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Advanced practice (AP) esthetician training must consist of a board-approved curriculum of 500 hours that includes items B to E. A prerequisite for the training is completion of the esthetician or cosmetologist training at a board-licensed school within the past five years or an active Minnesota license as a cosmetologist or esthetician.

A combined esthetician and AP esthetician program approved by the board may be offered to any student and must include both the esthetician training and advance practice training.

There will be theoretical instruction in the following: advanced cell histology of the skin; lymphatic system; wound healing; skin classification systems; dermatological disorders and terminology; advanced practice skin care treatments; chemistry and biochemistry of product ingredients and modalities; electrical and light energy; client consultation with skin classifications and medical history; infection control; and health and safety.

There will be clinical instruction in the following:

skin analysis;

client consultation;

dermaplaning or a machine exfoliation service;

chemical peels to include alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acids, and blended acid peels;

electrical energy services to include services using direct current, indirect current, sound energy, and light energy;

advanced facial treatments using lymphatic drainage and advanced extractions;

skin needling; and infection control and safety procedures.


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Esthetician training must consist of a course of training of at least 600 hours.

The first 120 hours must be preclinical instruction in the theory of sciences of anatomy, dermatology, and chemistry as related to skin care; infection control; safety procedures related to the practice of skin care; and Minnesota statutes and rules that pertain to the regulation of the practice of skin care; student orientation; and elementary service skills. Elementary service skills must be limited to the observation of an instructor demonstration, or student-to-student application of basic services related to esthetics.

There will be instruction in applied science and skills in the procedures of cosmetic care of the skin, client consultation and skin analysis, applications of facials and makeup, and waxing.

There will be planned clinical instruction and experience of 200 hours in the applied sciences.

Each student must complete at least 60 facials, 40 makeup applications, and 20 face waxes and 20 body waxes with one-half of all waxes being hard waxes, and one-half of all waxes being soft waxes.

There will be instruction in business practices and in the Minnesota laws regulating those practices and labor relations.