60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
How You'll Learn
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
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2024 Start
- This program cannot be started in fall.
Spring 2024 Start
- Application Opens: April 1, 2023
- Application Deadline: July 31, 2023
Summer 2024 Start
- This program cannot be started in summer.
* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
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 through WCTC Bookstore
- Aesthetician Kit: $1,850
- State board exam: $400
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
- High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through
the 11th grade.*
- ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
- Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must
be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on
a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
- If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.
*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.
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.
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 Aesthetician
- Oncology Aesthetician
- Makeup Artist
$23,600 - $46,800 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.
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
What Makes This Program Unique?
This program is the first of its kind in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Students
are trained to perform aesthetic services in salon, spa and medical settings.
Train in chemical exfoliation, IPL hair removal, microdermabrasion, laser treatments,
chemical peels, micro-blading and lash extensions while in the program.
Those working in cosmetology have a taste for style, helping clients enhance their
More Credit Opportunities
Dual enrollment offers high school students an opportunity to get a head start in
high-demand fields while earning college credits.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge
you've already acquired through prior coursework, work experience and more.
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