If you have a passion for skincare and beauty and want to help others feel good about themselves, consider a career as an aesthetician. Aesthetics has become an important part of the beauty and wellness industry. As the largest organ on our body, our skin needs constant attention, but many people overlook it or don’t know how to take care of it properly. As an aesthetician, you’ll be able to pamper your clients and be the skincare expert they rely on for beautiful and healthy skin.
Our Skin Care program will teach you everything you need to know to become a skincare specialist and prepare you to take the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology licensing exam. You’ll learn the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to perform comprehensive professional aesthetics treatments, including facial and body treatments, skin resurfacing, and hair removal. The program also provides training in safety and infection control procedures and an overview of career and business planning.
Become a skincare expert and develop a satisfying career as a professional aesthetician, whether it’s as a freelancer, salon worker, or business owner.
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
GateWay is the only Maricopa Community College that offers a suite of Beauty & Wellness programs -- aesthetics, cosmetology, hair styling, massage, nail technician and a specialized program for practitioners who wish to eventually become beauty and wellness instructors. These programs are considered clock hour programs, which are non-credit training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. All have specific year-round start dates, and you attend classes four days a week, Monday-Thursday.
You will learn your skills by practicing on each other and/or eventually serving actual clients, all with instructor supervision. Instructors supervise and receive feedback from clients to make sure you are providing adequate service. The school has a salon open to the public and holds clinics often.
You have to pass the Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exams to receive your respective license to practice. Visit the state board's website for details.
The Aesthetics program provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to perform comprehensive professional aesthetics treatments including facial treatments, body treatments, skin resurfacing, and hair removal. The program also provides training in safety and infection control procedures and an overview of career and business planning.
Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency but does not guarantee you an Aesthetics License in any state.
Virtual Information Session
Beauty & Wellness
Information Session: Every other Wednesday, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Program Cost Estimates
Certificate of Competency for Aesthetician: $4,300 | 600 hours/7-8 months*
Certificate of Competency for Instructor: $2,125 | 350 hours/4-5 months*
*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, student kit, lab, and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.