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Skin Care Programs

With the skills, instincts and relationships you’ll build here, it’s an education that will last a lifetime.

Inspiring Beauty

Our programs balance science and artistry, so you’ll love what you’re learning, whether you hope to become a makeup artist or aspire to specialize in skin care. The support you’ll get, from teachers and peers alike, is the best motivation to follow your dreams.

  • A diploma in as little as 7½ months
  • Convenient Day and Night classes that fit your life
  • 1,000s of jobs available across the country
  • An innovative, practical curriculum of esthetician training programs
  • Accomplished instructors and faculty to guide your development
  • A client-centric approach that teaches you how to respond to individual client need
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

Learn from the best

Our faculty are some of the stars of the industry—they don’t just teach, they lead innovation in skin care and make up artistry education—so you’ll get both a very hands-on education and the inspiration to make it your own.

  • Taught by practicing industry experts
  • Well-rounded curriculum, from essentials to advanced programs and specialties like anti-aging protocols or paramedical skin care
  • Makeup artistry from the everyday to high fashion, theatrical, body art and more
  • Practical preparation for state licensing exams

Our holistic curriculum, for 360˚ learning

FIND CLASSES THAT FIT YOUR LIFE

Whether through the day, evenings or weekends.

An affordable path to success

Cortiva Institute helps in every way we can to knock down financial roadblocks.

  • Extensive financial aid options and in-house loans for those who qualify
  • Automatic membership in professional
    organization offering exclusive scholarships for Cortiva Institute grads
  • Free liability insurance through membership
  • Student licensure and testing fees covered where required
  • Access to thousands of employers who prioritize our graduates for interviews
  • A growing list of employers who offer tuition reimbursement

The beauty of continuing education

Your license is just the beginning: the more you continue to learn, the more you’ll thrive.

Our continued-learning programs evolve with industry trends to carry you throughout your career—from the skills you’ll need to expand your practice, to strategies that grow your business.

FAQS

Classes start Soon!

Full and Part Time classes may have different hours and start dates, but classes typically start approximately every 5 to 10 weeks depending on location. enroll now

Yes. All of our campuses and programs are accredited. The accreditation agencies vary by school. Each school is accredited by either ACCET, ACCSC, or COMTA.

Some of our campuses accept students who do not have a GED or High School Diploma if you can show the ability to benefit from the program.

Your HS Diploma or GED status may affect Financial Aid eligibility.

We offer full time and part time classes. Depending on the licensure requirements in the state where you intend to practice, they can vary slightly in length.

On average, our Professional Massage Therapy programs are 7 ½ to 12 months in length.

Our Skin Care programs vary by region and can be as short as 6 ½ to 12 months in length.

Hands on training plays a critical role in the development of Massage Therapists and Skin Care Specialists which is why our classes are offered only in person at our campuses nationwide. enroll now

There are no prerequisites for our Professional courses. Most of the advanced courses require prior completion of the Professional courses.

Yes! The Public Clinic portion of training allows students to gain practical experience.

Yes! Services are offered on a walk-in or appointment basis and are available weekdays and weekends depending on location.

Generally speaking, a license is required. Licensing requirements vary by location and are set by local and state licensing boards.

Yes. In fact, Cortiva also covers the costs of your first licensure exam once you graduate.

While we can’t place you in a job, we do give you all the opportunities and support possible to help you find your own. Our Career Services assistance starts when you are a student and does not stop even after you graduate. From your first job to your last job in the industry – whether you need help tomorrow or ten years from now – we’re here to help you succeed.

You are welcome to call us at 877-826-8367 to schedule an admissions tour. enroll now

Our National Admissions Team can help you over the phone with the enrollment process as well as help with questions about relocation. They can be reached at 877-206-2640. enroll now

While we do not offer dorms or official student housing, our staff can help you search for potential housing options.

Pay rates vary across the many different massage therapy and skin care fields.

You can find details about a career in Massage Therapy at:
https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9011.00

You can find details about a career in Skin Care at:
https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-5094.00

Your out of pocket costs can vary depending on which campus, what program you are interested in, and the types of Financial Aid you may qualify for.

Yes, Financial Aid is available for most programs, for those who qualify.

An easy admissions process

It’s simple because we make it all about you:

  • You tell us your needs, goals and aspirations
  • We create an individualized experience and schedule for you
  • You join our supportive, inspiring
    community of students just like you

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“CORTIVA WAS THE BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. THANKS TO THE SUPPORT I RECEIVED HERE, I AM NOW A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR WITH MY OWN SKINCARE BUSINESS.”

 Danecha’ Mckisset

Danecha’ Mckisset
Licensed Esthetician
Cortiva Institute Graduate

“THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS YOU CAN DO AS A LICENSED ESTHETICIAN — AND 7 ½ MONTHS IS A BLINK OF AN EYE. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? GO FOR IT.”

Jennifer Hanyok

Jennifer Hanyok
Licensed Esthetician
Cortiva Institute Graduate

“BECAUSE OF CORTIVA MY ENTIRE LIFE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY IN JUST ONE YEAR. WITHIN A WEEK OF GRADUATION I WENT FROM MAKING VERY LITTLE MONEY TO EARNING A LOT.”

Danielle Rayburn

Danielle Rayburn
Licensed Esthetician
Cortiva Institute Graduate

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