Esthetician Curriculum

Accepting Applications for January 2022

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 10, 2022
Offered at:
Program code:
EST
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,477.90 per semester*
International:
$8,047.26 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions and supporting client needs (including and not limited to facials, manicures, pedicures, hair removal, and make up applications).
  • Use a range of specialized equipment and products, in compliance with established national, provincial, industry, and other related standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Apply relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and histology to the provision of specialized esthetic treatments and services.
  • Adhere to health, safety, sanitation, and infection and prevention control guidelines, according to current legislation and national, provincial, municipal, and industry standards and regulations.
  • Identify business skills and activities required for the successful establishment and operation of a small esthetic business in a salon or spa environment.
  • Select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients to clients, taking into account health status and identified needs.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships in adherence to standards and ethics associated with the profession.
  • Develop customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations in accordance with professional standards and ethics.
  • Develop life-long learning habits through the pursuit of interdisciplinary areas of study related to social, economic and cultural understanding, civic life, personal understanding, science and technology and arts in society.
  • Prepare a portfolio that reflects personal growth, achievements, job (H&W specific).

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

COSM 43
Units/ Hours: 60

This course introduces the student to skin histology and physiology, to gain a foundational level of knowledge required to perform basic and advanced manual facial techniques. Students will learn how to perform in-depth consultation, with an awareness of contra-indications and the importance of client care. Through hands on learning theoretical knowledge will be transferred into the practical labs for students to carry out full skin analysis to determine skin type, conditions, being able to distinguish between skin disorders and diseases, to safely perform a variety of facials to accommodate client's needs.

Co-Requisites
COSM 7
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will become proficient in a variety of hair removal techniques and treatments. Hard and soft wax techniques, eyebrow sculpting and full body hair removal are some of the treatments that will be taught. Students will practice eyelash and eyebrow tinting application.

COSM 44
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will introduce the students to foundations of the art and science of aromatherapy, combined with an over view of the basics of cosmetic chemistry. The course will explore the ethics of sustainable product harvesting and the production of safe, none harmful cosmetic products. The student will build on their skin physiology and product knowledge, to determine product choice and home-care recommendations during the practical facial lab. Further advanced techniques of facial lymphatic drainage enhanced with essential oils will be taught and incorporated into all facials. Opportunity will be facilitated to allow students to practice the art of blending essential oils to create their own products for use in the practical lab.

Co-Requisites
COSM 9
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will practice professional make-up strategies to meet various client needs and expectations. Some of the make-up application techniques include day, evening, bridal, camouflage and fantasy looks.

COSM 3
Units/ Hours: 45

Manicures are one of the most requested services in the Spa industry. Wet and dry treatments, hot stone massage, exfoliants and masks will provide students with a solid learning foundation. All aspects of decontamination nail disorders and diseases are discussed and practiced.

Co-Requisites
COSM 6
Units/ Hours: 75

Discover the latest in pedicure techniques and leading edge skills in nail care from our Master Pedicurist, You will learn to provide traditional pedicures, and medi pedis will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will study foot scrubs, masks, and hot stone treatments in demand in spa care. Nail disorders, disease and contra-indications are a focal point of this course.

Co-Requisites
GNED 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 2

COSM 41
Units/ Hours: 75

This course will build on theory and skills learned in COSM 37 by utilizing advanced skin care analysis, products and machines to meet the needs of clients according to spa industry and Health Canada Guidelines.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
SCIE 112
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will outline the basic functions of the human body in the context of esthetic treatment. Topics will include human biological, physiological and anatomical systems. The importance of how systems affect healthy skin and body will be emphasized, enabling the student to determine when to apply skin treatments or when to refer a client.

Co-Requisites
COSM 45
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will teach the students the practical skills to safely perform relaxation massage in accordance with industry guidelines. The students will learn the definitive differences and scope of practices between esthetic relaxation massage and clinical therapeutic massage performed by registered massage therapists. This will assist in teaching the students what they can and cannot do when it comes to providing massage for clients, and when to refer to massage therapists.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
COSM 4
Units/ Hours: 60

Students will practice nail enhancement techniques with different overlay systems according to professional standards and ethics.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 105
Units/ Hours: 120

Students will be introduced to and participate in the daily business activities of "Essentials: The Spa at Fleming". In this practicum, students will perform introductory esthetic techniques on clients and participate in all aspects of an esthetic business.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

In order to obtain the Indigenous Perspectives Designation, students must choose GNED128 as their Gen Ed Elective in either semester 2 or 3.

Semester 3

COSM 10
Units/ Hours: 60

Students will practice advanced spa body treatments. Treatments include basic relaxation massage, basic aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, scrubs and wraps. Students will compete to create a unique, layered spa body treatment to be used at Ste. Anne's Spa.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
COSM 42
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will teach the students the aspects of the Medical Esthetics field that Estheticians can perform and inform them of the modalities that they will need to recommend to clients and that they will encounter as contraindications to the services they perform. The Oncology component will teach the students what they can and can't do when it comes to clients who have cancer or are being treated post surgeries etc. Skin cancers, hospice care and Aromatherapy are a few of the topics covered.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 106
Units/ Hours: 180

In this second practicum, students will continue to perform spa services on clients; use spa computer software to practice professional receptionist skills; and experience the role of manager in 'Essentials: The Spa at Fleming' according to professional standards, ethics and agency protocols.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BUSN 68
Units/ Hours: 30

The course will examine the functional areas of business including marketing, entrepreneurship, customer relationship management and finance, and their impact on operating a successful spa. Students will develop a detailed business plan to document their blueprint to achieve future business goals and the steps needed to reach them.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

GNED 29
Units/ Hours: 45

This online course explores the experience of nature from the perspectives of film, art, music, popular culture, literature, and personal experience. We will explore our responses to nature as landscape, park, garden, and wilderness, as well as our relationships with animals both domestic and wild.

In order to obtain the Indigenous Perspectives Designation, students must choose GNED128 as their Gen Ed Elective in either semester 2 or 3.