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Esthetic Sciences

Why Choose the Esthetic Sciences Program?

Esthetic Sciences is a field devoted to health and beauty. Specialists provide clients with specialized skin care treatments and recommendations, and that requires a tremendous level of knowledge, as well as a positive and engaging personality and devoted work ethic. Our Esthetic Sciences program prepares students for a career in the esthetics field by offering students opportunities to build all of these skills. Students work with each other in class and real-world patients in CPTC's student-operated Esthetics Salon, offering the opportunity to see and treat a diverse set of skin types. Our award-winning program ranks among the top in the state for its training, hands-on learning opportunities and one of the highest pass rates at state boards. If you have a passion for health and beauty and a strong work ethic, consider this program and career path.

In our Esthetic Sciences Program you'll get hands-on training with live models and professional clientele. Our program can prepare you to work in spas, salons, medical offices, medi-spas, and dermatology and plastic surgery offices.
How Long It Takes:

Esthetic Sciences AAT Degree: 4 Quarters

Master Esthetician Certificate: 3 Quarters

 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

 

Potential Careers

SKINCARE SPECIALIST

Median annual pay in Washington:

$27,200 per year

Full Career Details

Career Pathway

 


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.

Esthetic Sciences Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Esthetic Sciences Program, students will:

  • Demonstrate written and practical skills required for the application process and examination to obtain state licensing.
  • Demonstrate managerial skills and maintain current knowledge of state laws and industry standards that is necessary to operate in an existing salon or retail business, and/or establish a new small business.
  • Demonstration of professional behavior and attire, accountability, integrity and honesty.
  • Operate, handle and store tools/implements and equipment in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • Apply product knowledge of the industry in a retail sales and service environment.
  • Employ acquired interdisciplinary skill sets to educate clientele via consultation.
  • Perform employability standards such as customer service, communication and listening skills, performance paradigms (e.g., adaptability, responsibility, punctuality, cooperation, etc.) and work ethics.
  • Employ demonstrable strategies to build and retain clientele.
  • Perform basic practical skills in the areas of skin care, hair removal, makeup and body treatments.
  • Perform the basic critical skills to determine proper skin care, hair removal, makeup and body treatments for the individual client image and self-care.
  • Apply learned theory, technical information and related matter to assure sound judgments, decisions, and procedures.
  • Apply learned theory, manipulative skills and analytical skills to obtain licensure and competency in entry-level positions in esthetics and/or related fields.

Meet Your Instructors

Melissa Siedlicki

Melissa Siedlicki

Melissa graduated from CPTC's Esthetic Sciences Program in 1987, the Esthetics Instructor Cadet Training in 1994, and the Cosmetology program in 1998 and started teaching at CPTC in 1998. She’s also a CIDESCO international diplomat and was one of the key members of the group that worked on the esthetics-licensing law that passed in May 2013.

Bldg 8, Rm 323
253-589-5748
melissa.siedlicki@cptc.edu


Maureen Shields 

Bldg 2, Rm 104
253-589-5738
maureen.shields@cptc.edu


Jennifer Whipple 

Bldg 8, Rm 323
253-589-5883
jennifer.whipple@cptc.edu


Karlee Sorensen 

Bldg 8, Rm 323
253-589-5736
karlee.sorensen@cptc.edu


Esthetic Sciences Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 8, Room 323, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.

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STORIES ABOUT OUR ESTHETICS PROGRAM

CPTC Esthetics Program Named School of the Year

Clover Park Technical College Esthetic Science instructors Karlee Sorensen (left) and Melissa Siedlicki (right) accept the Lira Clinical School of the Year award from Lira representative Aimee Fuentes (center)

While Lira Clinical representative Aimee Fuentes often visits Clover Park Technical College to educate esthetic students and clients about Lira products, her visit early this week served a more congratulatory purpose.

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The ‘Esthe Sisters’

 

Renee Beck, center, stands with Shonna Block and Danyelle Beck inside Renee Beck's salon, Enchanted Lotus in University Place.

While a student in the Esthetic Sciences Program, Renee Beck made a joke. “I’ll open my own place so all my friends can work there and we can see each other,” she recalled.

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Esthetic Sciences Students Volunteer at Women’s Health Event

Esthetic Sciences students performed hand massages at a Carol Milgard Breast Center event in Tacoma.

Esthetic Sciences students from Clover Park Technical College volunteered at a community event at the Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma on March 6.

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