Aesthetician Skin Care Therapist

woman getting a facial treatment

Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-502-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Aesthetician Skin Care Therapist Degree


Learn advanced aesthetic topics including spa wellness (oncology aesthetics, aromatherapy, reflexology and Reiki Master), advanced hair removal (full body/Brazilian), advanced exfoliation (dermaplaning, layered chemical peels and HydraFacial), lash extensions, microblading, lash/brow tinting, threading and aesthetic machines. Get hands-on learning at Skyn – the Spa at MATC Mequon, the state-of-the-art facility located on campus. 

Steady job growth for skin care therapists is projected over the next 10 years. 

Additional program details: Courses follow established Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services safety and sanitation practices.

In addition to tuition and textbooks, students will need to purchase a tool/equipment kit.

Related Programs

Student applying facial treatment to a spa visitor


Learn advanced skincare techniques and work with clients at Skyn – the Spa at MATC Mequon, the state-of-the-art facility located on campus. This program is in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. You will become eligible to take the state board aesthetician licensing examination, and work in upscale spas or alongside medical professionals.

Cosmetology program pic


Use your talents to work in the cosmetology profession. This program, which is in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, can be completed in one year to 18 months, including attendance in summer. Graduates are eligible to take the state board licensing examination.

Detailed Program Information

2022 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BARCOS-101 Introduction to Guest Services ‡ 2
BARCOS-104 Spa Treatments ‡ 3
BARCOS-108 Facial Treatments 3
BARCOS-117 Salon Ecology/Decontamination 2
BARCOS-155 Spa Science Fundamentals 3
BARCOS-156 Spa Sciences 2 - Product Chemistry ‡ 3

Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡ 

BARCOS-102 Guest Services 2 ‡ 3
BARCOS-106 Advanced Makeup Techniques ‡ 1
BARCOS-107 Advanced Spa Treatments ‡ 1
BARCOS-109 Hair Removal Treatments ‡ 1
BARCOS-110 Aesthetician Board Prep ‡ 2
BARCOS-114 Business Fundamentals 4
MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course

Oncology Aesthetics

BARCOS-112  Intro to Energy Healing (Reiki I and II) 1
BARCOS-113 Advanced Exfoliation 1
BARCOS-115 Advanced Hair Removal 1
BARCOS-116 Skin Care Machines in the Treatment Room
(or) BARCOS-118 Introduction to Product Development

Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course


Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course

BARCOS-119 Aromatherapy in the Treatment Room 3
BARCOS-120 Energy Healing (Reiki Master) 1
BARCOS-121 Lash Extension Techniques 3
BARCOS-122 Advanced Brow Techniques 3

Introduction to Reflexology
(or) BARCOS-124 Product Development


Thinking Critically and Creatively
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course




‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Program Outcomes

  • Perform consultations and skin analysis
  • Perform facial and body treatments
  • Perform hair removal services
  • Demonstrate makeup application
  • Utilize electrotherapy techniques
  • Perform microdermabrasion and chemical exfoliation
  • Demonstrate retail techniques
  • Recommend products to clients
  • Adhere to professional standards
  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills
  • Incorporate Reiki, aromatherapy and reflexology in services
  • Perform microblading and lash services
  • Develop a product line

Career Outlook

This associate degree program offers students the opportunity to learn advanced techniques that can help increase employability and potential income. Graduates may be hired to work in upscale spas or alongside skin-care medical professionals.

According to Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., the job outlook shows steady job growth for skin care therapists over the next 10 years. With additional training and licensing, graduates could become independent contractors, salon/spa owners or aesthetician instructors. 

Possible Careers

Skin Care Specialist
Makeup Artist
Beauty Magazine Contributor 
Aesthetician Instructor/Educator
Cosmetics Representative
Medical-Spa (medical office, under a physician’s supervision)
Cosmetic Chemistry/Product Development
State Board Examiner
Lash Specialist
Brow Specialist 
Reiki Master
Wax Specialist


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Admission Requirements

  • Must attend the Aesthetician Program Orientation to register for courses.



This program is in compliance with the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety
and Professional Services, 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, WI 53705;


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Last updated: 12/26/2021