Beauty and Wellness Associate Degree

If you already have your cosmetology license and can answer “yes” to any of the questions below, then you are ready to be a part of the movement that will redefine the beauty industry in a profound way.

  • Are you ready to enjoy a promising career as a beauty professional of tomorrow?
  • Are you ready to transform the future of the beauty industry?
  • Are you ready to take your beauty career to the next level?
  • Are you ready to amplify your importance and impact in the industry?
  • Do you want to thrive and enjoy career longevity and financial stability?
Beauty and Wellness

Turn Your License into College Credits

A licensed beauty professional can receive college credits at no cost towards earning an AAS-Beauty and Wellness. 

  •  Cosmetology (31 credits)
  •  Aesthetician (12 credits)
  •  Hair Stylist (19 credits)

After earning an AAS at GateWay, graduates may follow a transfer pathway to earn a Bachelor’s degree - the best of both worlds.


Transform Your Future

The AAS- Beauty and Wellness degree prepares beauty professionals to thrive and prosper in today’s growing market.

This one-of-a-kind program offers skills in marketing, communication, finance, leadership and more – just what you need to achieve the success you desire.

Now is the time for you to be recognized as an influential and positive force focused on changing lives by building confidence and positive self-image in the world.

Take the first step today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! GateWay offers certificate programs in cosmetology, hair stylist, aethetician, nail technician, and massage therapy!

Prior learning credit can only be awarded to students who have a valid (non-temporary) cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license. GateWay cannot award partial credit for programs that have not been completed. Students may begin taking courses at GateWay prior to receiving a license but credit cannot be awarded and the degree will not be conferred until the student has provided proof of licensure.

Please contact the program and they will evaluate the courses you have already taken for transferability.

The college uses Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to award up to 31 credits at no cost toward your Beauty and Wellness AAS degree. GateWay currently awards PLA credit for cosmetologist, hairstylist, and aesthetician licenses.

No. As long as you have an active (non-temporary) cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license in good standing, it does not matter when you obtained it.

The AAS in B&W is a credit hour program. Tuition is calculated by the number of credits earned. Students pay tuition and fees per semester credit hour according to their Residency Classification. Persons must be domiciled in Arizona for one year (12 full months) and be domiciled in Maricopa County for at least 50 days to qualify as a Maricopa County resident. See current tuition cost hereThe full cost depends on how many credits you receive for your license (between 12 & 31) 12 Credits for Aesthetician License/Aesthetician Instructon 19 Credits for Hairstylist License/Instructor Hairstylist License 31 Credits for Cosmetology License/Instructor Cosmetology License The AAS is a 60 credit minimum program. Some students may take additional credits as prerequisites for required courses.

GateWay Community College Financial Aid Office provides resources for students to find the funding needed to help pay for their educational expenses, including tuition, fees, and books. Learn about all of the financial aid & scholarship options here.

Yes! Required classes are offered online and in-person, which can work for any lifestyle.

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