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Esthetician Spa Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Overview

The Esthetician Spa Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is designed for future employment in a spa/resort setting. This program also prepares the student for the CIDESCO examination.​

​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. ​

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​

Program Highlights

  • 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:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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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 Spa AAS Degree program are eligible to take the CIDESCO certification exam. The cost of this exam is approximately $350.00 for undergraduate 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. 

  • Career Settings

    • ​Salon spa
    • Resort spa
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

    ​Esthetician Spa AAS Degree

    • BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus
    • BA Health Care Administration, Concordia University-St. Paul
    • BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University​

  • Related Programs

  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Graduates of the Esthetician Spa 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.​
  • Program Advisor

    ​Lyubov Babina 

  • Meet the Faculty

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

Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie​​ 
e-mail: info@cidesco.com
Web site: www.cidesco.com

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

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