60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Code 10-502-1
Go beyond the basics of aesthetics by learning the skills and techniques needed to perform skin care services in medical settings. This program provides training in advanced skin treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion and various laser treatments. Train to work in plastic surgery, dermatology, medical spas and other medical environments.
How Long It Will Take
Students will complete this program in less than two years.
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
- This program is the first of its kind in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Students are trained to perform aethetic services in salon, spa, and medical settings.
- Learn in a hands-on environment by servicing guests in WCTC's Style & Class Salon and Spa and Aesthetics Lab.
- Participate in a clinical rotation in a medical spa setting through a capstone experience.
- Train in chemical exfoliation, IPL hair removal, Microderm abrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, microblading and lash extensions while in the program.
- Meet all education hours required to sit for the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam for Aestheticians.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
If you have a Wisconsin Aesthetics License and/or a Laser Certification from the National Laser Institute, you are eligible to earn credit for related technical coursework. Contact your advisor for more information. Test out options may also exist for program coursework. 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.
- Schedule and attend a Program Advising Session.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2019 Start
- This program cannot be started in fall.
Spring 2020 Start
- Submit application by November 18, 2019
- Complete checklist items by December 16, 2019
* 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 a program iPad and an Aesthetician kit through the WCTC Bookstore.
$26,000 - $50,000 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