Esthetic Sciences - Associate of Applied Technology Degree

The master esthetics 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 skin care professional employment may include positions as estheticians, sales representatives for product lines, or makeup artists.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Esthetic Sciences degree, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles of microorganisms in order to prevent disease transmission in a salon or spa.
  • Apply body treatments for the individual client’s image and self-care.
  • Use makeup application techniques for the individual client’s image and self-care.
  • Apply advanced modalities of skin care for the individual client’s image and self-care.
  • Research chemical products, ingredients, and contraindications that may occur during an esthetic treatment.
  • Create a business plan that includes demographics, profit and loss statements, and startup costs.
  • Summarize the test standards and information in order to pass written and practical exams for the Department of Licensing.

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 Requirements

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 1,200 hours of technical instruction, and pass both the written and practical exams for the Department of Licensing.

Program Length

This program is a combination of online, classroom, laboratory and practical experience in our on-campus spa clinic. It 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.

Accreditation

This school is licensed under chapter 18.16 RCW. Inquiries, concerns, or complaints regarding this school can be made to the Department of Licensing.

Mailing Address:

Professional Licensing Support Services

Department of Licensing

PO Box 9026

Olympia, WA 98507-9026

Phone: 360-664-6645

Email: plssunit@dol.wa.gov

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

A mandatory orientation is required before admission to the program.

Program Course List

ES 105Anatomy and Physiology for Estheticians

2

ES 110Histology and Physiology of the Skin

3

ES 113Introduction to Cosmetic Chemistry

3

ES 114Facial Procedures

5

ES 116Medical Chart Notation and Medical Terminology for Estheticians

4

ES 118Temporary Hair Removal

4

ES 120Skin Diseases and Disorders

5

ES 123Bacteriology, Salon Safety and Sanitation

4

ES 130Makeup Applications

2

ES 132Skin Care and Body Treatments

4

ES 134Machine Facials

4

ES 136Microdermabrasion and Superficial Peels

4

ES 137Spa/Clinical Operations

1

ES 140Clinical Applications I

7

ES 141CLClinical Applications II

5

ES 145Corrective Concealing Makeup

3

ES 149Laser Theory and Applications

5

ES 150Medium Depth Peels

2

ES 153Advanced Cosmetic Chemistry

3

ES 154Advanced Skin Care and Massage Techniques

5

ES 157CAPBusiness Planning

2

ES 158State Board Prep

2

ES 159Introduction to Business Planning and Professional Development

1

 

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

Or

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

 

MAT 111Math for Cosmo/Esth Professionals

5

Or

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

 

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

Or

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

Or

PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace

5

 

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

Or

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

 

COLL 102College Success for All

3

 

Total Credit Hours:103

Note: MAT 111: preferred