The Full Spectrum in Esthetics Training

How many of you have graduated from esthetics school feeling like an expert? Do you remember your first skin care consultation? Did you feel a little intimidated? Have you ever been disappointed in the results your client had after you so expertly assured her that the results would be amazing? If the results aren't what you expected, do you know why?

Aspiring skin care specialists begin the esthetics program with the admirable goals of finding a fulfilling career in a day spa, resort, salon or skin care and cosmetic sales. Some want to get involved in medical esthetics, plastic surgery or work in a dermatology office or medi-spa. Unfortunately, practitioners are finding that existing esthetic programs just scratch the surface in learning about the skin and how to treat it effectively and safely.

State regulations, defining the guidelines for professionals to legally use and treat patients with all technologies and modalities, have not been able to keep up. Consequently there has been a lot of confusion about what should be delegated by the physician, what kind of education is required to perform certain treatments and who is legally able to perform these treatments. As a professional, you need more. Your clients need more.

Some states are now focusing on defining or redefining the role of esthetics. Washington has passed a law requiring a two-tiered licensure for estheticians that goes into effect January 2015.  In addition to increasing the hourly education requirements for basic estheticians, from 600 hours to 750 hours, Washington will require Master Estheticians have 1200 hours of education. Only a Master Esthetician will be able to perform laser treatments and do medium depth chemical peels. There is a doorway now for currently licensed estheticians to be grandfathered in and become Master Estheticians. The state is requiring 75 hours of laser training and 7 hours of chemical peel education. Specifics about those will be determined soon after upcoming public hearings. More information on those hearings here:

The Oregon Board of Cosmetology, Oregon Medical Board and other related agencies are planning to hold joint committee meetings to discuss changes to Oregon’s laws regarding esthetics, specifically laser treatments. They are working to define the blur between esthetics and medicine.

No one wants to come to work and find the crew from 60 Minutes in the parking lot. These changes are being enacted to protect the consumer and give ethical and reasonable guidelines to the professional. Consumers place their trust and their money into the hands of an esthetician or nurse. And as professionals, we want to perform treatments legally and competently.

Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute is an accredited program in Washington and Oregon for licensed estheticians and licensed nurses who want to work in medical esthetics and who are serious about becoming skin care experts. The program is designed from the experience of CEO and instructor, Mary Nieslon, who has worked as a nurse, esthetician, technician and laser educator. Nielsen has over 30 years in the healthcare industry including co-owner and technician at Flourish Skin and Laser; clinical trainer for Cutera lasers; LPN in a multi-specialty surgical practice in which she was instrumental introducing lasers and aesthetics leading to an expansion of the practice to two locations.

An advisory board of well-respected professionals in the field keeps the program content relevant, thorough and very current. Additionally, Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute is accredited by the NCEA. The NCEA is the only US accrediting body, validating the education and experience of estheticians to a standard level of competency. Students graduating from the 90 hour program will receive a certificate in advanced aesthetics, lasers and chemical peels ready to work under the direction of a physician in a medical spa, dermatology or plastic surgery office. They will be knowledgeable and confident in making assessments, making skin care recommendations and determining appropriate treatments as well as performing those treatments as a contributing member of the skin care team.

Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics is enrolling students now for a working adults program. Classes run for six weeks and scholarships are available. For more information, visit or phone 360-719-2688.