Aesthetician (20 Hours Per Week)

Aestheticians are trained skin care professionals who specialize in providing skin care and beauty-related services. Aesthetician students will perform facials, skin analysis, and body treatments, including full body exfoliation. Students will also learn facial and full body hair removal techniques using both hard and soft wax, light exfoliation with fruit acids (peels), microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Training includes day and evening makeup and artificial eyelash application. Students will perform services on each other throughout the program with 100% participation required. Topics also include knowledge of state laws pertaining to aesthetics as well as business management skills. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology aesthetics licensing exam.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Aesthetician (20 Hours Per Week) (CER)
Academic Plan Code
1196
Total Clock Hours Required
600
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Notes

Students must successfully pass each course with a minimum grade of 80% and 100% of the course hours required in order to continue on to the next course. Students may apply for graduation from the Aesthetics program upon successful completion of their program hours and a score of 80% or higher. Completion of the program does not guarantee students an aesthetician license (in any state). The Arizona State Board of Cosmetology may deny a student`s application if it`s determined that they do not meet citizenship and/or high school education requirements if under the age of 18. If students have concerns about their citizenship status and/or high school education requirements, they are strongly encouraged to immediately contact the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology via its website: HTTPS://BOC.AZ.GOV, give full disclosure of their situation, and save any written response. GateWay Community College will not give refunds or be held liable for graduates who do not receive an Arizona aesthetician license.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of all sanitation and scope of practice laws as set forth by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology.
  2. Demonstrate the proper and safe way to perform all steps of a facial.
  3. Identify skin conditions correctly in writing and verbally through a proper skin analysis.
  4. Prepare and maintain client files to industry standards.
  5. Communicate understanding of products and ingredients that are used in labs and clinics.
  6. Communicate effectively in writing and verbally using appropriate industry verbiage.
  7. Demonstrate safe and proper use of all related esthetic equipment.
  8. Able to identify the steps of a facial in writing and in lab.
  9. Demonstrate ability to properly disinfect and sanitize the working environment to Arizona state board standards.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of bacteria and blood borne pathogens and why sanitation is important.
  11. Write an industry standard resume.
  12. Demonstrate employability skills.
  13. Demonstrate understanding of all sanitation and scope of practice laws as set forth by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology.
  14. Demonstrate the proper and safe way to perform all steps of a facial.
  15. Identify skin conditions correctly in writing and verbally through a proper skin analysis.
  16. Prepare and maintain client files to industry standards.
  17. Communicate understanding of products and ingredients that are used in labs and clinics.
  18. Communicate effectively in writing and verbally using appropriate industry verbiage.
  19. Demonstrate safe and proper use of all related esthetic equipment.
  20. Able to identify the steps of a facial in writing and in lab.
  21. Demonstrate ability to properly disinfect and sanitize the working environment to Arizona state board standards.
  22. Demonstrate knowledge of bacteria and blood borne pathogens and why sanitation is important.
  23. Differentiate the difference in practicing in a medical environment versus a spa setting.
  24. Demonstrate the knowledge of procedures performed in a medical setting and identify the correct terminology.
  25. Understand an esthetician`s role and scope of practice in a medical setting.
  26. Demonstrate how to apply the theory of performing microdermabrasion to lab setting.
  27. Safely perform microdermabrasion on a client following all guidelines.
  28. Correctly document microdermabrasion and chemical peels in a client file.
  29. Show understanding of how chemical peels work and choose the correct peel for clients.
  30. Identify the anatomy of the integumentary system.
  31. Identify the causes of skin condition as defined in the text book.
  32. Identify and apply knowledge of contraindications for advanced services.
  33. Illustrate the ability to read a skin care product label.
  34. Extrapolate the categories of ingredients and their function in a product label.
  35. Identify the proper parts, skin care and operation of electrotherapy machines and apply in lab setting.
  36. Use proper vocabulary when describing how to use machines, indications and contraindications of machines.
  37. Effectively communicate in writing as well as speaking.
  38. Evaluate safety of electrotherapy devices.
  39. Demonstrate proper care and sanitation of devices.
  40. Apply the use of the machines at the proper steps in a skin care facial.
  41. Identify the parts of a business plan and how to use them.
  42. Show understanding of industry specific employment guidelines and types of employment.
  43. Write an industry cover letter and resume.
  44. Research employment trends in the industry.
  45. Successfully complete small business courses on HP Life.
  46. Complete a job application.
  47. Apply theory and practical knowledge of skin conditions and skin diseases through skin analysis.
  48. Develop a customized facial protocol by applying product knowledge and steps of a facial.
  49. Summarize the treatment using proper industry formatting in client files.
  50. Present a professional appearance according to industry standards.
  51. Maintain safety and sanitation standards in work area.
  52. Demonstrate proficiency in time management and professional communication as well as critical thinking skills.
  53. Apply knowledge of product ingredients through suggestive selling and home care.
  54. Proficiency in both hard and soft wax applications.
  55. Demonstrate proficiency in pre and post consultation for services.
  56. Analyze skin for contraindications and indications.
  57. Perform sanitary and safe application of makeup as described by Arizona State Board of Cosmetology.
  58. Identify hair growth cycles and describe.
  59. Record observations and detailed notes in client files.
  60. Show how to apply color theory when choosing makeup products.
  61. Effectively communicate to clients the services taking place.
  62. Identify aromatherapy oils and their uses in skin care treatments.
  63. Identify contraindications for body scrubs and wraps.
  64. Identify facial muscles to successfully perform facial massage and microcurrent.
  65. Demonstrate correct procedures for body wraps and body scrubs.
  66. Develop facial protocols using aromatherapy oils.
  67. Construct state board kit and supplies needed to perform final state board practical.
  68. Pre-register for with agency to take both written and practical test outs for licensure.
  69. Apply theory and practical knowledge of skin conditions and skin diseases through skin analysis.
  70. Follow pre- set protocol to properly perform scrubs and wraps.
  71. Summarize the treatment using proper industry formatting in client files.
  72. Present a professional appearance according to industry standards.
  73. Maintain safety and sanitation standards in work area.
  74. Demonstrate proficiency in time management and professional communication as well as critical thinking skills.
  75. Apply knowledge of product ingredients through suggestive selling and home care.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Block

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
EST101 Aesthetic Orientation 6
EST103 Facial Basics 96
EST104 Advanced Facials 99
EST105 Facial Modalities 99

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
EST106 Facial Clinic 50
EST150 Hair Removal Methods/Makeup Application 100
EST151 Spa Treatments 100
EST152 Spa Treatment Clinic 50
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Aesthetician (20 Hours Per Week) (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=142927).


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