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Esthetic Sciences AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma required.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in salons, day spas, or medical settings such as medi-spas, dermatology offices, or plastic surgery centers. Future employment may include positions as estheticians, sales representatives for product lines or makeup artists.

Students participate in realistic training through the student-operated clinic on campus. Students perform services on live models. Services performed include facials, temporary hair removal, makeup, body wrap techniques, chemical peels, electricity therapies and microdermabrasion. Curriculum includes all related first aid, safety and sanitation procedures.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Employability Requirements: To qualify for an esthetician’s license from the Washington State Department of Licensing, a student must successfully complete the technical courses offered in the program, complete 1,200 hours of technical instruction, and pass both the written and practical exams for the Department of Licensing.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ES 105Anatomy and Physiology for Estheticians2
ES 110Histology and Physiology of the Skin4
ES 113Introduction to Cosmetic Chemistry3
ES 116Medical Chart Notation and Medical Terminology for Estheticians4
ES 120Skin Diseases or Disorders5
ES 123Bacteriology, Salon Safety and Sanitation4
ES 125Facial Procedures4
ES 128Temporary Hair Removal5
ES 130Makeup Applications2
ES 132Skin Care and Body Treatments4
ES 134Machine Facials4
ES 136Microdermabrasion and Superficial Peels4
ES 138Spa/Clinical Operations1
ES 140Clinical Applications I7
ES 143Clinical Applications II7
ES 146Corrective Concealing Makeup1
ES 149Laser Theory and Applications5
ES 150Medium Depth Peels2
ES 152Pharmacology for Estheticians1
ES 154Advanced Skin Care and Massage Techniques5
ES 155Advanced Cosmetic Chemistry4
ES 157Business Plan and Professional Development2
ES 158State Board Prep2
ES 159Introduction to Business Planning and Professional Development1
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
BIOL& 175Human Biology W/Lab5
 Technical Credits103

Anatomy and Physiology for Estheticians

Item #
ES 105
Total Credits
2

A comprehensive survey of the body systems and how they work as they relate to the practice of esthetics. Class projects include eukaryotic cell, cranial puzzle, muscles of the head and neck, and muscle flash cards.

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Histology and Physiology of the Skin

Item #
ES 110
Total Credits
4

A comprehensive examination of the epidermis, dermis and hypocutis, including specialty cells and dermal adnexa. Examination of the physiology of the epidermal basement membrane, accessory organs of skin and epidermal differentiation as they relate to the practice of esthetics.

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Introduction to Cosmetic Chemistry

Item #
ES 113
Total Credits
3

Fundamentals of chemistry, including differences between organic and inorganic matter, simple chemical reactions, pH for estheticians, and composition of, as well as indications for, commonly used products for esthetic salon services.

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Medical Chart Notation and Medical Terminology for Estheticians

Item #
ES 116
Total Credits
4

Survey of common medical charting notations and terminology employed in medical practice, particularly as they relate to spa, salon, and medical office environments.

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Skin Diseases or Disorders

Item #
ES 120
Total Credits
5

Identify normal skin and anomalies of skin, including primary, secondary, and vascular lesions, as well as irregularities of skin pigmentation. Identification of skin diseases and differentiating from common noncontagious lesions is included.

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Bacteriology, Salon Safety and Sanitation

Item #
ES 123
Total Credits
4

Overview of pathological and non-pathological microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, endo and ecto parasites, disease vectors and transmission. Covers levels of decontaminations pertaining to salons, spas and medical offices.

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Facial Procedures

Item #
ES 125
Total Credits
4

Introduction to facial procedures, including client intake and assessment, skin analysis, clinical indications and contraindications, European facial instruction, product selections and recommendations. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all first-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 128, ES 130, ES 132, ES 134, ES 138.
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Temporary Hair Removal

Item #
ES 128
Total Credits
5

Survey of temporary hair removal, covering contraindications and methods of epilation, including mechanical advantage, safety and sanitation employed in the esthetics profession.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all first-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 125, ES 130, ES 132, ES 134, ES 138.
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Makeup Applications

Item #
ES 130
Total Credits
2

History of makeup application. Course includes color theory and basic makeup application techniques. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all first-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 125, ES 128, ES 132, ES 134, ES 138.
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Skin Care and Body Treatments

Item #
ES 132
Total Credits
4

Body treatments to include mud wraps, body scrubs, wet and dry room techniques, back treatments, and cellulite body treatments. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all first-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 125, ES 128, ES 130, ES 134, ES 138.
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Machine Facials

Item #
ES 134
Total Credits
4

Includes indications, contraindications and safety for electrical modalities, including galvanic, high frequency, and microcurrent.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all first-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 125, ES 128, ES 130, ES 132, ES 138.
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Microdermabrasion and Superficial Peels

Item #
ES 136
Total Credits
4

Covers clinical exfoliation and desquamation techniques employing chemical and mechanical methods. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all second-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 140, ES 143, ES 159, ES 146, ES 152.
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Spa/Clinical Operations

Item #
ES 138
Total Credits
1

Realistic training in our student-run clinic incorporating point of sale, dispensary, laundry, spa and clinical operations and management positions.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all first-quarter Esthetic courses.
Co-requisites
ES 125, ES 128, ES 130, ES 132, ES 134.
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Clinical Applications I

Item #
ES 140
Total Credits
7

Realistic training in our student-run clinic incorporating every aspect of an exemplar esthetics practice.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all second-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 143, ES 159, ES 146, ES 136, ES 152.
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Clinical Applications II

Item #
ES 143
Total Credits
7

Realistic training in our student-run clinic incorporating every aspect of an exemplar esthetics practice and advanced modalities.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all second-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 140, ES 159, ES 146, ES 136, ES 152.
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Corrective Concealing Makeup

Item #
ES 146
Total Credits
1

Theory and application of corrective and concealing techniques for makeup applications.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 140, ES 143, ES 159, ES 136, ES 152.
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Laser Theory and Applications

Item #
ES 149
Total Credits
5

Didactic and hands-on applications of multiple laser modalities. Course will include all related safety and first aid components.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 158, ES 150, ES 154, ES 155, ES 157.
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Medium Depth Peels

Item #
ES 150
Total Credits
2

Didactic and hands on applications of clinical-based medium depth peels. Course includes all related safety and first aid measures.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 158, ES 149, ES 154, ES 155, ES 157.
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Pharmacology for Estheticians

Item #
ES 152
Total Credits
1

This course includes common medications and drug interactions as they pertain to esthetic skin-care services.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all second-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 140, ES 159, ES 143, ES 136, ES 146.
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Advanced Skin Care and Massage Techniques

Item #
ES 154
Total Credits
5

This course includes advanced modalities of skin care including MLD and other industry-related techniques.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 158, ES 149, ES 150, ES 155, ES 157.
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Advanced Cosmetic Chemistry

Item #
ES 155
Total Credits
4

In-depth study of cosmetic chemicals and product knowledge. Students will write research papers on chemical products, ingredients and contraindications that may occur during an esthetic treatment.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 158, ES 149, ES 150, ES 154, ES 157.
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Business Plan and Professional Development

Item #
ES 157
Total Credits
2

Independent research and preparation of a business plan and portfolio as capstone project.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 149, ES 150, ES 154, ES 155, ES 158.
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State Board Prep

Item #
ES 158
Total Credits
2

This course includes kit preparation and simulation of state board examinations. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all third-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 155, ES 149, ES 150, ES 154, ES 157.
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Introduction to Business Planning and Professional Development

Item #
ES 159
Total Credits
1

This course introduces the learner to outlining business plans by obtaining demographics, researching profit and loss statements and outlining startup costs. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all second-quarter courses.
Co-requisites
ES 140, ES 143, ES 146, ES 136, ES 152.
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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Human Biology W/Lab

Item #
BIOL& 175
Total Credits
5

This course is an in-depth approach to body systems, emphasizing the relationship between structure and functions. This is a laboratory course appropriate for non-science majors or for students beginning study in life sciences. 

Prerequisites
COMPASS reading score of 81 and writing score of 77 or successful completion of ENG 094.
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