of the theoretical overview of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis, thermolysis, blend, Ultrasound, non-ablative therapies, intense pulsed light, and injectable fillers (I.E. restylane, collagen) will also be discussed.

The student will obtain an overview of dermatological procedures in paramedical esthetics. Other topics that will be covered are types of topical and oral medications, insight into plastic surgery, pre- and post- operative care protocols, SOAP note documentation and camouflage therapy techniques. (76.5 hours over 17 classes)

Life Skills for Business
The student will obtain skills to help them manage and work in a successful esthetician practice. Topics include: history of esthetics, the esthetician's role, qualities of a professional esthetician, business operation, site planning and design, accounting, inventory and payroll (including regulations), ethics/code of ethics, professional conduct,
communication skills, retailing techniques, marketing (including advertising, retailing and promotion), and customer relations.

Upon completion of this course, the student will possess skills to assist them in employment. This course will cover résumé preparation, interview skills, letter writing, licensing regulations, job attitude, professional organization, continuing education, trade shows, magazines and career opportunities. (90 hours over 20 classes)

Clinic Quarter C
The student will be required to show competence in fifteen (15) hands-on treatments and demonstrate techniques obtained in the Medical Esthetics and Advanced Body Service Techniques courses.