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