Esthetician Program

This program is approved by
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paseo Road Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260

The Esthetician program is designed to provide entry level skills to students interested in a career in the Esthetics industry. California State law requires that persons enrolling in the Esthetician courses must be at least sixteen years of age. Students in the Esthetician program will be required to comply with and maintain standards of dress and grooming. Excessive absences may result in exclusion from the program. All prospective students are required to attend an orientation program.

Milady’s Standard Esthetician Book Pkg. - Approximately $325.00
Esthetician Burmax Kit - Approximately $675.00 (will be delivered to class on first day of school)

Address: Career Technology Center V -building 1081 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Contacts: Sudie Phillips, M.Ed. Department Chair and Professor,

Kim Czerwonka, Professor, Cosmetology/Esthetician Department,



All program add codes are required for continuing students for spring, summer and fall semesters. Course work from other Cosmetology programs will not clear City College course work. New students can start mid semester every fall, spring and summer. Program vacancies are filled by students. Students are required to purchase all textbooks, uniforms, practical kits, tools and small manually handled equipment.


The Esthetician Program is offered only on a full-time basis: Monday–Friday 7:30am–4:30pm. The course can be completed in two eight-week segments (one semester).

State Board Verification: Students with previous course hours in Esthetician from another community college program must provide written State Board documentation. The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology requires 600 hours of instruction for Esthetics, and requires a passing score on the State Board examination to become licensed and eligible for employment. Students participate in practical and theoretical training under the supervision of a State-licensed and community-college-credentialed instructor at all times while enrolled in the program.


Students are expected to learn fundamental practices and procedures services. This includes laboratory instruction in client esthetician services. Instructional opportunities provide the student with salon site visitation, guest speakers, exposure to the cosmetology industry, small business concepts and current changes in the field of Esthetics which lead to career opportunities and advancement. Students are provided with opportunities to develop skills in sales, community and client relations, as well as salon management.

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in order to advance in the course sequence.


Examples of careers in Esthetics include: Spa owner/manager, Esthetician, product line inventor, Instructional Educator (teacher), Makeup Artist, platform educator (demonstrates products and techniques for manufacturer), technical writer for trade magazine, Esthetic Consultant, cosmetic consultant, makeup artist for theatre, film and/or television, medical esthetic assistant, manufacturer representative for skin care, cosmetics or esthetic equipment industry.


Upon successful completion of the Esthetician program the student will be able to: >

  • Apply Esthetician concepts, procedures and practices to successfully pass the State Board Examination.
  • Practice safety, health, and sanitation procedures as set forth by the California Bureau of Cosmetology/Esthetician.
  • Utilize professional practice terminology and techniques as required by the California Bureau ofCosmetology/Esthetician examination.
  • Perform all practical applications required for the state board examination/state licensure.
  • Explain basic Esthetician concepts, terms and definitions.
  • Compare and contrast Esthetician procedures and practices.
  • Apply esthetic products and procedures in providing services to clients.