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Esthetics Program

A student in the Esthetics program in Williamsville gives an esthetics treatment to a customer
Get training that will prepare you to challenge the NY board exam and allow you to become a licensed esthetician – fast

7 Month* Esthetics Career Training Program in Williamsville, NY

If you enjoy maintaining and enhancing the look of peoples’ skin and would enjoy working in a sociable environment such as a salon or health spa, consider becoming a licensed Esthetician.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Esthetics profession is projected to grow at 14% from 2016-2026, faster than the national average. The expected growth for this occupation may be due to the fact that many women and an increasing number of men are turning to skin care specialists to beautify their skin and reduce the effects of aging.

If you’re thinking about taking Esthetics career training you probably have some questions. Get more info or Book a tour to make an informed decision about your possible future career.

Becoming a Skilled Professional Esthetician

Estheticians provide services that enhance the appearance of the face, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders using compounds or procedures. Those could include makeup, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes, sanding, tweezing and more. These procedures and/or compounds can be performed and/or applied manually, mechanically, chemically or electrically. Clearly, it takes a trained expert to perform esthetics techniques.

During the Esthetician program you’ll learn:

  • Introduction to Esthetic Science
  • Introduction to Skin Care
  • Introduction to Make-up Techniques
  • Advanced Science & Machines
  • Intermediate Esthetic Techniques
  • Advanced Make-up Techniques
  • Advanced Body Services
  • Medical Esthetics
  • Life Skills for Business

At the end of each quarter, you’ll participate in a clinic to demonstrate competence in the treatments and techniques that you learned from that previous session.

Career Opportunities

As a licensed Esthetician you can work in various settings, such as:

  • Personal care services
  • Be self-employed
  • Offices of physicians
  • Health and personal care stores
  • Traveler accommodation

There are many directions you can take Esthetics in. You could work in a health and beauty spa, go the medical esthetics route or work as a make-up artist or hair removal specialist. You could even become an entrepreneur and start your own business.

Hands-On Training with Real Clients

There’s no better training than getting to practice procedures first-hand. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to practice on real clients in the student clinic. Build your confidence; by the time you take your board examination, you’ll feel assured in your abilities. To book an appointment click here.

Course Sequence

Courses are separated into three (3) ten-week quarters. All students will begin their coursework by taking Introduction to Esthetics Science, Introduction to Skin Care and Introduction to Makeup Techniques. Students will then complete additional classroom and hands-on requirements. The maximum student/faculty ratio for lectures is 8:1 in the first quarter and 24:1 in subsequent quarters.

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 to 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, a 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 techniques, structure, 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 to 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 the 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 a 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 (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. 

Flexible Schedules

At NYIE we understand that you have important obligations such as family and work. That’s why we go the extra mile to accommodate your scheduling needs; offering our 4.5-hour long courses 3 times per day. Read on for more scheduling details.

New quarters begin approximately every ten weeks. NYIE reserves the right to add or cancel any class start date or section it deems necessary. Every consideration will be given to students, assisting in their enrollment in an alternate section or date, as enrollment space permits.

Class Schedule

Full-time (30-week course) – 5 days per week, 4.5 hours per day, plus 40 clinic hours

Class Options
Classes are offered at 3 convenient times:

  • Morning – Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Afternoon – Monday – Friday 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Night – Monday- Friday 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Start Dates

Listed below are quarter start dates for this edition of the program catalog:

  • 05/20/2024
  • 08/05/2024

Please note: start dates and breaks are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other extenuating circumstances. Breaks are given between most quarters and range from 2-5 class days. 


New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

Students who wish to observe other religious holidays should notify the Administration for special arrangements.

School Hours

  • NYIE Classroom – 8:00 am – 10:30 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Clinic Hours – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 12:45 pm to 5:00 pm and every other Saturday 10:15 am to 4:30 pm (subject to change)
  • Administrative Offices – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

NYIE reserves the right to close the school and clinic when deemed necessary. 


Located next to a major shopping mall with ample complimentary parking, NYIE affords its students the best of Western New York’s hospitality and attractions.

NYIE’s facilities include clinical and instructional rooms, administrative offices, a student lounge, a faculty office, reception area, computer lab, bookstore, library, laundry area, kitchenette, conference room, and a lecture hall that can accommodate up to sixty participants. The clinic has 3 private rooms. Rooms are equipped with esthetician tables, sinks, storage and supply cabinets, and hot cabbies. All NYIE facilities are handicapped accessible. 

Tuition, Fees & Expenses for the Esthetics Program

Below you can find a breakdown of tuition fees, books and supplies, and other expenses. You can also read where to find the required books and supplies.

Tuition Breakdown
  • Tuition – $5,800 ($8.11 per clock hour)
  • Registration Fee* – $100 (non-refundable)
  • A background check for Erie County Resident** – $25.00(plus applicable NYS sales tax)
  • A background check for non-Erie County Resident** – $30.00(plus applicable NYS sales tax)
  • Books and Supplies** – the required book and supply package is estimated at $427.59 (plus applicable sales tax)

The prospective student’s decision to attend the New York Institute of Esthetics should be based on career goals and interest in the program and not on the availability of financing. NYIE is committed to ensuring a student is not denied an education due to a lack of funding options; for students in need, in-house financial aid plans are available.

*Payments must be in the form of a check, money order, certified check or charge card. No cash will be accepted. Applicants will be charged $35 for any returned checks.

**The book package price is subject to change.


Bodyworks Emporium carries health-related books, muds, esthetic supplies, wall charts, oils, lotions, music, essential oils, and many other items. A full range of tables and professional equipment is available for purchase.

Phone: 716-633-4642

Bodyworks Emporium hours are
Monday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Is a Rewarding Career in Esthetics Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Esthetics and exploring whether NYIE is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 716-633-4642

*Program length when completed in normal time