School and Ranking Information
There are about seven colleges offering aesthetician training in the Maitland, FL area. Three colleges that offer aesthetician or skin care specialist programs are ranked below based on program offerings, number of diplomas awarded in 2011-2012 (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), and graduation rates.
- Winner: Florida College of Natural Health - Maitland offers four relevant programs, awarded by far the most diplomas in the field in 2011-2012, and has the highest overall undergraduate graduation rate.
- Runner Up #1: Westside Tech offers two programs, awarded about half the number of diplomas as Florida College of Natural Health, and has a somewhat lower graduation rate.
- Runner Up #2: Florida Technical College just has one program and only awarded a couple of diplomas in 2011-2012.
In Florida, facial specialists must be registered with the Board of Cosmetology. To be eligible for registration, one must graduate from a facial care specialist program with a minimum of 260 hours of training. Registration must be renewed every two years.
School Comparison Table
|Category||Florida College of Natural Health - Maitland||Westside Tech||Florida Technical College|
|Location||Maitland, FL||Winter Garden, FL (about 16 miles from Maitland)||Kissimmee, FL (about 30 miles from Maitland)|
|School Type||2-year, private for-profit||2-year, public||2-year, private for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$5,217 to $17,530 for aesthetician training, depending on program length*|| $775 for facial specialist program,
$1,727 for advanced aesthetics program**
|Aesthetician Training Degree Levels Offered||Diplomas, associate's degree||Diplomas||Diploma|
|Aesthetician Training Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||98*||46*||2*|
|Most Popular Aesthetician Training Program in 2011-2012||Less-than 1-year diploma in aesthetician/skin care specialist (49 awarded)*||Less-than 1-year diploma in facial treatment specialist (40 awarded)*||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class||67%*||58%*||50%*|
|Noteworthy||Flexibility is offered in course scheduling with both day and evening classes available.||Through the college's media and career centers, students have access to career assessments, online job searches, and counseling.||Small class sizes provide students with greater access to campus facilities, more hands-on experience, and more personalized interaction.|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Westside Tech website.
Winner: Florida College of Natural Health - Maitland
- Various career resources and opportunities are available through the college's membership within the Steiner Education Group, which operates numerous spas and salons on cruise ships and at resorts across the nation.
- The skin care programs have between a 78% and 95% job placement rate.
The skin care training program at Florida College of Natural Health - Maitland is designed to provide students with the skills and training to become registered facial specialists in Florida. Within this five-month, 300-hour program, students gain knowledge and experience in various skin care treatments, including hair removal, make-up application, facial massage techniques, and spa therapies. Graduates may become aestheticians, skin care specialists, spa technicians, facialists, and medical estheticians. This program is a prerequisite for the college's skin care and electrology training program.
Combining training in clinical and holistic skin care techniques, the advanced paramedical skin care program develops students' skills in areas such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and aromatherapy. This diploma program provides students with the education needed to pursue the Associate of Science in Natural Health degree with a concentration in advanced paramedical skin care.
Runner-Up #1: Westside Tech
- The college's curriculum fosters flexibility with full- and part-time programs available and online courses offered.
- The college's degree programs all comply with the requirements as indicated by the Council on Occupational Education and the Florida Department of Education.
Within the college's facial specialty career training program, students gain knowledge of skin care treatments ranging from facials and basic massage techniques to hair removal, artificial eyelash application and tinting, and make-up artistry. Comprising 260 credit hours, this program also trains students in Florida's cosmetology laws, efficient work practices, and management skills. Graduates can seek registration as facial care specialists.
Featured as a continuation of the facial specialty program, the advanced aesthetics program is designed to provide students with additional training in skin care techniques, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, LED therapy, and airbrush make-up. This 600-hour program prepares students for careers as registered skin care specialists within the spa and medical industries.
Runner-Up #2: Florida Technical College
- The college's 'focused' learning approach allows students to take typically only one course per month, facilitating their ability to concentrate on one subject at a time.
- Flexible course scheduling is offered through both day and evening class times.
- Students have access to various career resources, including job placement assistance and counseling services.
- Incoming students receive an iPad and e-Books.
The aesthetics diploma program at Florida Technical College trains students in various skin treatments and applications. Offered at the college's Kissimmee campus, this program features area studies in advanced body treatments, facial care, skin analysis, make-up artistry, and skin disorders and solutions.