Degree Type

24-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date


How You'll Learn



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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in fall.

Spring 2023 Start

  • Submit application by June 27, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by July 25, 2022

Summer 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Program iPad (128GB): Purchase or rent through the WCTC Bookstore
  • Aesthetician Kit: $1,850
  • State board exam: $400

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Program Details

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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.

  • Aesthetician
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Paramedical Aesthetician
  • Oncology Aesthetician
  • Makeup Artist

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Please note:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to take the state licensing exam.
  • You are required to obtain licensing within one year of completing this program.
  • Occasional overnight travel to trade shows is optional but beneficial.

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Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Aesthetician program.

$20,800 - $33,000 annually, plus potential 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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


You can apply credits from this technical diploma toward the Master Aesthetician associate degree.


Graduates from this program are eligible to take the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam for Aestheticians.


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