Program Description

The Esthetics Diploma Program provides students with knowledge of skin analysis, disorders and treatments, and services such as facial care, microdermabrasion, and spa management. Upon completion of this program, students have the opportunity to obtain entry-level positions in the skin-care field.

Why Esthetics?

The esthetics program is focused on the treatment of the skin and its appendages. Our training covers a vast range of treatment varying from the basic to the innovative. Our instructors will inspire and educate students to create a solid foundation as future professionals in this career.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Esthetician
  • Clinical Esthetician
  • Facial Specialist
  • Skin-Care Specialist

Credential Earned

Esthetics Diploma

Related Certifications

  • Facial Specialist license

Duration of the Program

12 Months
Total Contact Hours: 720
Lecture Hours: 320
Lab Hours: 400

Core Courses

The Profession, Sanitation & Sterilization, HIV

This course covers the historical background and evolution of the esthetics profession. Students will discuss the dress code, makeup, and professional conduct of future esthetics professionals. In addition, students will review ethical standards and Florida laws. Furthermore, students will learn the infection control procedures, workplace safety practices, and safety measures necessary for estheticians. The topics examined include microbiology, practical infection control, sterilization and monitoring, chemical disinfectants, aseptic techniques, infectious diseases, OSHA standards, and first aid. Finally, students will receive four (4) hours of HIV/AIDS awareness training.

Hair Removal (Epilation) Procedures

In this course, students will learn the basics of hair growth and the different techniques used to temporarily or permanently remove face and body hair. Students will also review the process of conducting a client consultation, explaining the process in detail to the client. In addition, students will be able to practice face and body hair removal using the following procedures: shaving, chemical depilation, soft and hard waxing, tweezing, and sugaring. Finally, students will review the theoretical application of permanent hair removal methods, such as electrolysis, galvanic electricity, thermolysis, blending, photo-depilation or pulse light, and other procedures.

Skin Analysis, Disorders, and Treatments

In this course, students learn the structure and functions of the integumentary system. Topics of study include proper techniques for skin care, product knowledge, safety, sanitation, skin analysis, diseases, disorders, facial machines, and principles of facial massage. This course will focus on the theoretical discussion of skin categories, advanced skin disorders, skin cancer, treatments, and analysis.

Principles of Anatomy & Facial Care (Esthetics)

This course provides an overview of the basic anatomy of the human body. The course will focus on the structure and function of the skin, face, and hands. Students will learn about skin composition, skin care, skin conditions, skin treatments, and the products recommended for skin healing. Students will also discuss the most common skin conditions, facial massage techniques, and skin healing effects. Finally, students will review basic facial procedures.

Chemistry & Electricity

This course covers theoretical concepts related to the presence of chemicals in cosmetic ingredients and electronic skin care devices. Students will learn how to use skin care products and equipment. Furthermore, graduates from the Esthetics Diploma Program will be able to recognize a safe working area, properly prepare clients for procedures, and demonstrate the correct techniques and the proper use of professional skin care products and equipment.

Facial Care

In this course, students will observe demonstrations with step-by-step instructions of basic facial care procedures. Students will also learn facial care techniques and other entry-level skills needed for business and financial success. Finally, students will discuss posttreatment skin care regimens, the basics of nutrition, specialized products for skin issues, and facial massage.

Professional Makeup Techniques

The focus of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and techniques to practice makeup on different face shapes and various types of makeup applications according to the occasion. Students will also learn face makeup techniques for individual facial characteristics and skin conditions. Finally, students will be able to select adequate products, instruments, and equipment for artificial eyelashes and eyebrow designs.

Advanced Body Treatments (Microdermabrasion, Lymphatic Drainage, & Cellulite Treatments)

This course provides an overview of the different therapies available to correct adverse skin reactions and changes caused by environmental factors, aging factors, frequent weight gain or loss, neglected skin, oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin. Students will learn about various techniques and esthetics products, instruments, and equipment to provide different body treatments to accomplish skin’s improvements. Students will perform body scrubs, body wraps, cellulite wraps, microdermabrasion, manual lymphatic drainage massage, and chemical peels.

Facial & Hand Manipulation Treatments

This course provides an overview of the musculoskeletal system, including face, arms, and hands. The course will focus on the relationship between the muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems as it pertains to massage techniques. Students will practice different types of massage techniques, including the use of aromatherapy. In addition, students will perform paraffin treatments, as well as hand and body scrubs.

Prerequisite: EST1100

Professional Makeup & Special Effects

This course is designed to teach students advanced makeup techniques. The course will cover facial anatomy and shapes; color theory; corrective techniques; and daytime, evening, mineral, airbrush, bridal, theatrical, and camouflage makeup. Students will also learn about proper eyelash extension application techniques, eyebrow tinting, and special effects makeup.

Skin Care Career & Entrepreneurship Development

In this course, students will study all aspects of operating a spa, or other beauty related businesses, including layout and design furnishings, supplies, software, marketing,  personnel, and management. Students will learn the concepts and skills necessary to supervise and manage a skin care center, such as suppliers and cosmetic sales. The course will focus on daily operations, record keeping, inventory control, and personnel supervision. Furthermore, students will examine different specializations and possible job opportunities for future graduates.

Facial Care Treatments

This course will focus on advanced facial treatments and facial services that use machines. To perform these services at a professional level, estheticians are expected to master facial care procedures, including facial cleansing, facial exfoliation, facial steaming treatments, facial massages, facial mask application, facial extractions, operation of multifunction machines for facial procedures, men’s skin care, and posttreatment skin care regimens.

Prerequisite: EST1100

Related Programs

Campuses Available

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Applicants for the cosmetology and esthetics programs must be at least sixteen years of age or have received a high school diploma as of their scheduled graduation date from the program. This requirement is established in consideration of §§477.019(2) (a), 477.0201(1) (a), Fla. Stat. (2010).

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Esthetician
  • Clinical Esthetician
  • Facial Specialist
  • Skin-Care Specialist

* These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduates any particular job. Some positions may require a license or other certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire.

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