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Esthetics Program

Esthetics Program Overview

The Esthetics staff at San José City College are some of the most passionate and well-trained staff in the nation.



In addition to weekly classes, many full-time instructors have private practice. Students can enroll in the program either for the fall or the spring semester. Most students complete the program in two full semesters with an optional summer session.

The Esthetics Program is a full-time program. Because SJCC is a community college funded by the state, we can provide this comprehensive education at a fraction of the cost of private schools. Students pay $46 per unit.

Students enrolled in the SJCC Esthetics Program have the opportunity to receive instruction in the areas of waxing, facials, back treatments, and makeup skills. After completing the program, students can earn a Certificate of Achievement.

In addition, SJCC graduates acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exam. To be eligible for the State license, students must complete 600 clock hours in an educational institution approved by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology.


Department Contacts


2100 Moorpark Avenue
Cosmetology Building
Secpond Floor, Room C202

San José, California 95128

When visiting the School of Cosmetology, you can park in Lot "H." If you have any questions about the programs, please enter through the main double doors and go to the front desk on the second floor

Information & Enrollment


  • All students need to be 18 of age prior taking State board.  
  • We do require 10th grade level or equivalent education to be consider for this program. 

Steps to apply:

  • Complete and submit program application to the Esthetics Program. This is separate from the general SJCC application for admission.  
  • Due to high demand for the program, the Esthetics Program maintain a waitlist of students who are interested in enroll into the program. You must fill out and submit to the Esthetics Program.  
  • Complete application can be emailed or mailed to: 


Esthetics Program  
San Jose City College  
2100 Moorpark Ave,  
San Jose, CA 95128  

To schedule a tour before enrolling in the program, please get in touch with the front desk at 408-288-3766 and make an appointment.

Applications for the Fall semester are processed in April and the Spring semester in October. Eligible applicants will receive an email with instructions and a deadline for their intent to enroll. Please make sure to update any changes to your phone, email, or address in the program.

Complete SJCC application for admission and submit it either in person or online. To be eligible for admission, you must be at least 18 years old or have one of the following:
  • High School Diploma
  • General Education Degree (GED)
  • High School Proficiency Certificate
For further information about admission process, you can contact the following departments:
  • Admissions and Records Office 408-288-3700
  • Counseling 480-288-375
  • Assessment (Placement Test) 408-288-3170
  • Financial Aid 408-288-3741

You will be notified by email about our mandatory Open House.  


Esthetic Services

Common Challenges for students

  • Students who are not truly passionate about a career in esthetics may find the academic commitment challenging.  
  • This is a full-time course for serious students with homework, projects, presentations, mid-terms and final exam.  
  • Students are only allow 3 absences of any kind, including illness per semester.

The Esthetic Program is an intense full-time program with a fast-moving curriculum that requires considerable student commitment. Consider your personal and work schedule before applying to the program.


Spa Services

SJCC Esthetics Program is inviting you to experience skin care services and products from our professional skin care clinic operated by our students.
In addition to facials, our students also perform waxing, eyebrow arching, paraffin head treatment and daytime makeup application.
Appointment Times:
Wednesday & Thursday 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
Clients can call for an appointment :
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm,
Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Phone number:  408-288-3766
We look forward to serving you!
Spa Services