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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Esthetician International Diploma

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 415D

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring Summer - online CHSN 1698  & CHSN 1699  only

Esthetician services include specialized work with skin care products, analysis of skin, massage techniques and facials. Students learn to tint brows and lashes, apply makeup, provide temporary hair removal and to use a steamer.

The Esthetic diploma program prepares the student for the CIDESCO examination.

Career Opportunities

After esthetician students complete 600 hours of skills and theory training and pass the written exam through the State designated testing service and skills certification, they are eligible for licensure through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Estheticians work in a variety of settings including salons, spas, and fitness centers.

CIDESCO certification holders are able to license as an esthetician technician, certify as a massage therapist, and license as a nail technician upon completion of clinic nail hours. Cross trained therapists are able to work in Spas, Cruise Ships and 5 Star Resorts.

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will perform skin care services.
  2. Graduates will recommend skin care products to clients.
  3. Graduates will perform brow & lash tinting, lash extensions, waxing, and body treatments.
  4. Graduates will be able to perform Massage in a professional setting.
  5. Graduates will be able to perform nail care services.
  6. Graduates will demonstrate the skills necessary for the practical skills test.

Program Faculty

Lyubov Babina

Textbook and Supply Costs

Students should expect to spend approximately $2,200.00 for esthetics books and supplies (first semester). Tuition, college fees and books for remaining courses are not included in this cost. Items can be purchased in the College Bookstore. In addition, there is a fee to take the Minnesota licensure exam.

Be prepared to purchase all Esthetics kits with the instructor on the second day of class. Financial aid must have been completed.

CIDESCO Certification Exam

Graduates of this diploma program are eligible to take the CIDESCO certification exam. The cost of this exam is approximately $660.00. After passing the CIDESCO exam a fee of $65.00 is charged for the CIDESCO diploma and pin. ESTH 1671 - CIDESCO Exam Preparation  and ESTH 1672 - CIDESCO Exam  is offered summer semester only.

The Esthetician Diploma will meet the criteria for the CIDESCO exam requirement of 1200 hours of training in skin, massage and nail services.

The CIDESCO examination includes:

  • a facial examination
  • a body examination
  • a waxing examination
  • a make-up examination
  • a tinting examination
  • a massage examination
  • an additional subject, and
  • a written examination.

Cosmetology Student Handbook/ Agreement Form

All new and returning students will need to access D2L Brightspace PRIOR to the first day of classes to read the Cosmetology student handbook. After you have read the handbook, you must print and sign Student Agreement Form, Hepatitis B Vaccination/Declination Form, Property and Equipment Form, and Rollabout Form and return them to your instructor on the first day of class before you will be admitted to class. You will need to perform this task prior to the first day of each semester. Please direct questions to the assigned instructor of your first class.

Program Requirements

Required Program Orientation
All Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technician applicants must attend a program orientation prior to enrollment as a full-time student. Please call the Clinic receptionist at 651.846.1329 to reserve your space at an orientation.

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

General Education Requirements: 9 Credits

Course Sequence

The following course sequence is recommended. Not all courses are offered each semester.

First Semester

Total Semester Credits: 22

Total Semester Credits: 21

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 9

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Program Credits: 65

Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College Esthetician Program is a CIDESCO school. This means the program is allowed to prepare candidates for the CIDESCO examination. CIDESCO is the World’s Major International Beauty Therapy Association:

  • Founded in 1946 with its Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • CIDESCO is represented in over 37 countries.
  • The CIDESCO Diploma is the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy.
  • Since 1957, the CIDESCO qualification has set standards that have been initiated over the five continents of the globe.

Comite International d’ Esthetique et de Cosmetologie
e-mail: info@cidesco.com
website: www.cidesco.com

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0860  

Writing: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0921  or EAPP 0870  

Arithmetic: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0745  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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