What Does an Esthetician Do?


What is an Esthetician?

An Esthetician is a skincare specialist that helps cleanse and beautify the skin and body to enhance the condition and appearance of their client’s skin.


What does an Esthetician do?

An Esthetician may perform a variety of duties, some of which may include:

  • Assess and evaluate the condition and appearance of their clients’ skin.
  • Cleanse a client’s skin, oftentimes using water, lotion, or creams.
  • Demonstrate to clients how they can properly care for the skin and provide recommendations on skincare.
  • Select and apply cosmetic products and advise clients of makeup types and application.
  • Provide skin treatments such as facials, masks, and peels.
  • Remove body hair.
  • Provide facial massages.
  • Keep records of client services, needs, and preferences.
  • Sterilize equipment and maintain a clean and tidy work area.

Where can Estheticians work?

Estheticians (once licensed) may work in a variety of settings such as salons, beauty spas, health spas, dermatology offices, department stores, cruise ships resorts or representatives of a product line


How much do Estheticians make?

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What’s the difference between a Cosmetologist and an Esthetician?

A cosmetologist is someone who has went to school to study the application of various beauty treatments for hair, nails, and skin. Many cosmetology programs will focus primarily on cutting and styling hair while providing students with a basic foundation in other skills such as nail care, skincare, and make-up application.

An Esthetician is someone who has specifically went to school to study and train in treatments to care for and beautify the skin.

In the State of Michigan, these two occupations carry separate (and different) licensure requirements, so as you are considering your career in the beauty industry, it is important to determine which path may be best for you.

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How to Become an Esthetician


How do you become an Esthetician?

In the State of Michigan, in order to become a licensed Esthetician, one has to complete no less than 400 hours of training either in a licensed school of cosmetology or as an apprentice for not less than 6 months in a licensed cosmetology establishment where skin services are rendered. Once a candidate has completed their training, they must take and pass a practical and theory exam. For additional information on how to become a licensed Esthetician in the State of Michigan, you can visit the Michigan Board of Cosmetology website.


How long is Esthetician school?

In the State of Michigan, those who wish to pursue a career as an Esthetician must complete at least 400 hours of training from a state-approved program. At Dorsey College, our Esthetician program is 440-hours and it is designed to be completed in just 26-weeks.


How long does it take to become an Esthetician?

The length of time it will take to become an Esthetician will be based partly on when (and how quickly) you complete your training program and successfully pass your licensure examinations. It isn’t unreasonable, however, for someone who wants to become an esthetician to train for their new career and become licensed in under a year.


How do you become a licensed Esthetician?

In order to obtain employment in the State of Michigan as an Esthetician, licensure is required. You can read about the specific requirements to obtain your Esthetician license by visiting the Michigan Board of Cosmetology website for more information. The first steps of becoming a licensed Esthetician is obtaining your Esthetician training and passing your state licensure exams.

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The Dorsey College Esthetician program


What is covered in the Esthetician program?

The Esthetician program at Dorsey College includes a variety of topics including:

  • Scientific Knowledge
    • Training in skin pathology
    • Microbiology
    • And knowledge of the muscles, bones, and nerves of the face, neck, and shoulders
  • Artistic Principles
    • Eyelash enhancement
    • Cosmetic color therapy
    • And corrective makeup
  • Hands-On Training in skills such as
    • Facials
    • Body treatments
    • Wraps
    • Rejuvenation therapies
    • Chemical peels
    • Hair removal
    • …and more!

How long is the Esthetician program?

The Esthetician program at Dorsey College is 440-hours and it is designed to be completed in less than a year.


How much is the Esthetician program?

Tuition and fees for a student to complete the Esthetician program can be found by visiting our Student Consumer Information page. To calculate the total cost of education, including indirect costs of room and board, personal expenses, transportation costs and loan fees associated with the cost of attendance, go to the Dorsey College Cost of Attendance page.


Which Dorsey College campus offers the Esthetician program?

The Esthetician program is offered at the following Dorsey College campus location:

 

Dorsey School of Beauty, located in Taylor, MI, is a sister school of Dorsey College.  Dorsey School of Beauty in Taylor, MI is institutionally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).  To learn more about Dorsey School of Beauty Taylor, you can click here.


How do I enroll?

If you are interested in enrolling in the Esthetician program at Dorsey College, the first step you should take is meeting with one of our Admissions Representatives. Request information online and a member of our team will be back in touch with you shortly. You can read more about our Admissions process and program-specific admissions information on our Admissions information page.


Does your program include licensure?

Dorsey College’s curriculum is designed to prepare students to sit for the State of Michigan licensure examination, which is administered only by the State of Michigan. Students who complete the Dorsey College Esthetician program are eligible to sit for the State of Michigan licensure examination. Students also focus on preparation for the State exam, as part of the Esthetician program curriculum. In order to assist our graduates, Dorsey College will pay the cost one time for graduates of the Esthetician program to challenge the state licensure exam, contingent upon the graduate meeting Dorsey College’s exam preparation requirements.  Dorsey College has determined that its Esthetician program curriculum is sufficient to fulfill educational requirements for licensure in the State of Michigan only. No educational determinations have been made for any other state, district or US territory in regards to licensure requirements.


Will your program prepare me for licensure?

The Dorsey College Esthetician program is designed to prepare students to go on to challenge a licensure exam.


Is your school accredited?

Yes, you can read more by visiting our Accreditation page.


Can you help me find a job after graduation?

Dorsey College offers Career Services assistance to all eligible program completers; however, job placement is not guaranteed by Dorsey College. You can learn more about the assistance our Career Services team offers by visiting our Career Services for Students and Graduates page.

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