Esthetics Technology

Program Description

The Esthetics Technology program will provide students with hands-on experience in the art of skin care, including electrical facials, basic facials, hair removal, and many custom facial principles. Students learn about general health and wellness, cosmetics, and basic dermatology, chemistry and anatomy.

Coursework includes instruction in all phases of professional Esthetics Technology, business/human relations, product knowledge, and other related topics.

Graduates should be prepared to take the North Carolina Cosmetology State Board Licensing Exam and upon passing be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and cosmetic/skin care salons, as a platform artist, and in related businesses.

Admission Criteria

Esthetics is a selective admissions program. It has fall semester entrance only and does not have a summer term. Entry is competitive; in the case that two or more students receive equal scoring, the earliest date of application to the program will be used to determine the entering candidate. Applications are accepted anytime preceding fall enrollment.

A student who wishes to apply for the Esthetic Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Craven Community College application process (application, submission of all transcripts and completion of appropriate placement test).
  • Fulfill all developmental requirements prior to admission into the program, i.e. place out of ENG-002.
  • Submit the Esthetic Program Application and two Craven CC Esthetics Program Personal Reference forms completed by non-family members prior to last working day in July.
  • Attend an individual information session with Cosmetic Arts Faculty member prior to the end of summer semester.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants must submit complete immunization history forms, including PPD test, Hepatitis B series, and Tetanus booster.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform esthetic services in a safe, sanitized, and multicultural environment
  • Demonstrate an ability to recall esthetics theory and clinical information in order to successfully complete the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensure Exam. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding with regard to increasing sales and customer volume within a salon.

Career Opportunities

Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment opportunities include beauty salons, spas, dermatology offices and other related businesses as:

  • an esthetician
  • skin specialist
  • educator
  • platform artist
  • manufacturer’s representative
  • facial product salesperson.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

For information about prerequisites and corequisites, please refer to the catalog.

Courses in this program

First Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 8

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers the concepts of esthetics. Topics include orientation, anatomy, physiology, hygiene, sterilization, first aid, chemistry, basic dermatology, and professional ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of esthetics and meet course requirements.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    Take COS-120

This course covers the techniques of esthetics in a comprehensive experience in a simulated salon setting. Topics include client consultation, facials, body treatments, hair removal, make-up applications, and color analysis. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate esthetic services on clients in a salon setting.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 18  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 6 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    Take COS-119

Second Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 8

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers more comprehensive esthetics concepts. Topics include nutrition, business, management, makeup, and color analysis. Upon completion students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the advanced esthetics concepts and meet course requirements.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take COS 119
  • Corequisites:
    Take COS-126

This course provides experience in a simulated esthetics setting. Topics include machine, facials, aromatherapy, surface manipulation in relation to skin care, electricity, and apparatus. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in program requirements and the areas covered on the Cosmetology licensing examination for Estheticians.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 18  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 6 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None