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Passionate about enhancing the appearance and skincare of others so they can feel their best? Ready to receive advanced training and become a highly desirable skincare specialist? Discover our unique curriculum that blends both European techniques with American technology.

Our Esthetics Programs

Bellus Academy offers comprehensive esthetician programs at our Poway, Chula Vista, and El Cajon, California, and Manhattan, Kansas locations. Our extensive program elevates industry standards by using premium products and offering in-depth education and training on the rejuvenation and care of the skin. Our professional industry educators 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.

Estheticians are at the cutting edge of treatments for the face and body, working in salons, spas, and medi-spas and establishing their own businesses. Best of all, estheticians are in high demand, and that demand is predicted to grow by 14% over the next ten years.

Bellus Academy is proud to be selected as the first U.S. School to partner with CIDESCO, recognized as the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Esthetics, to offer a specialized certification in Skin Care, helping students refine their core skills, gain hands-on experience, and achieve licensure.

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

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

Premier Education

Students enrolled in esthetician training with Bellus Academy learn the best in European techniques while utilizing the latest American technologies. Working closely with industry experts, our future estheticians gain competency with the tools of the trade included in their professional student kit.  Our curriculum provides personal iPads to access our online education portal “The Lab” and engage in social learning.

Prior to graduating, our Career Services team meets with our students to help build interview skills, explore career opportunities and design a resume to get you closer to your dream job. Need support paying for school? Financial aid is available for eligible students to help finance their education.


California Campuses

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

  • Esthetics: Offering 600 hours of training as mandated by the California Licensing Board, our 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 featuring internationally acclaimed Make-Up Designory (MUD) curriculum. In addition, this program will provide you with the technical skills desired by employers to work on fashion shoots, runways, TV, movie sets and so much more. Upon completion you will lead a professional photo shoot to display your artistic expertise!

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. In addition, the curriculum includes the prestigious CIDESCO training to equip our students with a exclusive skin care certification that is recognized globally. Students will also gain familiarity with the history of esthetics and CA 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 1300-hour program builds on Esthetics with 300 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, client relations, and more.

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Your Future Awaits

Whether you’re exploring career options or ready to pursue an entrepreneurial venture, Bellus Academy’s Esthetics programs will help you design a fulfilling and 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.

Join a Growing Industry!

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

Bellus Academy is proud to be selected as the first U.S. School to partner with CIDESCO, recognized as the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Esthetics.

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Top Job Placement

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

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Business & Marketing Training

Bellus offers specialized training to foster your development as an entrepreneur and help you build a thriving business!

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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 where they've showcased their talent and won!

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We're Tech Savvy

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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Top Educators

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

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Externships

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 and are involved in our community, supporting various causes and giving back 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, exclusive invitation to industry events and the opportunity to apply for advanced education scholarships.

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Adrianna

Cosmetology

“The teachers were amazing! Without Bellus, I wouldn’t have the rewarding life I have today. School was something I looked forward to every single day. I can’t believe I have a job that I love going to every day.”

- Adrianna
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Jonyse

Esthetics

“My life has changed so much. Within eight months of graduating, I now own a successful wax bar. I am forever grateful for the great education I received at Bellus Academy.”

- Jonyse
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Clare

Massage

“For the past year I have been working on super-yachts in Spain as a massage therapist for billionaires and have loved every second of it! I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bellus’ training and expertise.”

- Clare
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Kelsey

Nails

“I love how hands-on the nail program is at Bellus. I am a visual and hands-on learner and I appreciated the time and focus on my advancement throughout the program. I would definitely recommend Bellus Academy to anyone interested in beauty and wellness education, especially the nail program!”

- Kelsey
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Jessica

Make-Up

“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.”

- Jessica
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man shave

Barbering

“As a cosmo crossover, the Barbering Program was not only an excellent way to brush up on the basics, but also the best way to take my career to the next level. The staff was so helpful in every aspect and I highly recommend the program.”

- Johnny
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Financial Aid

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Flexible Schedule

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