Esthetician/Spa Management

Tuition and Fees

Program Title: Esthetician/Spa Management
Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 4 Semesters
Program Status: Closed

Program Codes
H155 – Kirkland Lake Campus
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.


Program Description
This four semester (2 year) program will provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for a career as an esthetician and spa manager in the wellness industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of business writing, sales and presentation strategies, retail buying, spa finance and day-to-day spa management. Spa and esthetician courses will focus on nail care technologies, facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, cosmetic applications, product knowledge and body treatments, including hot stone massage and aromatherapy.

Career Opportunities
Graduates will be qualified to begin their own spa business, apply for positions that require practical experience and have a range of knowledge in traditional and medical spa treatments.

Contact Information
campbells@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U)
or equivalent or mature student status

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program) have the option of mature equivalency testing to meet the English and Math admission requirements only. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details.

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through our Academic Upgrading program.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets), web search engines and e-mail systems.
  • Students may assess whether or not they meet the computer proficiency expectations for this program by taking the free online assessment at http://northernc.on.ca/assessmenttool
  • WHMIS Certificate (may be obtained at a minimal cost through the College)
  • AODA certificate (may complete via link on Northern College’s main web site)

Student will be responsible for the costs of a mandatory uniform, as well as transportation to and from any outside field experiences.

Semester 1
ES1001 Introduction to Spa Management and Client Service
ES1002 Professional Skin Care
ES1003 Physiology of the Skin
ES1004 Facial Techniques
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
IN1013 Computer Applications

Semester 2
ES1005 Nail Care Technologies
SW2033* Crisis Intervention
ES1006 Personal Care Applications
ES1007 Advanced Facial Techniques
CM2903 Communications II – Model A
NO-TBA (General Education Course – Ontario Learn) Indigenous Identity and Relationship to the Land

Semester 3
MR1033 Introduction to Marketing
ES1008 Cosmetic Applications
ES1009 Spa at Northern Lab 1 & 2
BU2012 Introduction to Business Management (Ontario Learn)
BU1073 Introduction to Business Management and Organizational Behaviour
PS1163* (General Education Course) Developmental Psychology
ES1010 The Medical Spa I

Semester 4
ES1011 Spa Treatments and Therapies
OL-TBD Managing the Retail Workplace
ES1013 Spa at Northern Lab 3 & 4
BU1074 Human Resource Management
ES1014 The Medical Spa II

Semester 1
ES1001 Introduction to Spa Management and Client Service
This course will introduce students to the spa industry and provide knowledge of the historical significance of spas, as well as what the future holds for this rapidly growing industry. Topics include: spa architecture and design, brand recognition, marketing tools to represent your spa to clients, purchasing products, infection prevention and control best practices for personal service settings, equipment and communication systems designed specifically for spas. There is a focus on good business practices; such as, client management, ethics and employee relations.

ES1002 Professional Skin Care
This course familiarizes students with the ingredients used in the production of cosmetic, skin and body-care products as they relate to marketing issues. A survey of generic skin types, cosmetic categories, ingredients and the manufacturing process provides a good basis for developing the students’ knowledge of cosmetic products. Students will have an opportunity to perform a client consultation and make recommendations to their clients based on their skin type and conditions that will not only reveal any contraindications but give you an idea of what the clients’ expectations are of the service.

ES1003 Physiology of the Skin
This course will introduce students to major body systems and their functions to gain the foundation and knowledge needed for all practical spa treatments and application courses. The course covers the basic foundation for understanding the human body and the mechanisms by which the body functions and will prepare students for subsequent courses, such as ES1004, ES1005, ES1006, ES1009, ES1013 and ES1014. Topics include the nervous system, circulatory system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, muscles, joints, bone structure, and a strong emphasis on the structure of the skin and nails. Students will learn how to analyze sin types, diseases, conditions and disorders. Reflexology, basic massage techniques, and aromatherapy will also be discussed while understanding the benefits and contraindications of treatments and techniques.

ES1004 Facial Techniques
Through hands-on learning, students apply the knowledge gained in ES1003 Physiology of the Skin an opportunity to observe and perform a client consultation, and make recommendations to their clients in a 30/60 minute facial based on their skin type and conditions. During this process, students will be able to reveal client contraindications and fulfill client expectations

CM1903 Communications I – Model A
The student will apply the fundamentals of formal oral and written communications for current, practical business and technical communication situations. Specifically, students will be able to identify, correct, describe, demonstrate and/or discuss topics in: Communication Foundations (importance of communications and the communications process and barriers); Grammar Essentials (basic sentence faults such as Sentence Fragments and Run On Sentences); Writing Process (techniques for greater effectiveness); and Business Correspondence (characteristics of well written letters and different letter patterns). In addition, students will demonstrate they can plan, conduct and participate in meetings and prepare for, deliver and explain the parts of effective Oral Presentations.

IN1013 Computer Applications
This is an introductory course in the use of computers in a personal computer (PC) environment. Students will learn to identify and use the basic components of a computer system (both hardware and software). In doing so, they will obtain hands on experience with the operating environment of a PC and essential file management activities. Application coverage includes an introduction to:
• Word processing using Microsoft Word 2010
• Creating electronic presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
• Preparing spreadsheets and related charts using Microsoft Excel 2010
• Web browsing and information retrieval using Microsoft Internet Explorer

Semester 2
ES1005 Nail Care Technologies
This course will provide students with the opportunity to practice nail care skills through practical applications and demonstrations in a lab setting. Students will apply information taught in ES1003 in conjunction with this course and will have the opportunity to perform and practice; step-by-step procedures essential for manicures and pedicures, paraffin treatments, basic hand and arm massage, French manicures, and contamination control and disinfection. This course will prepare students for the subsequent Spa@Northern Lab ES1009 and ES1013 courses. Professional attitude, ethical behavior, client care and cleanliness are stressed, as well as the correct use of spa implements and products. Spa industry standards, regulations, policies, procedures, health, safety, and sanitation and infection control guidelines are practiced. A strong emphasis is placed on the timeliness of services in order to ensure students capability and success in the workplace.

SW2033* Crisis Intervention
The course is designed to provide students in the community services field with fundamental crisis theory that will serve as a basis for assessing, intervening and evaluating resolution of a crisis event. The ABC model of crisis intervention shall be investigated. A six-step model of intervention is also presented along with specific helping objectives in order to guide the student. Recognizing that suicide risk often accompanies a crisis, students will recognize suicide lethality, and acquire specific techniques involved in interrupting a suicide attempt. Prevention measures will also be examined. Developmental crises and crises related to loss, substance abuse, PTSD, child abuse, spousal abuse and sexual assault will be examined. Ultimately, the intention of this course is to prepare the student to help turn the client’s crisis (danger) into the opportunity for personal growth and development.

ES1006 Personal Care Applications
This course is the practical application of information taught in the previous ES1001, ES1003. This course will provide students with the practical experience of performing personal care applications on clients while ensuring privacy and comfort. Students will have the opportunity to address client’s epilation needs and will practice and perform temporary hair removal from the legs, chest, back, underarms, arms, and bikini areas. Students will practice these forms of hair removal under lab technologist guidance and supervision, while understanding the benefits and contra-indications of such treatments and their protocols. Spa industry standards, regulations, policies, procedures, health, safety, and sanitation and infection control guidelines are practiced. A strong emphasis is placed on the timeliness of services in order to ensure students capability and success in the workplace.

ES1007 Advanced Facial Techniques
This course continues the learning and skills gained in the Cosmetic Product Knowledge and Physiology of the Skin courses. Students will gain the skills required for performing 60-minute facials and specialized facial treatments. Students will obtain practical experience in advanced facial treatments using high frequency, galvanic current, suction and vac spray. Proper sterilization and hygienic practices will be emphasized to ensure industry health and safety standards, sanitation, and infection control guidelines are met.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I designed to further strengthen practical written and oral skills presentations. Students are exposed to a variety of learning styles and a variety of job related communication formats including business letters, report writing, employment communications, memos, structured meetings, and formal speaking opportunities.

EL1003* (Ontario Learn)
Students can select a course as their elective pending approval by the Program Coordinator.

Semester 3
MR1033 Introduction to Marketing
This course examines the world of contemporary marketing as well as the factors, which affect marketing practices. In addition, this course includes a review of various marketing tools and strategies used for making key business decisions.

ES1008 Cosmetic Applications
This course has been designed to demonstrate the importance of using professional tools in the application of cosmetics in order to achieve the desired results. Through demonstration and practical assessment, students will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the product knowledge from Cosmetic Product Knowledge, and practical skills of correctional make-up techniques including colour theories and relationships, face, brows, eyes and lip applications.

ES1009 Spa@Northern Lab 1 & 2
Students, under faculty supervision and through participation in the in-school Spa@Northern, continue practicing client services, including manicures, pedicures and mini-facials. Professionalism and customer care are critical to this in school participation. Spa industry standards, regulations, policies, procedures, ethical, health, safety, sanitation and infection control guidelines are practiced. Spa equipment is used appropriately. As well, students are introduced to the administration aspects of client services such as reception, performing bookings, handling accounts, sale of products and marketing. This lab reinforces material taught in first semester and also ES1007, ES1008, and ES1006.

BU2012 Introduction to Business Management (Ontario Learn)
This course covers a wide range of topics that a student should be aware of if they were to start, operate and own or purchase a small business. Such topics include entrepreneurial spirit, a strategic approach to starting the business, source of funding, basic financial management, management issues, government issues, tax advantages and other selected issues of interest to the entrepreneur. Rationale: The purpose of this course is to foster a greater appreciation of the special challenges and opportunities inherent in starting your own business. It is currently estimated that 75% of all graduates will at one time in their career, start or work for a small business. It is important to note that Small business remains to be the largest area of employment growth. Small business is also expected to continue to account for the majority of economic growth in the Canadian economy in years to come.

BU1073 Introduction to Business Management and Organizational Behaviour
This course will consider all ways to recognize organizational behaviour as an important part of everyday life. It will provide the context for understanding Organizational Behaviour in the Canadian workplace and present the many Canadian contributions to the field. It will also emphasize that organizational behaviour is for everyone, from the subordinate employee to the CEO, as well as anyone who has to interact with others within an organization to accomplish a task.

PS1163* Developmental Psychology
This course emphasizes the continuity of development throughout the lifespan. It will focus on the interrelationships among the different stages of the lifespan and among the physical, cognitive, social and personality development. The course will cover the lifespan from the crucial prenatal period through late adulthood, as well as, death and the grieving process.

ES1010 The Medical Spa I
This course will prepare students to explore the rapidly expanding industry of medical spas. Focused on medical practices, the course examines the benefits, features, contra-indications and risks of various laser equipment, microdermabrasion and light therapies. Medical esthetic theories such as Thermage, Fraxel and Vasculite are studied, as are injectable therapies such as Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and collagen.

Semester 4

ES1011 Spa Treatments and Therapies
This course is the practical application of information taught in the previous ES1001 and ES1003 courses. This course, along with the prerequisites, will provide students with the practical experience of performing body treatments and therapies on clients while ensuring privacy and comfort. Students will have the opportunity to address client’s health and esthetic needs and will practice and perform services such as; back facials and body treatments including dry bush and salt glows, massage techniques, aromatherapy, and body and hot stone massage. Students will practice these applications, under lab technologist supervision, while understanding the benefits and contra-indications of such treatments and their protocols.

OL-TBD Managing the Retail Workplace
This course will focus on management practices and leadership skills in retail organizations. This is an opportunity to discuss current trends and issues through guest speakers, case studies and readings. This course will also address the growing pressure on retailers to respond to environmental issues through their product offering and day-to-day retail operation. This course includes key concepts to help prepare students for Retail Council of Canada certification.

ES1013 Spa@Northern Lab 3 & 4
This course will provide students with the opportunity to perform, under lab technologist supervision, all practical aspects of the information taught in previous Esthetician courses. Students will use their knowledge from the previous theory and business courses, and will relate it to practical client services in the lab. These include client services, sterilization and sanitation, and front-line administrative duties. This course will allow students to practice and perfect manicures, pedicures, facials, eye lash and brow tinting and medical treatments. Body treatments and medical procedures, demonstrated by the lab technologist, will be performed and practiced to ensure proficiency in student’s skills and abilities so that they may gain employment in entry-level positions. Professional attitude, ethical behavior, client care and cleanliness are stressed, as well as the correct use of spa equipment, products, and software. A strong emphasis is placed on the timeliness of services in order to ensure students capability and success in the workplace.

BU1074 Human Resource Management
People are one of the major elements in the success or failure of any organization. Those seeking or aspiring to a career in management must develop the skills required to recruit, interview, select, hire, train, promote (demote), transfer, sever, lay-off, recall and retire the employees in the enterprise in which they work.

ES1014 The Medical Spa II
This course will provide students with the opportunity to perform, under lab technologist supervision, all practical aspects of the information taught in previous Esthetician courses. Students will use their knowledge from the previous theory and business courses, and will relate it to practical client services in the lab. These include client services, sterilization and sanitation, and front-line administrative duties. This course will allow students to practice and perfect manicures, pedicures, facials, eye lash and brow tinting and medical treatments. Body treatments and medical procedures, demonstrated by the lab technologist, will be performed and practiced to ensure proficiency in student’s skills and abilities so that they may gain employment in entry-level positions. Professional attitude, ethical behavior, client care and cleanliness are stressed, as well as the correct use of spa equipment, products, and software. A strong emphasis is placed on the timeliness of services in order to ensure students capability and success in the workplace.

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Articulation Agreements – Universities
Program Degree at Receiving University
Massage Therapy Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts Community Health
Paramedic University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Practical Nursing Bachelor of Allied Health Science (Honours)
Medical Laboratory Technician
Pre-Health Sciences Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Practical Nursing University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Lakehead (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RPN Bridging Program
Ryerson (Ontario)
Bachelor of Health Administration Health Information Management or Bachelor of Health Administration Health Services Management
 
Practical Nursing Thompson Rivers (BC)
Paramedic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Massage Therapy  
   

Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.