Dalton Institute of  Esthetics ​and Cosmetology Esthetician Program

Esthetician Program


Esthetician Program

The Esthetician program (1000 hours) consists of theory and practical training in the art and sciences of facials, make-up applications, body treatments, hair removal, retailing, equipment care, hygiene practices, and general business management. It also allows students to acquire necessary skills through practical applications developed under the supervision of the school’s instructors.

Course Required Hours Completed

Courses Required Hours
Theory 250
Theory Sciences  320
Sanitizing & Disinfection  5
Body Treatment  70
Facials 115
Make-up 90
Hair Removal  75
Spa/Salon Management Desk 75
Total Hours required  1000


1. To develop knowledge, understanding, skill, and appreciation in the theory and operation of esthetic arts & sciences.

2. To engage in optimal sanitation routines during routine practice to protect clients

from unnecessary exposure to harmful microorganisms

3. To master skin care equipment and chemicals for optimal client care.

4. To understand detailed client assessment techniques for an individualized approach to care

5. To help the student prepare for the state board examinations to obtain a license to practice.

6. To prepare students for entry-level jobs in their professional careers.

Course Format/Instructional Methods

Our instructors use lectures, visual aids, games, guest speakers, competitions, etc., to present the course materials. This hybrid online/on-campus program consists of 350 online and 650 physical contact hours. Once the student reaches 250 hours of instruction, he/she can begin working on live clients on the clinic floor. The program follows a strict week-by-week sequence of instruction. This course prepares the student to pass the state board and excel in the beauty industry. 

Grading System

Student Academic Progress (i.e., evaluation on theory, practical, and clinical work will be evaluated throughout the program and reviewed at specific clock hour mid-points specific to each program. Each student is expected to achieve a minimum grade point and attendance average of 70%. The grading system shall be: 

100 - 90% A (Excellent)
89.9 - 80% B (Above Average)
79.9 – 70% C (Satisfactory)
69.9% D Below F (Failing).

Student grades will be calculated based on a combination of theory and practical exam scores earned in each unit of study.

Graduation Requirements

(i) documented attendance for the total hours of instruction contracted in the program under state law requirements.

(ii) have an overall GPA of 70% or above.

(iii)Tuition contract and course costs are fulfilled (payment plan established, if necessary. 

Physical Demands

It could consist of sitting or standing and using hands and arms for long periods. 

Safety Requirements

Estheticians must be knowledgeable and aware of possible electrical hazards. They must be able to read and follow the manufacturer's directions for using all chemicals and be aware of necessary precautions and procedures to avoid dangers to the client and their skin.

Certified CPR training is suggested. 

Earnings Potential

The US Department of Labor states that the average salary for entry-level Estheticians is $40,790.00. Statistics from the US Department of Labor show a % expected growth of 34% in this field.

Licensing Requirements

Once the course is completed, you must have 2 picture IDs and a money order for $109.00 to be submitted to PSI, Inc. so that a test can be scheduled. The graduate is then sent a letter from the testing agency, which informs him or her of where and when the test is scheduled based on the noted preference when the form was submitted. Once the test is completed, the results are sent to the graduate, the board, and the school

Required Courses

Course Name Hours Chapters Covered
ESTH 100
Introduction to the Beauty Industry
(*online only)
 40 Foundations 1, 2, 3, 4
Fundamentals 1
ESTH 120
Introductory Sciences
(*online only)
 80  Foundations 5, 6, 7
Fundamentals 2, 3
ESTH 130
Skin Disorders
 40  Fundamentals 4, 5, 6
ESTH 140
Facial Treatments & Massages
 90 Fundamentals 7, 8, 9
ESTH 200
150 Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications
ESTH 210
Facial Devices
35 Fundamentals 10
ESTH 220
Make-Up Techniques
90 Fundamentals 12
ESTH 230
Hair Removal Techniques
70 Fundamentals 11
ESTH 240
State Board Exam Introduction 
25 N/A
ESTH 300
150 Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications
ESTH 310
Advanced Topics 
30 Fundamentals 13
ESTH 320
150  Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications
ESTH 330
State Board Prep Business Skills (*Online Only)
50 Foundations 8, 9, 10


Esthetician Curriculum

SOC Code: 39-5094 | CIP Code: 12.0409

Level 1

Instruction shall be provided by a licensed master cosmetology instructor or licensed esthetician instructor. Each school or licensed instructor shall require each student to obtain two hundred fifty (250) total theory hours of Level 1 training before the student performs clinical services on a client. Of these two hundred fifty hours, one hundred fifty (150) shall be Professional Practices, twenty (20) shall be Professional Ethics, and eighty (80) shall be Business Practices. For the purposes of this Rule, one (1) theory hour equals one (1) clock hour for the first 250 hours of training, which are intended to be theoretical in nature.

1. Professional Practices = 150

150 theory hours / 150 clock hours

(i) bacteriology, cleansing and disinfection;

(ii) personal hygiene;

(iii) public health and safety;

(iv) EPA, OSHA, chemicals, infection control standards, and blood spill procedures;

(v) AIDS, HIV, and communicable diseases;

(vi) methods; and

(vii) facility hygiene, clean-up applications and procedures.

2. Professional Ethics = 20

20 theory hours / 20 application/clock hours

(i) professional attitude; and

(ii) personal image.

3. Business Practices = 80

80 theory hours / 80 clock hours

(i) State Board Rules and Laws;

(ii) esthetician salon development;

(iii) business insurance;

(iv) client records;

(v) confidential ethics;

(vi) medical record keeping;

(vii) write your resume; and

(viii) the job interview.

Level 2

Service application hours on patrons may begin when a student has completed two hundred fifty (250) theory hours in the above curriculum, with a minimum passing score of seventy-five percent (75%). After completing two hundred fifty hours of Level 1 training, the student may progress to the clinic floor to perform 750 required Level 2 service application hours on a live subject. The Level 2 service application curriculum shall be as follows:

1. Sciences = 320

320 service application hours); shall include instruction by a licensed esthetician instructor in the following subjects:

(i) histology of the skin:

(I) cell; and

(II) tissue.

(ii) dermatology and physiology:

(I) structure of the skin and glands;

(II) functions of the skin and glands;

(III) conditions and disorders of the skin;

(IV) physiology of color; and

(V) morphology.

(iii) Theory:

(I) medical terminology;

(II) medical charting;

(III) clinical cleansing and disinfection;

(IV) patient psychology;

(V) customer service;

(VI) advanced skin analysis/diseases; and

(VII) camouflage make-up.

2. Cleansing and Disinfection of Tools, Implements, and Equipment = 5

5 service application hours / 10 applications

(i) implements (brushes, tools, and skin care implements) – (3 service application hours / 6 applications);

(ii) facial stations, beds and equipment – (1 service application hours / 2 applications); and

(iii) hair removal and waxing stations – (1 service application hour / 2 applications).

3. Body Treatments = 70

70 service application hours

(i) massage – (25 service application hours / 25 applications);

(ii) wraps – (15 service application hours / 15 applications);

(iii) cellulite – (10 service application hours / 10 applications);

(iv) aromatherapy – (10 service application hours / 10 applications); and

(v) reflexology – (10 service application hours / 10 applications).

4. Facials = 115

115 service application hours

(i) spa facials – (75 service application hours / 75 applications);

(ii) machine facials – (30 service application hours / 30 applications); shall include the following:

(I) client consultation and skin analysis;

(II) cleansing;

(III) manipulations;

(IV) toning;

(V) preop therapy – 5 service application hours / 10 applications; and

(VI) postop therapy – 5 service application hours / 10 applications.

5. Make-up = 90

90 service application hours

(i) client consultation and skin analysis – (20 service application hours / 40 applications);

(ii) application – (30 service application hours / 30 applications);

(iii) contouring – (10 service application hours / 20 applications);

(iv) color accent – (10 service application hours / 20 applications);

(v) camouflage make-up – (10 service application hours / 10 applications); and

(vi) eye lash tabbing and strips – (10 service application hours / 20 applications).

6. Hair removal = 75

75 service application hours

(i) lip, chin, face (tweezing, waxing, threading) – (10 service application hours / 20 applications);

(ii) leg waxing – (20 service application hours / 20 applications);

(iii) bikini waxing – (10 service application hours / 20 applications);

(iv) torso, back, and arm waxing – (10 service application hours / 20 applications); and

(v) brow arching and shaping – (25 service application hours):

(I) brow tweezing and threading – (10 service application hours / 20 applications);

(II) brow waxing – (10 service application hours / 20 applications); and

(III) brow lashing and tinting – (5 service application hours / 10 applications).

7. Spa/salon management = 75

75 service application hours

(i) front desk;

(ii) marketing: business, client, product;

(iii) managerial responsibilities;

(iv) client retention and tracking;

(v) business management;

(vi) business record management; and

(vii) profit and loss statement management.

Graduates in this industry have gone on to work as an esthetician in a salon or spa; they can become a retail specialist, a platform artist, make-up artist, a school owner, a salon owner, industry representatives, etc. (Please note that no job can ever be guaranteed).