Major ID: 410A
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring Summer - online CHSN 1698 & CHSN 1699 only
The Advanced Practice Esthetics (AP) AAS degree includes the complete basic esthetics certification program, the complete AP esthetics certificate program, and the general education requirements required for completion of a two year AAS degree. AP Esthetics service include specialized training and clinical practice in four AP esthetics categories: chemical exfoliation of the skin, exfoliation of the skin using a machine or device, advanced skin care techniques, and skin needling.
The Advanced Practice Esthetics (AP) AAS degree is designed to be the next level of training for the esthetician or cosmetologist that wishes to specialize in the afore mentioned categories including; advanced understanding of skin anatomy and physiology, skin histology, skin care products and ingredients, pre and post treatment regimens, client consultation including skin analysis and skin typing, and risk management. Students learn to perform chemical peels, hydrodermabrasion, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, skin needling, facials utilizing machines, electrical devices, facial lymphatic drainage massage, and advanced extractions using needles and lancets.
After AP Esthetics students complete all theory, practical training and state testing as defined in Rule by the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology, they are eligible for licensing through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology. AP estheticians work in a variety of settings including salons, spas, fitness centers, medi-spa’s, and skin clinics. AP estheticians may also have their own Advanced Practice Esthetics business.
Final licensing and/or state testing are independent of graduation requirements.
- Graduates will be able to perform advanced exfoliation using chemicals.
- Graduates will be able to perform advanced exfoliation using machine or device.
- Graduates will be able to perform advanced extractions using lancets and needles.
- Graduates will be able to perform electrical energy treatments.
- Graduates will be able to perform skin needling.
- Graduates will be able to perform facial lymphatic drainage massage.
- Graduates will be able to perform advanced client consultations.
Textbook and Supply Costs
Students should expect to spend approximately $2,200.00 for esthetics books and supplies (first or third semester) and $2,500.00 for AP esthetics books and supplies (second or fourth semester). Tuition, college fees and books for remaining courses are not included in this cost. Items can be purchased in the Online College Bookstore. Be prepared to purchase all Esthetics kits with the instructor on the second day of class during the corresponding semester.
Financial aid must have been completed. In addition, there are fees to take the Minnesota licensure exam and obtain a Minnesota license.
Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.
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.
Advanced Esthetics Classes Prerequisite
In order to register for Advanced level esthetics classes series ESTH 17XX, students must have verification of: completion of all training and passing results of all state written and practical skills testing for basic esthetics or cosmetology in accordance with Law and Rule of the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology; or current/ active Minnesota basic esthetician or Minnesota cosmetology license.
All necessary documents must be submitted to the program faculty for verification prior to registration.