Join a growing industry in the world of skin care. Beauty comes from within - it truly does. Beautiful skin is a sign of a healthy body. Come, learn the fascinating skills it takes to be an Esthetician, or skin care therapist.

CCCC was the first community college to teach Esthetics in the state of North Carolina. Our program was started in 1999 when the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology passed into law a requirement that Estheticians be licensed in the state of North Carolina. CCCC's Esthetic program is in the top 20 Esthetic programs in the state.

Central Carolina Community College combines theory, or classroom knowledge, with hands-on clinical practice. Students start their educational foundation with classroom work and then apply their acquired skills in a simulated salon environment.

CCCC's certified instructors will teach students the fundamentals of skin care including facials, waxing, makeup, lash extensions and tinting, and body treatments.

Be introduced to the latest technologies available in the field. Not only do we teach the basic State Board requirements, but also offer more advanced training than any other program. We have multiple skin care lines so that you learn ingredient knowledge that can be carried to whatever product line you may work with in your career. We have various chemical peels, suited for all the different skin types desiring advanced exfoliation. We offer Microdermabrasion, and Microcurrent along with High Frequency and Galvanic Current.

Not only will you be performing services on clientele but you will also have the opportunity to work on classmates. Which means you will also receive services at no additional cost, and this includes even the top of the line skin care products. We are a Dermalogica Partnership School.

CCCC's Esthetic Instructor's goals are not only to provide you with the knowledge needed to pass both the theory and practical exams required by the State Board of Cosmetology, but also the skills to be competitive in the market.

Estheticians have a wide range of available job opportunities to include, but not limited to, working in Spa's, Cosmetic surgeon's office, Laser hair facilities, Dermatologist's office, as Makeup artists for film, theatre, and TV, and as Product Representatives for makeup, skin care lines, or skin care equipment.

The program can be completed in either one or two semesters with 640 hours of class offered at the Lee Main Campus. State Board requires 600 hours completed for licensure. Part time students attend class Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is a two semester class that begins every August and is completed in May. The full time class runs Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a one semester class that is offered in August, graduating students in December, and also starting in January, graduating students in May.

What Students Learn

Students successfully completing the Esthetics Program will be able to:

  • Apply all infection control rules set by the state board
  • Apply Esthetics concepts
  • Demonstrate Esthetics services in a simulated spa setting

Mission Statement

To ensure maximum student learning in all classes, programs, and extracurricular activities, and to do so in a manner that is both fair and respectful to students, faculty, staff, and to other organizational units internal and external to the institution.


Central Carolina Community College Cosmetic Art Program locations are licensed schools under the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.