60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Aestheticians are skincare specialists who perform a variety of facial and body treatments to help their clients maintain the health and appearance of their skin to look and feel their best and learn to perform basic and advanced facials, spa body treatments, waxing, specialized massage, hair removal and make-up application.
- Upon successful completion of the program, students will have met requirements to sit for the Wisconsin State Aestheticians Licensing exam.
- Program begins in the spring semester 2019.
- Prepare for jobs such as aesthetician, medical aesthetician, facialist.
Program Code 10-502-1
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
502-100 Facial Treatments 1
Explore the theory and practical skills of facials. Study skin type, conditions and diseases, and learn to perform beginning skin analysis and corrective treatments. Master basic facial massage manipulations, remove superfluous/vellus hair and learn to apply skin care products and makeup.
502-101 Spa Ecology
Apply sanitation and infection control practices to keep the salon, spa and medical setting clean and customers safe. Study Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes relating to safety and sanitation in a variety of aesthetician settings. Discuss the differences in ecology practices between salon and medical settings, including the disposal of medical waste.
502-102 Hair Removal Techniques
Study theory and practice hair removal techniques for both men and women. Learn how to remove hair from the face, underarms, legs, bikini and back by performing services on models, and understand contraindications to hair removal for clients.
502-103 Aesthetic Guest Services 1
Develop consultation and analysis skills while performing basic skin treatments including facial treatments, hair removal and waxing on guests in the WCTC Aesthetics Lab. Learn to provide positive guest service in all aspects of the salon experience, from greeting to completion to retention of guests. Study how personality, teamwork and ethics contribute to both personal and professional success within the aesthetics industry.
502-104 Facial Treatments 2
Study principles of electricity and electrotherapy and learn to incorporate electrical equipment into facial treatments. Perform facials specific to conditions, incorporating techniques like sugaring and threading. Study advanced skin care procedures such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and facial peels performed in salon and spa settings.
502-105 Aesthetic Spa Treatments
Build on previous skills and knowledge to perform additional techniques such as deep cleansing galvanic facials, extractions, high frequency, microdermabrasion, chemical exfoliation and other aesthetic procedures performed in a day spa.
502-106 Aesthetic Guest Services 2
Consult with clients, analyze skin types and perform salon-level skin treatments tailored to conditions and client needs. Treatments include microderm abrasion, dermaplaning, chemical exfoliation, aromatherapies and makeup applications. Continue to develop product knowledge and recommend skin care products to guests.
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
502-107 Make Up Techniques
Build on basic makeup theory and color analysis while performing special occasion makeup applications on peers and models.
502-108 Skin Massage & Spa Treatments
Provide skin care services using a variety of spa treatments including relaxing body massage, aromatherapy, moisturizing paraffin treatments, stone massage, deep cleansing facials, body treatments and reflexology to relieve tension and enhance the health and condition of the skin. Study the latest research in the relationships between nutrition, wellness and skin care.
502-109 Aesthetic Guest Services 3
Provide aesthetic services to clients in a salon/spa setting, including galvanic current in facial treatments, light therapy, deep cleansing galvanic facials, superficial Microderm abrasion and chemical exfoliations along with skin and body treatments for relaxation, wellness and overall health.
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
502-110 Spa Business & Law
Explore the variety of settings available for future aesthetic employment, and study aspects of successful salon ownership and management. Develop a portfolio including resume, cover letter and other tools to use when seeking employment. Learn to interpret state statutes and administrative rules related to aesthetics practice.
502-111 Aesthetic Guest Services 4
Integrate the theory, practice and reflection of all coursework by providing a comprehensive array of aesthetic salon/spa services to guests in WCTC's Aesthetics Lab. In addition, review all state board-required procedures and materials. Conclude the course with a practical and written assessment of all state board subjects. Prepare and submit materials for state board exams.
502-112 Intro to Advanced Aesthetics
Explore the aesthetician’s role in healthcare and aspects of working in a medical setting. Become familiar with common medical-grade treatments and advanced skin care techniques.
502-113 Laser Theory & Applications
Study safety and control measures within cosmetic laser environments, including Laser Safety Officer duties, contraindications to laser treatments and all related safety and first aid components. Explore the physics, safety, hazard assessment and risk management aspects of working with lasers, and discuss the compliance measures needed to meet OSHA and other regulatory requirements.
806-100 Anatomy/Physiology Aesthetics
Applying laser treatment protocols, giving face and body treatments, and providing skincare analysis all require complex knowledge of the human body. Focus on advanced facial anatomy, musculature and nervous systems relating to the application of medical aesthetics in this course.
809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Gain a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical, scientific and biopsychosocial perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Critically evaluate individual and professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
502-114 Laser Treatments & Procedures
Study aesthetic laser treatments performed or assisted by aestheticians under the supervision of a medical director. Explore procedures including laser treatments, Botox injections and soft tissue fillers, and learn to provide treatment assessments and plans.
502-115 Advanced Make Up Techniques
Explore advanced makeup techniques through a variety of genres including theater, fashion, period and photography. Study creative forms of makeup application including airbrushing, tattooing, micro-blading and eyelash extensions.
502-116 Advanced Aesthetic Clinic 1
Practice learned skills on clients by selecting modalities and treating the patient. Implement advanced treatments including dermabrasion, dermaplaning, oxygen and ultrasound treatments, hydrafacials, LED therapies and medium-depth chemical peels in the WCTC Aesthetics lab.
502-117 Advanced Facial Treatments
Study advanced skin treatments offered in a medical setting under the supervision of a physician or medical director. Gain theoretic knowledge of skin therapies including medium-depth skin peels and the use of lasers for collagen synthesis, cellular stimulation and hair reduction. Explore additional therapeutic applications of ultrasound and micro-current in both skin and body.
502-118 Advanced Body Treatments
Explore advanced spa services, body treatments and alternative massage-related therapies provided in a medical setting. Learn to identify, explain and perform spa treatments and services suited for individual client needs.
502-119 Advanced Aesthetic Clinic 2
Practice learned skills on clients by selecting modalities and treating the patient. Review protocols, consents and post-care education to be explained to the patient. Implement advanced treatments including monopolar and bipolar radio frequency, micro-needling and light pulse treatments in the WCTC Aesthetics Lab.
804-123 Math w Business Apps
Cover real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest and annuities. Apply math concepts to the purchasing/buying and selling process, and use basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
502-120 Medical Conditions and Care
Discover how to support the work of physicians and other aesthetics providers in a clinic setting. Learn how to record information in medical recordkeeping systems, prepare and handle medical instruments and supplies, and collect and prepare specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing.
502-121 Trends/Approaches to Skin Care
Explore trending approaches to skin care and gain exposure to current technology and equipment. Tour facilities and participate in lectures and discussions with speakers representing laser and aesthetic equipment and medical-grade products.
502-122 Advanced Aesthetic Clinic 3
Participate in a clinical rotation in the field. Shadow professionals, perform aesthetic spa services, and observe aesthetic procedures within medical facilities that offer aesthetic treatments under the supervision of a medical director.
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.