Esthetics/Facial Specialist

The Esthetician Program prepares students for a career as a Skin Care Specialist.  The recommended courses of study are designed to meet licensure requirements established by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation. 

Program Outcomes

  • Model professional and ethical behavior. 
  • Practice all sanitary and safety measures that protect individual and public health. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all barbering skills. 
  • Prepare to pass the state board requirements. 

Career Information

An esthetician specializes in providing a range of treatments and services to improve and maintain the health and appearance of the skin. Estheticians typically work in spas, salons, medical clinics, or dermatology offices, offering personalized skincare treatments tailored to their clients' individual needs and concerns. These treatments may include facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, and other skincare services aimed at addressing issues such as acne, aging, hyperpigmentation, and sensitivity. 

In addition to performing skincare treatments, estheticians also educate clients about proper skincare practices and recommend homecare routines to enhance and prolong the benefits of professional treatments. They assess clients' skin conditions, concerns, and goals, and provide personalized advice on skincare products, ingredients, and techniques suited to their specific needs.  


Cosmetology - Esthetician - Barbering Information Fall 2024
Orientation: August 21, 2024, at 10 am in the Cosmetology Building
(Mandatory for all New Students)

Student Handbook (Online)

The Student Handbook contains general guidelines, procedures, policies, and information specific to Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Cosmetology Program and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations requirements.

Cosmetology Registration Fee

All Cosmetology Students must be registered with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation by the first day of class. The $25 registration can be paid for at the business office or the students can bring in cash or debit cards. Mrs. Smith will register them at that time. A copy of your receipt is needed for the first day of class.


You are required to have two pictures (1 ½ x 1 ½) for your TDLR permit. Your TDLR permit is documentation of your registration into the program.

Immunization Requirements:

Tb Skin Test (within the last 6 months) Submit this information to the instructor by the first-class day.

Supply Kits:

Below is the cost for each of the program kits.  You will need to purchase the kit and pay the fee at the business office.  Bring your receipt to receive the kit.  This needs to be done as soon as class begins.

  • Cosmetology Phase I Kit Cost: $620.00
  • Cosmetology Phase II Kit Cost: $325.00
  • Barbering Kit Cost: $550.00

Support Material – LSCPA Online Bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

  • Milady’s Standard Cosmetology & Foundations Textbook Bundle and the Cosmetology Theory Workbook – 14th Edition
  • Milady’s Standard Esthetics & Foundations Textbook Bundle and Esthetics Theory Workbook – 12th Edition
  • Milady’s Standard Barbering Textbook and Theory Workbook – 6th Edition

Dress Code

Each student is required to adhere to the dress code policy set by the LSCPA Cosmetology Program and the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation.

Every student must be in uniform BEFORE clocking in and remain in uniform until clocking out.

Dress code requirements are as follows:

All Black Unisex Scrub Top, Pants & Lab Jacket
Shoes: Tennis Shoes (any color) or Work Force
Hair: Neat and presentable daily. (You are your biggest advertisement)
Nails: For safety and sanitary precautions, all nails should be of average length, no longer than the end of the finger.


Lamar will provide the Cosmetology, Esthetician, & Barber students with the opportunity to make up any days missed every Friday. (9 am -2 pm), (Dual enrollment students 9 am - 11 am, and 12 pm – 2 pm). This will give the student time to make up any Lab/Skills assignments missed. Absences must be made up before the end of the semester. Depending on the number of absences, students will receive an Incomplete with the option to make them up the following semester.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur mandates the completion and passing of all Cosmetology courses with a “C” or better to attain the knowledge and skills needed to pass your state board exam.

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation mandates the completion and passing of all the registered modules (courses) to receive credit hours to be eligible to take the state board exam. Students must be in attendance to receive credit.

Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Semester
CSME 1248 Principles of Skin Care 2
CSME 1421 Principles of Facial & Skin Care Technology I 4
CSME 1445 Principles of Facial & Skin Care Technology II 4
Second Semester
CSME 2251 Preparation for the State Licensing Practical Examination 2
CSME 2343 Salon Development 3
CSME 2531 Principles of Facial & Skin Care Technology III 5
Total   20

How long does it take to complete the esthetician/facial specialist program? 

The esthetician/facial specialist program takes one year to complete. 

What type of license/certification is needed? 

Students must complete the program of study and then take both a written esthetician exam and a practical (hands-on) exam. Once successfully completing both parts of the exam, the student will receive a license issued by the TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations) to practice as an esthetician in the state of Texas. 

What are the main responsibilities of an esthetician/facial specialist? 

An esthetician/facial specialist is responsible for proficiency in performing facials, including cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration.  Estheticians must also possess knowledge and perform various facial techniques such as European facials, deep-cleansing facials, and anti-aging treatments. 


What are the continuing education requirements for estheticians/facial specialists? 

Continuing education requirements vary by state, but many states require licensed estheticians/facial specialists to complete a certain number of continuing education hours to renew their licenses. These courses may cover topics such as sanitation, new techniques, and industry trends. 

What challenges do estheticians/facial specialists face in their profession? 

Challenges in the esthetician/facial specialist profession include physical demands such as standing for long periods, managing client expectations, staying updated with industry trends, and maintaining a steady flow of clients. Estheticians/facial specialists also need to manage the business aspects of their work, such as scheduling, inventory, and marketing. 

What is the difference between an Esthetician and a Cosmetologist? 

Estheticians and cosmetologists are both licensed professionals in the beauty industry, but they have different areas of expertise and focus in their practice. 

Estheticians specialize in skincare treatments and focus on improving and maintaining the health and appearance of the skin. They are trained to perform a variety of skincare services, including facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, and body treatments. Estheticians assess clients' skin types, concerns, and goals to develop personalized treatment plans and provide expert advice on proper skincare practices and homecare routines. Their work often involves addressing specific skincare issues such as acne, aging, hyperpigmentation, or sensitivity, using professional-grade products and techniques to achieve optimal results. 

On the other hand, cosmetologists specialize in hair care, makeup application, and nail care services. They are trained to cut, style, and color hair, apply makeup for various occasions, and provide manicures and pedicures. Cosmetologists may also offer additional services such as hair extensions, scalp treatments, or hair removal. While cosmetologists may have some knowledge of skincare and may offer basic facial treatments, their primary focus is on hair and nail care services. 

In summary, estheticians specialize in skincare treatments, while cosmetologists focus on hair care, makeup, and nail services. Both professions require licensure and training, but they have distinct areas of expertise within the beauty industry.  

What kind of salary can I expect? 

According to O*NET online, an esthetician/facial specialist has a bright outlook and the local salary is typically $20-22 an hour. Other areas of the state have a slightly higher salary range. 

Sheila Guillot, Chair 
Business and Industrial Technology 
(409) 984-6381

Amanda Smith, Program Coordinator
Cosmetology Building, Office 116
(409) 984-6402

Sherry Lejeune, Instructor
Cosmetology Building, Office 111
(409) 984-6507

Carla Santos, Adjunct Instructor
Cosmetology Building, Office 111
(409) 984-6402

Carla Santos Garcia, Adjunct Instructor 
Esthetician/Facial Specialist 
(409) 984-6418

Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society 
Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP)

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