This program is not currently offered
This program is now offered as Esthetics and Nail Technology Certificate.
This 800-hour program gives students the skills and knowledge to seek employment in the field of professional Esthetics. Students will be provided theoretical and practical skills in the key areas of Esthetics including spa level pedicures and manicures, skin analysis, skin care, professionalism and ethics, sanitation, introductory anatomy and physiology, cosmetics, spa relaxation-level massage, facials and body treatments, hard and soft wax hair removal, product knowledge and the business elements of esthetics.
In addition to obtaining Okanagan College certification, students successfully completing the program will have the opportunity to write the Cosmetology Industry Association of British Columbia (CIABC) exam. While in the program students must also hold and maintain in good standing an annual CIABC student membership.
ESTH 101-106 hoursIntroduction to EstheticsThe practice of self-grooming and beautification has its origins in ancient cultures. This course will review the history of Esthetics and skin care in order to acquaint the student with some of the ways that men and women have tried to improve on nature by changing and enhancing their appearance. Students will also learn how their own professional image is important to the client, employer and industry.
ESTH 102-128 hoursGeneral SciencesEstheticians work on the human body, and it is essential that they have some knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as well as bacteria and how to prevent the spread of disease. This course will provide students with an understanding of cells, the skeletal system, muscles, skin and the nervous system. Students will also gain an understanding of basic chemistry as it relates to Esthetics as well as the use of electrical equipment in performing Esthetic procedures.
ESTH 103-252 hoursThe Skin SciencesThe science of skin histology and physiology includes the functions, layers, and anatomy of the skin. This course will also cover many of the common skin disorders and diseases that they may encounter in their daily work as well as the fundamental skills required for skin analysis. Students will also be introduced to a variety of products that they would commonly use in the field of Esthetics.
ESTH 104-218 hoursThe Principles of Esthetic ProceduresThis course will cover many of the procedures that Estheticians will be expected to perform as part of their job duties. In addition to massage, facials, hair removal and brow and lash tinting, students will learn about the equipment used to perform these procedures as well as cosmetics and their many applications.
ESTH 105-96 hoursThe Business of Skin CareOnce considered a luxury, esthetics has evolved into a significant part of the health, beauty, and wellness movement, responsible for generating a growing number of full-service salons, day spas, medi-spas and wellness centres. The course will cover elements of the skin care business as well as product sales and service and career planning in the Esthetics field.
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