Aesthetician Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Students in aesthetician programs learn how to teach patients and clients about the use of lotions and treatments on their skin. Programs should also prepare students to take their licensing exam upon graduation.

Prospective students interested in studying to become an aesthetician have many options at colleges across the United States; these programs should prepare students for a licensing or certification exam. These programs of study range from certificate programs to two-year degrees.

Ten Aesthetician Schools

The following are ten schools offering aesthetician programs of study. Often times departments include cosmetology and esthetics as programs of study.

College/University Location Degrees Offered Institution Type Tuition (2016-2017)*
Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS Certificate, Associate's 2-year, Public $93/credit hour for in-district, $110/credit hour for non-county residents, $220/hour for out of state
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington KY Diploma, Certificate 2-year, Public $156/credit hour for in-state, $312/ credit hour for out of state/contiguous county, $546/credit hour for out of state
Cape Fear Community College Burgaw, NC Diploma, Certificates 2-year, Public $76.00/credit hour for in-state, $268.00 for out of state
North Shore Community College Danvers, MA Certification training 2-year, Public $202/credit hour for in-state, $214.50/credit hour for New England Region, $434/ credit hour for non-regional
Olympic College Bremerton, WA Certificate 4-year, Public $102.91/credit hour for in state, $116.34/credit hour for out of state
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA Certificate, Associate's 2-year, Public $3,641.45 for Esthetician certificate, $9,667.30 for AAS in Cosmetology
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY Certificate, Diploma 2-year, Public $156/credit in-state, $312/credit out of state contiguous county, $546/credit out of state
Clover Park Technical College Puyallup, WA Certificate, Associate's 2-year, Public $101.33/ credit in state, $278.04/credit out of state
Central Georgia Technical College Many locations throughout GA Certificate 2-year, Public $89.00/ credit in state, $178.00/credit out of state
Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College Saint Paul, MN Certificate, Diploma 2-year, Public $160.09 - $259.09/credit hour on campus, $179.89/ credit hour online

Source: *School websites

School Selection Criteria

The aesthetician coursework at a prospective school must help students transition directly into an entry-level job at a salon or hospital. Students should learn how to perform facials and massages, instruct clients on makeup techniques, remove unwanted hair and apply cosmetic creams and lotions.

Considerations when looking for a school in this field of study include:

  • Look for a program that offers preparation for the state's licensing exam.
  • Search for a school that offers internship opportunities within a salon or related facility.
  • Look for a school with experienced instructors that are well-versed in traditional and new techniques and equipment.
  • Students should consider whether or not they want to pursue a program solely in aesthetics or if they want to pursue a broader program in cosmetology.

Programs with aesthetician coursework are often available through community colleges or vocational schools. These programs can lead to either a certificate or a two-year degree. Opportunities for practical, hands-on experience are usually included, and graduates should be prepared for an entry-level position working in a salon, spa, or other workplace for aestheticians.

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