Esthetics Technology

esthetician students performing facials

Esthetics Technology

Program Code: C55230

Our Esthetics Technology certificate program will provide you with hands-on experience in the art of skin care, including electrical facials, basic facials, hair removal, and many custom facial principles. You will also learn about general health and wellness, cosmetics, basic dermatology, chemistry and anatomy. Coursework includes instruction in all phases of professional Esthetics Technology, business/human relations, product knowledge, and other related topics.

Upon graduation, you should be prepared to take the North Carolina Esthetic State Board Licensing Exam. If you pass the exam, you will be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and cosmetic/skin care salons.

Our Esthetics Technology program also offers services to the public.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Esthetics program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Designing and restructuring hair and performing skin and nail care within a safe, sanitized, and multicultural environment
  • Performing esthetic services in a safe, sanitized, and multicultural environment
  • Recalling cosmetology and esthetics theory and clinical information to successfully complete the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensure Exam
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding with regard to increasing sales and customer volume within a salon

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Esthetics graduates, including:

  • Beauty salons
  • Day and resort spas
  • Esthetician
  • Nursing and other residential care homes
  • Platform Artist
  • Self-employment
  • Skin Specialist

Certificate requirements

16 Credit Hours

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

Courses in this program

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

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

Special admissions requirements

This program has additional application requirements. Please speak with an advisor for details.

Additional information is available here.

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

The Esthetics program requires the following materials:

  • Books and kit ($320 estimated)
  • Uniforms and name tag

Contact Information

Career Programs
Advanced Manufacturing Center
New Bern Campus
252-638-7370

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