A.S. in Esthetician

Students completing this degree are educated and trained in the fundamental skills needed to successfully complete and pass the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, Esthetics Examination. The program provides a distinct education in esthetic applications, values, theoretical science and State Board preparedness, which includes, but is not limited to: makeup design, training in electrical modalities, hair removal, facials for specific skin types/conditions and proper sanitation and disinfecting procedures. The course also provides interpersonal interaction with clients and other students.

The focus is on personal satisfaction, study/learning skills, trained applications/procedures, and professionalism; skills useful to become a successful licensed technician ready for an entry-level career in the field of esthetics.

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Esthetician A.S. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate intermediate/advanced skills for application of products, procedures and
    modalities at a level appropriate to enter the esthetic workplace as well as pass their California
    State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, Esthetics examination.

This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful completion (grades of "C" and above) of the following major requirements:

Required courses:
ESTH 140Esthetician I8
ESTH 141Esthetician II8
ESTH 142Salon Success - Full-time3
or ESTH 144
ESTH 145
Salon Success Part I - Part-time
and Esthetician Salon Success Part II
Total Units19

1.5-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ESTH 140 Esthetician I 8
ESTH 141 Esthetician II 8
Winter Term 1
ESTH 142 Salon Success - Full-time 3
Spring Term 1
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
MATH 160
Mathematics for Everyday Living - A Liberal Arts Course
or Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
KIN 118
Meditation and Mindfulness
or Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
Summer Term 1
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of the African-Americans to 1876
or History of the African-Americans since 1876
or History of Women in the United States
or American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
Fall Term 2
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
ENGL 290
Ethnic Voices in Film
or Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
or Literature of the Bible
or American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts
or Great Religions of the World
or Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
ANTH 212
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
and Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab
Winter Term 2
BUS 130 Introduction to Business 3
Spring Term 2
ITIS 130 Microcomputer Applications I 4
ACCT 101
Financial Accounting
or Financial Accounting - Honors
ECON 101
Principles of Macroeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
BUS 132
Business, Ethics and Society
or Business Communications
 Total Units66

 Note: Course selections may affect total unit value.  

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.