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2022-2023 General Catalog Archived 
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Esthetics Technology, Certificate

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Total credit hours:16

The Esthetics Technology curriculum provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the art of skin care. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment, which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional esthetics technology, business/human relations, product knowledge, and other related topics.

An essential element in the success of the College’s Esthetics program is the opportunity for students to complete their clinical practice in a simulated salon that serves as a learning laboratory. Through supervised hands-on interactions with clients, students practice and demonstrate mastery of competencies needed for successful employment in the field. Former students have rated this real-life experience as critical in the mastery of professional skills and clinical procedures as well as awareness about the role of the Esthetician in the work environment.

Graduates should be prepared to take the North Carolina Cosmetology State Board Licensing Exam and upon passing be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and cosmetic/skin care salons, as a platform artist, and in related businesses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Esthetic treatment skill sets.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in Infection Control and Safety Procedures in esthetics.
  3. Integrate objective and subjective data to create individual treatment plans for clients in a spa setting.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

In accordance with the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts, students must submit an original social security card, tax ID card, or student visa information as well as a government issued ID and proof of date of birth to Cosmetic Arts Faculty and Staff prior to starting COS-prefix courses.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of “B” or better in COS prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Felony Policy


(a) Any applicant convicted of a felony or charged with a felony that is still pending may apply for Board approval. All documentation submitted shall have no effect on an individual’s ability to attend a cosmetic art school, take an examination administered by the Board, or apply for a license.

(b) The applicant shall supply the following:

(1) a statement of facts of the crime, accompanied by a certified copy of the indictment (or, in the absence of an indictment, a copy of the “information” that initiated the formal judicial process), the judgment and any commitment order for each felony for which there has been a conviction;

(2) at least three letters attesting to the applicant’s character from individuals unrelated by blood or marriage;

(3) a summary of the applicant’s personal history since conviction including, if applicable, date of release, parole or probation status, employment, and military service; and

(4) any other information that in the opinion of the applicant would be useful or pertinent to the consideration by the Board of the applicant’s request for licensure.

Technical Standards

In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of esthetics. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook, and/or are available from program faculty. Esthetics Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)  

Transfer Options

The decision regarding transfer credit for COS courses is made by the appropriate academic administrator, in consultation with members of the Cosmetic Arts faculty. Transfer credit must be evaluated by the program and is not guaranteed.

Curriculum Guide

Once students start COS prefix courses, they MUST stay continuously enrolled in COS courses. 

First Fall

First Spring

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