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Esthetics & Spa Therapies

Esthetics & Spa Therapies

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+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 Seats available

Program Overview

Use your creative and caring nature to enhance the wellness and beauty of others. Understand 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
  • Brazilian bikini wax
  • Diabetic and advanced foot care
  • Hair removal
  • 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 & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is recognized by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS). Graduates are eligible to complete the Association's provincial exam to earn a Cosmetologist (Esthetics) license to practise in Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates may be employed as estheticians in esthetics spas, day spas, resorts, wellness centres and health and fitness centres. Opportunities for employment are not limited to salon/spa work. Graduates may find employment as technicians or consultants in retail sales, supply companies and the fashion industry.
  • Upon successful completion of provincial licensing examinations, graduates of this program who meet the requirements of the CANS licensing board will be eligible for a license to practise esthetics in Nova Scotia.

Other Info

  • Alternate Intake – This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Our Esthetics Lab is set up to simulate a real esthetics spa. Your practical training begins on classmates and progresses to spa clientele.
  • Success in this program demands a strong work ethic and effective time management skills.
  • To work as an esthetician in Nova Scotia, students are required to pass an examination administered by CANS, covering both practical and theoretical competencies. To be eligible to take the examination, students must have accumulated 1,500 hours of theory and practical instruction and successfully completed all components of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the CANS exam, students receive an Esthetics License to practise in Nova Scotia.

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

Additional Graduation Requirements

Emergency First Aid,CPR Level A
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development

Next Steps

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