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Our Esthetics program offers comprehensive and professional training in many aspects of the skincare industry. We blend European techniques with American technologies to ensure our graduates can compete internationally. The Bellus esthetician school will help you start the career of your dreams.

Bellus advanced esthetics programs can prepare you for the career you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you want to work in luxury spas, medical spas, brow bars or be a business owner yourself—Bellus Academy gives you the option to customize your education with these newly revamped advanced programs.

In 2018, Bellus Academy also became the first U.S. School to offer a CIDESCO USA Skin Care and Body Therapy Certificate Curriculum. To learn more, please click here. 

Please note that each location offers a unique catalog of programs and required hours will vary.

Esthetics –
Poway, CA
El Cajon, CA
Esthetics –
Manhattan, KS


Esthetics 600 hours

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Estheticians are at the cutting edge of treatments for the face and body, working in salons, spas, and medi-spas and going into business for themselves. Best of all, estheticians are in high demand, and that demand is predicted to grow by 14% over the next ten years. To prepare expert estheticians for these exciting careers, Bellus Academy offers training programs with the prestigious CIDESCO USA Skin Care and Body Therapy Certificate Curriculum to help you develop core skills, gain hands-on experience, and achieve licensure.

Our Esthetics Programs

Bellus Academy offers comprehensive esthetician programs at our Poway, Chula Vista, and El Cajon, California, and Manhattan, Kansas campuses. Our industry pro instructors utilize a proprietary teaching system that engages students with visual, verbal, written, and hands-on learning to prepare you for licensing with your state’s regulatory board and a successful career.

California Campuses

Those enrolled at our Poway, El Cajon, or Chula Vista campuses may choose from the following programs:

  • Esthetics: Providing 600 hours of training as mandated by the California Licensing Board, the Esthetics program covers the core competencies required of estheticians, including facials, hair removal, and makeup application. Students will receive essential health and safety training, as well as business and communications skills that address salesmanship, professional ethics, decorum, record-keeping, and more. Additionally, eligible students may participate in community service and/or off-site learning.
  • Esthetics 102: This program of study combines 600 hours of esthetics training with 150 hours of makeup artistry education via the Make-Up Designory (MUD) curriculum. Students will learn skin analysis, color theory, application techniques, men’s corrective makeup, body makeup, special effects, airbrush makeup, and more. The curriculum also includes professional development skills, such as service, sales, homecare, networking, and more.

Students enrolled at Poway, or El Cajon may also choose:

  • Esthetics 103: Designed for those seeking work in luxury spas and medi-spas, Esthetics 103 expands on the 600-hour esthetician program with 300 hours of advanced training in face and body wellness modalities, eyelash extensions, brow enhancement, hair removal, and exfoliation. Students will also gain familiarity with the history of esthetics and state regulations.

Kansas Campus

Our Manhattan, KS campus offers esthetician training in compliance with the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. Available courses include:

  • Esthetics: Requiring a minimum of 1000 hours to complete, the Esthetics program provides extensive training in skin anatomy, physiology, analysis, and consultation. Students learn to perform core services, including cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, masque therapy, massage, and more with basic facial equipment. Coursework includes training in infection control and equipment safety, plus relevant state laws. Additional training addresses more advanced treatments, including makeup application, body treatments, microdermabrasion, LED, microcurrent, hair removal, and more. Finally, students receive 50 hours of training focused on their unique needs and interests.
  • Esthetics 102: This 1150-hour program builds on Esthetics with 150 hours of makeup training in the Make-up Designory (MUD) curriculum. Students will learn the essentials of color theory and application, as well as special effects, airbrush, and other advanced techniques. The course also includes professional development instruction, including marketing, networking, and more.

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Esthetician Study at Bellus Academy

Students enrolled in esthetician training with Bellus Academy learn the best in European techniques while utilizing the latest American technologies. You’ll work closely with industry experts as you gain competency with the tools of the trade in your student kit and serve real clients in our on-site clinic. Students also have access to The Lab via program-provided iPads for engaging social learning.

Once you’ve completed your studies, our Career Services team will help you build interview skills, ready your resume, and explore job opportunities, supporting you from the first day of classes to the first day on the job. Need help paying for school? Financial aid is available for eligible students to help finance their education.

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Whether you’re exploring career options or a budding entrepreneur, Bellus Academy’s esthetics programs will help you build a successful future. To learn more, contact us online to speak with an admissions counselor. If you’re ready to get started now, apply online today.


Average job growth rate for most U.S. occupations 7%
Estheticians 14%
(U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2018)


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Why Choose Bellus?

Travel the World

We offer International Certification (ITEC) which allows our graduates to work in 38 countries around the world.

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Our career services team and student mobile app make finding your dream career so much easier.

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Classes that prepare you to own a business and market yourself.

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Our Reputation

Bellus is the most awarded beauty and wellness institution in the country and Intercoiffure recently ranked us the #1 beauty school in North America!

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Compete in Competitions

Our students have a history of succeeding at national student competitions including TrendVision and America’s Beauty Show.

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Our app gives 24/7 access to academics, attendance and job postings. Select programs offer social learning on iPads, which are included in the student kit.

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Exam Prep

All of our programs include a mock state board test to prepare you for the state license exam and our kits include the state board kit and licensing fees.

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We invest in our educators to ensure that they are trained in the latest industry techniques and trends.

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Our relationships with high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. (CA campuses only)

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We Give Back

We have an undeniable passion for humanity. Our schools are honored to give back and participate in community events while utilizing our technical skills.

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Multiple License Programs

Bellus is proud to offer combined courses that allow you to enroll in one program and graduate with multiple credentials.

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Alumni Benefits

We give our graduates access to job postings, the opportunity to attend campus events and alumni scholarships for advanced education.

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“The program and educators in Make-up Artistry are exceptional. The curriculum was so well designed that each day I couldn’t wait to get to school and begin the next step in learning high-end makeup. I feel very comfortable after taking this class to apply for a job anywhere in makeup, including a Hollywood studio, theater, photography or in a high-end salon and spa.”

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