What is one thing that we all hate? Anxiety. Anxiety is very natural before we take a step into the unknown, whether it be test taking, new job, or even a date. So, what is the best preparation for any or all of those subjects? Research, study, know your basics and communicate. I’m going to dive into each one of those a little bit and help ease those restless nights, snappy days and/or tears. A lot of the NIC Examination is going to be similar to your basic exam, but there are more questions on medical terminology, medical conditions, advanced spa, laser treatments, anatomy and physiology.
Research- I remember the days when the encyclopedias in the living room were the answer to anything and everything! Now the internet gives us access to books, articles, research and everything else you can imagine. When you are studying for the NIC Exam, online tools provide a wealth of resources. Practice tests, flashcards, books, forums from other students or estheticians that have moved to a different state and need to take exam all are great resources to help you prepare. All of these tricks of the trade can help tremendously.
Study- Start as soon as possible. If you are a student, start your first day. When I say that I mean pay attention in class, takes notes, and read your chapters. We teachers have all been through it. We don’t teach to trick, we teach to assist. In my class we play games and give assignments with subjects that I know are on the test or simply test questions. Make flash cards and have your friends or family quiz you. Remember this is something that is only going to help you as you advance in your career. Make it fun, it’s only a small fraction of your life that you need to buckle down for.
Know the basics- Remember the Utah NIC Exam is the only test Utah students take. There are basic questions from the first 600 hours of school, ie. electricity, chemistry, basic ingredients, basic skin disorders, anatomy and physiology. If you want extra practice, there are a lot of different quiz websites, books and information online that can help.
Communicate- Talk to others that have taken the NIC Exam. If you are not a student with other classmates that have taken it look online. There are numerous forums that have estheticians from other states moving to certain places that require the NIC Exam.
Last but not least remember to breathe, take deep breaths and don’t cram for the test!
Skin care is one of the fastest growing segments of the beauty industry. Historically there have not been multiple levels of certification and training offered through beauty school education. Some beauty professionals choose to apprentice under more experienced, licensed beauty therapists, while others opt for continuing education through professional associations and annual trade shows.
Master estheticians typically absorb an in-depth esthetics curriculum focused on a variety of advanced procedures and spend twice the time training and studying. They receive training on equipment and modalities not covered in a basic esthetics program. Though each curriculum varies by school, topics may include:
Advanced general sciences: Infection control and sanitation; anatomy, physiology, and histology of the skin; chemistry and biochemistry; hormones.
Advanced skin sciences: Botanicals and aromatherapy; pharmacology for estheticians; skin care products; skin typing and analysis; advanced skin disorders.
Esthetics: Advanced facial techniques and massage, chemical rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, LED treatments.
Spa therapies: Body treatments including masks and wraps; alternative therapies, light therapy, and Ayurveda.
Medical: Terminology; pre- and post-medical treatments; plastic surgery procedures.
Business skills: Financial literacy; marketing, retailing.
The Master Esthetics inclusive course is designed to meet the requirements of licensure and goes beyond entry-level proficiency. The comprehensive curriculum has additional content modules for individuals who want to receive additional training in cutting edge machinery and protocols not taught at most schools. This course will give you the added knowledge and education to set you apart from your colleagues. With advanced education, you can become more competitive for medical esthetician jobs.
Skin Analysis & Consultation
Treatment & Program Design & Implementation
Facials & Skin Treatments (Manual)
Specialty Masks & Treatments
Lip and Eye Treatments
Facials & Skin Treatments with the use of Machines
Body Treatments such as wraps, masks and scrubs
Back treatments, Décolleté, Hand & Foot treatments
Microdermabrasion & Advanced Mechanical Exfoliation Techniques
Enzymes & Herbal Exfoliators
Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Peels
Modified Jessner Peels
Trichloracetic Acid Peels & Designer Peels
Light Therapy treatments, LED
Microcurrent facial rejuvenation
Advanced Treatments of the Face & Body
Cellulite Treatments, “VelaShape”
On January 1, 2011 the Manhattan American Academy evolved to become the Bellus Academy. This is the first expansion of the Bellus brand recognized as the Best Beauty School in the Nation by Modern Salon. Bellus has made headlines for revolutionizing the beauty and wellness education and as important, the hiring process for top spas and salons.
We are so thrilled to bring the Bellus brand and our advanced curriculum to this premier school lead by David Yocum the previous owner and now Academy Director. David has always focused on providing his students and graduates with the finest educational experience in a well designed and equipped environment. As David was looking to grow and expand, merging with the Bellus Academy was a visionary commitment to the community and to the students in Kansas!
To celebrate the first expansion of the Bellus brand, the company held a Grand opening celebration on January 12, 2011. The event attracted over 350 guests from the Manhattan area including Salon and Spa professionals, current students, their family, clients, the community and Kansas elected officials. The evening included demonstrations by the Bellus Artistic Director and Master Educator – Diego Raviglione and Nick Berardi who engaged the audience with the latest styles and hair design. Joanne Berry, Director of Spa and Wellness introduced the International Certification (ITEC) that will be coming to Manhattan. This will allow graduates to be certified internationally and have the opportunity to work in 35 countries worldwide. Joanne also introduced the latest training from Dr. Murad – Inclusive Health. Paula Konce the Nurse and esthetic practitioner for Dr. Murad presented an overview of the value of balancing your life, nutrition and skin care routines. The Academy will be reviewing the opportunities to add the Bellus advanced curriculum into the Manhattan campus.
The Academy is planning our second event for April 2011 where we will unveil new opportunities for the Bellus Academy students and graduates – so stay tuned for your invitation!!!!!!!!!