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Preparing students for a career in skin care at Aesthetic Science Institute September 9, 2009

Aesthetic Science Institute (Syracuse, NY)

Aesthetic Science Institute (Syracuse, NY)


Looking for a new career? Consider a career in the rapidly growing field of highly trained licensed professional estheticians. With locations in the Syracuse and Albany areas, Aesthetic Science Institute (ASI) is a private New York State (NYS) Licensed aesthetic school which includes skincare, makeup, body treatments, waxing and a host of advanced continuing education courses.

New York State requires 600 hours of training to become a licensed esthetician.  Full-time classes start 3 times per year and can be completed in 4 months.  Part-time classes start two times per year can be completed in about 10 months. Graduates of ASI are employed at doctors’ offices, spas and salons.  By working with local employers, the school has a high success rate in assisting graduates in getting jobs.  Some graduates are even offered highly competitive positions before they graduate.  ASI’s website features a job posting section to match job openings with highly trained candidates.

Students of every age attend ASI, though the typical student age range is late the 20’s through the late 40’s. Class sizes are intimate – the instructor to student ratio is never more than 12:1.  Most classes fill quickly and it’s not uncommon for students to be waitlisted for enrollment.  ASI is the only aesthetic school in the Central New York area; the nearest school is located in Rochester, NY approximately 90 miles away, making ASI a very sought after program.

Tuition and fees currently total $8,100 per student and financing is available.  ASI partners with two local agencies.  CNY Works is a local, not-for profit corporation who connects job seekers, employers, and training services.  The agency may fund all or part of the ASI tuition for candidates involved in their job-seeking program.  ASI also works with The Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) program to place students.

The classroom at ASI

The classroom at ASI

At ASI, students spend about half their time in the classroom learning the theory of skin care.  The other half is spent in the clinic practicing their newly learned skills on clients.


Reception Area - Aesthetic Science Institute (Syracuse, NY)

Reception Area - Aesthetic Science Institute (Syracuse, NY)

Clients are welcomed in the reception area of the school and are instructed to complete a very thorough intake form.  When the intake form is completed, the friendly supervised student will escort the client to the clinic to begin the treatment.


The Clinic at Syracuse's Aesthetic Science Institute

The Clinic at Syracuse's Aesthetic Science Institute

Treatments are performed in one of the schools’ two clinics.   The rooms are bright and airy, filled with abundant natural light. The walls are painted in the schools signature colors of midnight blue and gold.  Impeccably white equipment lines the perimeter of each strikingly clean clinic room.  There are no private treatment rooms at ASI with the exception of the waxing area.

Changing Area:

Clients are given a terry cloth wrap and are instructed to disrobe in the changing rooms located within each of the clinics.  The client is then led to a comfortable facial bed and is covered with a sheet and blanket.


High quality products from Circadia and G.M. Collin are used in the clinic.

The enzyme facial, $30, uses cocoa, pineapple and papaya enzymes to exfoliate and brighten the skin tone.  The facial lasts one hour.

When the student isn’t actively working on the clients skin, they are performing arm massage, facial massage and neck and shoulder massage.  At no time during the facial treatment is the client left alone – a practice that not all spas and estheticians adhere to outside of the clinical environment.

Other treatments include basic and specialty facials, waxing, body wraps, teeth whitening, and permanent makeup.

NYS dictates the curriculum that aesthetic schools must adhere to.  At ASI, the curriculum goes beyond NYS requirements.  Advanced skills like microdermabrasion and Brazilian waxing are not required by the State, but are offered at the school.


Any service at an aesthetic school is a great value.  Treatments are often priced at one-third of the cost of a similar treatment at a spa.

Until 12/31/09, get a basic facial for half price ($12.50 instead of $25) when you mention this article and it’s author.  No substitutions, please.

One of the clinics at ASI in Syracuse, NY

One of the clinics at ASI in Syracuse, NY

Payment Time:

At the end of your service, the student leads you back to the reception area to complete your payment transaction.  ASI students are permitted to accept gratuities from their clients.

Final Words:

If you’re thinking about a career in aesthetics, check out ASI’s website.  If you’re looking for skin care and waxing services in a simple, clean environment supervised by expert instructors, ASI is a great choice.  There are two locations:

Latham, New York
1202 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110

Syracuse, New York
1304 Buckley Road
Syracuse, NY 13212-4302




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