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Esthetician Diploma
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Program Overview

​Esthetician services include specialized work with skin care products, analysis of skin, skin exfoliation, massage techniques and facials. Students learn to tint brows and lashes, apply makeup, provide temporary hair removal, and use machines designed to administer skin treatments. 

After esthetician students complete 600 hours of skills and theory training and pass the written exam through the State designated testing service and skills certification, they are eligible for licensure through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. 

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.​

The Esthetician Diploma program prepares the student for the CIDESCO examination. CIDESCO certification holders are able to license as an esthetician technician, certify as a massage therapist and license as a nail technician upon completion of clinic nail hours. Cross trained therapists are able to work in spas, medical offices, cruise ships and 5 star resorts. 

Esthetician Certificate students can complete the program in one semester (Fall or Spring) provided they attend full-time and the 3-credit General Education requirement has also been met.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • Anatomy, physiology and histology of the skin and body
  • Skin analysis and massage
  • Cosmetic ingredients
  • Customer service
  • Makeup application
  • Use of machines to administer skin treatments
  • Temporary Hair Removal
  • Brow and lash tinting​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​Textbook and Supply Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $1,900.00 for esthetics books and supplies (first semester). Tuition, college fees and books for remaining courses are not included in this cost. Items can be purchased in the College Bookstore. In addition, there is a fee to take the Minnesota licensure exam. 

    Be prepared to purchase all Esthetics kits with the instructor on the second day of class. Financial aid must have been completed.​

    CIDESCO Certification Exam
    Graduates of the Esthetician Diploma program are eligible to take the CIDESCO certification exam. The cost of this exam is approximately $350.00 for under graduate students and approximately $650.00 for post graduate students. After passing the CIDESCO exam a fee of $65.00 is charged for the CIDESCO diploma and pin. CHSN 2411 CIDESCO Exam Student Preparation class and the CIDESCO exam is offered summer semester only. The Esthetician Diploma will meet the criteria for the CIDESCO exam requirement of 1200 hours of training in skin, massage and nail services.

  • Career Settings

    • ​​Full Service Salons
    • Day spas 
    • Fitness Centers 
    • Dermatologist and plastic surgeon offices 
    • Hospitals
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  • Additional Benefits

    • Graduates of the Esthetican Diploma program are eligible to take the CIDESCO certification exam.​
    • CIDESCO certification holders are able to license as an esthetician technician, certify as a massage therapist, and license as a nail technician upon completion of clinic nail hours. Cross trained therapists are able to work in Spas, Medical Offices, Cruise Ships and 5 Star Resorts.​

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​Saint Paul College's Esthetician Program is a CIDESCO school. This means the program prepares candidates for the CIDESCO examination. CIDESCO is an internationally recognized esthetics credential.

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Professional Affiliations
Minnesota Salon & Spa Professional Association (MNSSPA)​​

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