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Submitter's Information


Francisco Gamez


Dean, Business and Technology


Bay Area


College of San Mateo

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Program Details

Program Title


Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Cosmetology and Barbering (300700)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

This 600-hour Esthetics Program prepares students for California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensure. In this curriculum, students study theoretical understanding and knowledge as it relates to basic sciences and esthetics practices; perform hands-on manipulative skills as demonstrated on clients in CSM’s skincare treatment lab, while strictly adhering to the California State Board of Cosmetology’sHealth and Safety rules, laws, and regulations; identify the many career opportunities associated with esthetics; and prepare for employment in the esthetics industry by gaining relevant entry level and some advanced skills.

Enrollment Completer Projections

We anticipate an enrollment of approximately 40 students in the first academic year

for the Certificate of Achievement in Esthetics. Of those, based on historic persistence rates, we expect at least 30 students will apply for the certificate each academic year.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

Upon completion of certificate requirements, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of skin care treatments, skin care products, and electrical facial modalities and devices. They will also be able to recognize skin disorders and diseases, common skin conditions, and causes of excessive hair growth, as well as determine whether clients can receive skin care services from a licensed skin care specialist or should be referred to a dermatologist. Students will perform skin care services safely, following the California State Board of Cosmetology’s health and safety rules, laws, and regulations. They will expertly explain advanced skin care treatments, identify how to safely use chemical exfoliations and peels, and understand lash and brow tinting, perming, and their applications. The certificate will also prepare students for the California State Board of Cosmetology’s written esthetician exam, help them identify career opportunities, and prepare them for employment in the skin care industry.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

To earn a Certificate of Achievement in Esthetics, students must complete 20specified units, respectively, that prepare them for entry-level jobs, such as Esthetician, skin care specialist, makeup artist, hair removal technician, cosmetic product developer, and independent contractor with all skills developed in the program

A projected undersupply of prospective candidates in community college programs to fill esthetics roles currently exists. There is a labor market supply gap in the Bay region with1,697 annual openings for the Esthetician occupational cluster and 586 annual(3-year average) community college awards for an undersupply of 1,111 students.

There are six community colleges in the Bay Region issuing 221 awards on average annually(last 3 years 2019-2022) on TOP 3007.00 – Cosmetology and Barbering. In the Min-Peninsula Sub-Region, there are two community colleges that issued 54awards on average annually (2019-2022) on this TOP code. In the Mid-Peninsula Sub-Region, there is also a gap with 365 annual openings and 162 annual (3-year average 2019-2022) community college awards for an annual undersupply of 203 students.

 One Bay region college, Skyline College, is in the immediate service region for CSM and offers an esthetician program that produces 36 awards annually (last 3 years; 2019-2022). Four additional colleges in the Bay Area region, Laney, San Jose City, Gavilan, and Solano also offer esthetician programs under the same TOP Code 3007.00 -Cosmetology and Barbering, which produce approximately 167 awards annually(last 3 years) in total. College of San Mateo intends to meet the identified regional labor market demand by contributing to the number of student completers who are prepared to directly enter the workforce.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
ESTI 760Esthetics Fundamentals10S1
ESTI 761Advanced Esthetics10S2

Supporting Documents

Bay Area Regional Questions

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Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
Skyline College has an Esthetics program in our service area. We have been in contact with their Dean, Michael Kane, and the Cosmetology Faculty Coordinator, Cassidy Ryan-White who are supportive of CSM developing and implementing an Esthetics Certificate of Achievement. The Esthetics program at Skyline is impacted with waitlists, so CSM's program will help alleviate the enrollment pressure point and meet the needs of students in the service area.

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03/08/24 - 04:25 PM



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