600 total hours

Length: 350 clock hours, (Plus 150 hours, safety and sanitation and 100 hours career development for a total of 600)

Description: Esthetics is the study of the skin, its associated structures, skin diseases and disorders. It includes the related services of esthetics, make-up, body wrapping and body treatments, temporary hair removal, eyebrow arching, lash and brow tints, and artificial lash application.

Format: Students progress through the course in four levels: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. To progress from one level to the next, students must complete the required hours, required operations, written evaluations and practical evaluations for each level.

Freshman level is three weeks and is spent in the classroom setting where students learn the basics in esthetics and practice on each other and models. Students are given written and practical evaluations at the end of each week.

After successful completion of the 3 weeks of freshman classes, students are assigned to the clinic floor to begin practice of practical skills and customer service skills. Once assigned to the clinic, students attend other classes each week.

In addition to the above mentioned classes, students also attend half- and full-day classes at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels to increase their skills in both cosmetology and business and in preparation for written exams and for the state licensing exam.

Course Goals

  1. To qualify to take the Oregon State Board of Barber and Hairdressers National written exam, which covers the subjects of the care of skin, esthetics treatments and body wrapping, temporary hair removal, make-up, lash & brow tinting and artificial lash application.
  2. To identify skin diseases and disorders.
  3. To perform tasks of Esthetics Technology in a proficient manner that will support the graduate in employment.
  4. To have an awareness of personal self worth, pride and professionalism.

Units of Instruction

Academic/Lab Hours
Facials 50
Massage 50
Body Treatments 10
Esthetic Treatments 40
Make-up 30
Make-up Color Theory 5
Artificial Lash Application 5
Basic Electricity 5
Electrical Facial Equipment 5
Electrotherapy/Light Therapy 10
Basic Chemistry 10
Esthetic Chemistry 20
Morphology of Hair 5
Temporary Hair Removal 30
Anatomy 10
Histology/Physiology of Skin 10
Skin Diseases & Disorders 40
Room Set-up 5
Contraindications 5
Client Consultation/Documentation 5
Career Development 100
Safety & Sanitation 150
 Total Training Hours  600

Textbook Disclosure


2009, 10TH EDITION
ISBN 13: 978-1-4283-1892-2

2009, 10TH EDITION
ISBN 13: 978-1-4283-1894-6

2009, 10TH EDITION
ISBN 13: 978-1-4283-1895-3

ISBN 13: 978-1-4018-9747-5

General School and Course Information

Grading Procedures and Scale

Student grades will be based on theory assignments, theory exams, practical assignments and practical exams. Students must achieve a grade of C (75%) or better to be considered acceptable according to the following grading scale:

Grading Scale
A 90% to 100% Superior
B 80% to 89% Excellent
C 75% to 79% Satisfactory
F 74% or less Unsatisfactory


Hourly Breakdown of All Courses


Program Hair Esthetics Nails Safety & Sani. Career Total
H + E + N 1,450 250 350 150 100 2,300
H + E 1,450 250 150 100 1,950
H + N 1,450 350 150 100 2,050
H 1,450 150 100 1,700
E + N 250 350 150 100 850
E 250 150 100 500
N 350 150 100 600
B 1,100 150 100 1,350
C 1,000
 H = Hair Design, E = Esthetics, N = Nails Technology, B = Barbering, C = Cadet Instructor

All courses (except Cadet Instructor) each contain the required units of 100 hours of Career Development and 150 hours of Safety and Sanitation. If you have already completed one or more of the courses and want to return to complete another subject, you must complete at least the following hours, plus have an evaluation of your prior hours to credit to the Career Development and Safety & Sanitation requirements:

Gainful Employment

The occupational outlook for cosmetology careers is very promising. The salon industry continues to grow and continues to employ large numbers of professionals. In the latest national survey conducted for the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, there were 1,682,641 professionals employed in the nation’s 370,250 beauty salons, barber shops, skin care salons and nail salons. New employees were difficult to find. Approximately 3 out of every 4 salon owners that looked for new employees reported difficulty in finding new applicants. Recent trends indicate a steady demand for licensed professionals in the industry.

To learn more about our schools’ graduation rates and other statistics, click the links below: