About Contact us Directory A-Z Index Ask M

Programs & Majors » Esthetist - Certificate (21 credits) Back to degree list »




Credits breakdown

Course # Course Title Credits
COSM1000 Principles and Practices 3
COSM1157 Histology of the Skin 1
COSM1159 Facials, Make-Up, and Hair Removal 1
COSM1179 Minnesota Cosmetology Laws and Rules 1
COSM1200 Salon Practicum 1-18

Total Credits: 21


About this program

Esthetics is the non-medical treatment of the skin, its disorders and function. Instruction includes the sciences of anatomy, dermatology and chemistry as related to skin care; electricity light therapy; sanitation and safety procedures; Minnesota statutes and laws which pertain to the regulation of the practice of skin care; and elementary service skills.The Board of Cosmetologists, which is the cosmetology licensing body, requires 600 hours of clinical time in order to become licensed in the State of Minnesota. Upon completion of 600 hours and passing of the state exam, a license will be issued.

Program outcomes

1. Relate the knowledge and technical procedures to perform proficiently in all esthetist skills.
2. Apply ethical behaviors and human relation skills with patrons, employers and co-workers.
3. Show professionalism in response to all relationships in the esthetist salon environment.
4. Know and understand the legal Minnesota State Laws, Rules and Regulations and Statutes for the individual policies or responsibilities that pertain to all esthetist license holders.
5. Employ sanitation procedures and perform safety procedures in compliance with Minnesota Laws and Rules.
6. Evaluate disorders or diseases that should be referred to a physician.
7. Prepare and know the specific uses and safety of all equipment and supplies used in the esthetist salon.
8. Prepare the chemical formulas necessary to ensure accurate product knowledge to perform esthetist services.

Employment information

Like any profession, the most successful and the most satisfied are those who know what it is that makes them happy. Some of the traits of a successful esthetician include: a positive outlook on life, creativity, the desire to work with one's hands the desire to make people happy, preference for physical movement throughout the day, self motivation, and ambition. Esthetician's receive a base pay with incentives and benefits such as vacation, holidays and health insurance. Esthetician's salaries are increasing with the rapid growth in the industry. There are opportunities to become a salon manager with all the advanced training necessary to succeed.

Gainful employment report


Program accreditation

The program is approved by the Minnesota State Board of cosmetology. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.