24-credit Technical Diploma
Program Code 31-502-2
Aestheticians are skin care specialists who perform a variety of facial and body treatments to help their clients maintain the health and appearance of their skin. Learn to perform basic facials, spa body treatments, waxing, specialized massage, hair removal and makeup application.
How Long It Will Take
Students will complete this program in one year.
You can begin this program in the spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting.
What Makes This Program Unique
- You can apply credits from this technical diploma to the Master Aesthetician associate degree.
- Graduates from this program are eligible to take the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam for Aestheticians.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript
- Complete placement assessment (Reading and Writing).
- Schedule and attend a Program Advising Session.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2020 Start
- This program cannot be started in fall.
Spring 2021 Start
- Submit application by June 1, 2020
- Complete checklist items by September 28, 2020
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
This program requires purchase of an Aesthetician kit through the WCTC Bookstore.
$21,800 - $38,000 annually, plus commission and tip opportunities
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you’re a good communicator, have an interest in skin care and enjoy working with people to help them look and feel their best, a career as an aesthetician may be for you. Aestheticians perform a variety of services – from facials to laser hair removal to body wraps and much more. Those working in medical settings apply treatments under the supervision of medical professionals.
- Skin Care Specialist
- Paramedical Aethetician
- Oncology Aesthetician
- Makeup Artist
Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.