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.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Aesthetician and Skin Care
- Barber and Hair Cutting Services
- Beauty Salon Management
- Cosmetology, Hair, and Nail Instructor
- Facial Treatment Specialist
- Hair Design
- Make-Up Artist
- Nail Technician - Manicurist
- Permanent Cosmetics and Tattooing
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.