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Esthetics Program

Esthetics Program Overview

The esthetics staff at San José City College are among the most passionate and well-trained in the nation.



In addition to weekly classes, many of our full-time instructors have private practices. 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. As SJCC is a state-funded community college, we can offer this comprehensive education at a fraction of the cost of private schools. Students pay $46 per unit.

Students in the SJCC Esthetics Program receive instruction in waxing, facials, back treatments, and makeup application. 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 years of age prior to taking the state board exam.  
  • We require a 10th-grade level or equivalent education to be considered 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, the Esthetics Program maintains a waitlist of students interested in enrolling. You must fill out and submit to the Esthetics Program.  
  • The completed application can be emailed or mailed to:


Esthetics Program  
San José 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 (408) 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 passionate about a career in esthetics may find the academic commitment challenging.  
  • This is a full-time course for serious students, involving homework, projects, presentations, mid-terms, and a 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 perform waxing, eyebrow arching, paraffin head treatments, and daytime makeup application.

We reserve the right to refuse or terminate service at our discretion.

Completion of a client intake form is required before services begin. Services will not be provided in the absence of a signed form.


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!

Methods of Payment

Cash is not accepted
Credit Card Only, No Refunds
Methods of Payment

No Show Policy

After missing two scheduled appointments without giving advance notice, we regret to inform you that we are unable to reschedule another appointment for the rest of the semester. Our students have limited opportunities to practice their skills, and no-shows or last-minute cancellations limit their ability to gain experience.

We understand that emergencies can occur, so please call us at (408) 288-3766 as soon as possible so we can either reschedule your appointment or assign our student to another client.

We appreciate your cooperation and hope to serve you in the future.