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Overview

For more than 20 years, Seneca College has been an industry leader in the Education of Estheticians. This hands-on Certificate program provides the practical skills and knowledge to build your career. Our facilitators are current professionals within the industry providing students with up-to-date industry knowledge and innovation. Students will learn Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Facials, Microdermabrasion, Light Therapy, Shellac, Chemical Peels, Hot Stone Massage, Anti-aging treatments and much more.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

A variety of challenging career opportunities exist in the spa industry for graduates. Employment is available in esthetic salons, skin-care centres, on cruise ships, with dermatologists and plastic surgeons or with distributors of esthetic products and equipment. Many students become self-employed estheticians.

Entry Requirements

In order to achieve success in this program, students must be able to speak, read and write in English. A minimum of Grade 12 English is recommended. Students for whom English is a second language: it is highly recommended that English Assessment and Placement test be taken and the required English courses be completed to develop their language skills.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

COS820
Basic Esthetics
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This course introduces students to the chemistry of various products designed for and used by estheticians. Nutrition as it relates to the skin, hygiene and bacteriology. Students learn the steps required to set up an esthetic salon and it's day to day operation.




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COS810
Skin Theory, Analysis and Facial Procedures
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Prerequisite(s):

COS820 (may be taken concurrently)

This course examines the structure and function of the skin, bones, and muscles of the face and neck as they apply to advanced esthetic practice. Students study the principles of facial care, analysis of the skin and its characteristics, skin problems and disorders. Theory is continually integrated with practical work.




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COS823
Manicure
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This course provides students the knowledge to perform a variety of professional manicure techniques. This will include hand and arm massage, exfoliation techniques, and paraffin treatments. Students will learn to perform a regular polish, French polish, and colour gel application (SHELLAC/OPI). Anatomy of the hand/arm is taught as well as best practices in sterilization and infectious control in relation to manicuring.




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COS824
Pedicure
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This course provides students the knowledge to perform a variety of professional pedicures. This will include feet massages and exfoliation techniques for feet (addressing problem skin areas on the feet). Students will learn to perform a regular polish, and French pedicures, as well as colour gel application (SHELLAC/OPI). Anatomy of the foot/leg is taught as well as best practice in sterilization and infections control in relation to pedicures.




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COS830
Facial Massage/Masque Procedures
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Prerequisite(s):

COS810 and COS820

This course introduces students to the techniques for facial massage and masque procedures as well as the study of the lymphatic system. Theory classes cover the history of massage. Various types of facial massages techniques are introduced. Basic aromatherapy and uses of essential oils are integrated during facial.




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COS835
Hair Removal
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Student learn the structure and function of hair growth patterns. Waxing methods used in both facial and body hair removal are practiced. Depilatory products are introduced. Contra-indications for specific applications and products are studied.




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COS855
Specialized Skin Treatments
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Prerequisite(s):

COS810, COS820 and COS830

Corequisite(s):

COS855 and COS865 can be taken concurrently

Through the use of innovative technologies and products, students will learn to perform and customize advanced specialized skincare treatments to treat various skin types, conditions and aging skin. Field trips may be arranged.




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COS865
Body Treatments
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Prerequisite(s):

COS810, COS820, COS830, and COS855. Students must present a valid Standard First Aid Certificate prior to Graduation.

Corequisite(s):

COS855 can be taken concurrently

Students are introduced to professional body treatments, client consultation and body care recommendations for clients. Basic aromatherapy and the study of the lymphatic drainage system, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems as they pertain to body treatments performed by the Esthetician in a clinic/spa environment are covered.




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*A valid Standard First Aid and CPR level C Certificate is required prior to graduation (minimum 16 hours).
**To be eligible to begin the first class of COS810, you must first complete an Immunization Record form (available at the Continuing Education Office). Return the completed form directly to your instructor. You may not attend class prior to providing documentation.

Related Courses Required

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CPR911
Standard First Aid / Basic Rescuer BLS - C CPR
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This course is designed for individuals interested in learning about how to deal with common medical emergencies including choking and cardiac arrest for the infant, child and adult. It is recommended for those pursuing career goals in Medicine, Nursing, Law Enforcement, ECE and PSW. Emphasis is placed on recognition of the signs and symptoms of common medical emergencies to ensure appropriate care for the casualty. This course consists of both theory and practical based learning and is taught to the standards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (Health Care Provider) and/or Toronto EMS, and should be taken as one of the last courses prior to graduating.




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Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Program Contacts

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant
Maria.Graziosi@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x22512


Donna Mouliakis
Part-time Program Coordinator
Donna.Mouliakis@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x26776


Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
Barbara.Pimenoff@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x24019


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.