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Esthetics and Spa Therapies

Esthetics and Spa Therapies

Focus on all aspects of the esthetics profession in a therapeutic environment.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist


Use your creative and caring nature to enhance the wellness and beauty of others. Using the latest ingredients, equipment and technologies, you'll gain an understanding of all aspects of the esthetics profession in a practical and therapeutic environment.

Using the latest ingredients, equipment and technologies, you learn:

  • Air brush make-up
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body care and treatments
  • Diabetic and advanced foot care
  • Hair removal
  • Lash lifts
  • Lash extensions
  • Nail care
  • Skin care

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Emergency First Aid, CPR Level A. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements

  • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in a salon/spa setting.
  • Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice.
  • Some evening/weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates may be employed as estheticians in spas, resorts, wellness centres and health and fitness centres.
  • Graduates may also find employment as technicians or consultants in retail sales, supply companies and the fashion industry.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is recognized by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS). Graduates are eligible to complete the Association's Cosmetologist (Esthetics) licensing exam.
  • You learn from experienced instructors who are dedicated to ongoing professional development and maintain their involvement in provincial and national competitions. Industry experts are brought in regularly to enhance your learning.
  • Our Esthetics Lab is set up to simulate a real esthetics spa; your practical training begins on classmates and progresses to spa clientele.
  • Continue your studies at university this program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • To work as an esthetician in Nova Scotia, students are required to pass an examination administered by CANS. To be eligible for the exam, you must have accumulated 1,500 hours of theory and practical instruction, and successfully completed all components of the program.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
COSM 1002   Bacteriology/Infection Control
COSM 1210   Salon Accounts Manager
ESTH 1001   Professional Development
ESTH 1003   Nail Anatomy
ESTH 1004   Natural Nail Care and Artificial Nails
ESTH 1005   Epilation I
ESTH 1021   Product Chemistry
ESTH 1022   Natural Sciences and Nutrition
ESTH 1023   Facial Treatments I
ESTH 1027   Makeup Artistry I
ESTH 1060   Esthetic Skills Lab I
ESTH 1260   Esthetic Skills Lab II
ESTH 1266   Work Experience
ESTH 2013   Facial Treatments II
ESTH 2015   Epilation II
ESTH 2017   Makeup Artistry II
ESTH 2018   Body Care
ESTH 2019   Foot Care
ESTH 2023   Facial Treatments III
ESTH 2028   Alternative Therapies
ESTH 2029   Aromatherapy
ESTH 2030   Sustainable Strategies for Entrepreneurs
ESTH 2160   Esthetics Skills Lab III
ESTH 2260   Esthetics Skills Lab IV
ESTH 3050   License Preparation
ESTH 3360   Esthetics Skills Lab V
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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