Student applying facial treatment to a spa visitor

Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 30-502-3
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Aesthetician Diploma

wc-school_seal_blue-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.

Employment opportunities include day spas, salons, resorts and fitness centers.

Additional program details: Instruction includes consultations; skin analysis; anatomy and physiology of the skin; effects of aging, skin diseases and disorders; facial and body treatments; benefits and use of machines; makeup techniques; color analysis; advanced techniques of microdermabrasion and chemical exfoliation; creating a business plan; and the study of Wisconsin laws, safety and sanitation.

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

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) BARCOS-101 Introduction to Guest Services: Professional Practices ‡ 2
(1) BARCOS-108 Facial Treatments ‡ 3
(1) BARCOS-109 Hair Removal Treatments ‡ 1
(1) BARCOS-317 Barber/Cosmetology Theory 1
(1) BARCOS-330 Business Management Skills for Barbers/Cosmetologists 2
(1) BARCOS-355 Spa Sciences ‡ 3
(2) BARCOS-102 Guest Services 2: Spa Operations ‡ 3
(2) BARCOS-104 Spa Treatments ‡ 3
(2) BARCOS-106 Advanced Makeup Techniques ‡ 1
(2) BARCOS-107 Advanced Spa Treatments ‡ 1
(2) BARCOS-110 Aesthetician Board Prep ‡ 2
(2) ENG-340 Workplace Communication 2



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
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2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Perform consultations and skin analysis
  • Perform facial and body treatments
  • Perform hair removal services
  • Perform microdermabrasion and chemical exfoliation
  • Recommend products to clients
  • Demonstrate makeup application
  • Utilize electrotherapy techniques
  • Adhere to professional standards
  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities include day spas, beauty salons, resorts, hotels, fitness centers and cruise ships. With additional training and licensing, you could become an independent contractor, a salon/spa owner or aesthetician instructor. 

Possible Careers

Skincare Specialist
Makeup Artist
Aesthetician Instructor/Educator
Cosmetics Representative
Cosmetic Chemistry/Product Development


This program is being developed as a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


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Admission Requirements

  • Must attend the Aesthetician Program Orientation to register for courses.
  • Currently licensed aestheticians may be eligible for advanced standing.
  • Graduates of the MATC Cosmetology technical diploma program who plan to complete this Aesthetician program may transfer credits from duplicate courses.



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


Community & Human Services Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/21/2020