Quality Esthetician Schools in Orlando, Florida?

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michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida

47 months ago

lisbeth in Kissimmee, Florida said: I have my equipment to sell for skin care and massage. Please contact me ...I had a small spa and due to an accident I could no longer practice...Everything is in excellent condition..If you are looking for quality products at a reasonable price, please contact me..thanks

DO YOU STILL HAVE IT FOR SALE?

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Sally Dehler in Orlando, Florida

47 months ago

elena4995 said: Anyone know apx the tuition at Aveda for Spa/Skin Care/Massage therapy?

I hear that Aveda tuition is around $7,000. Winter Park Tech-Avalon Campus is under one thousand!

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

Katrina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: Lissette,

Thanks for your response. I have looked at the cirriculum of the other schools in the area and non of them are offering 1/2 of what Aveda is claiming to offer. I am sooooo tired of these schools claiming that they are training you to be equipped to enter into a field and at the end of your $$ training you have not 1/2 of what you really need.

Any suggestions anyone... other than winning the lottery....e

Aveda is only good if you want to work for Aveda Spas ,
I'm in the process of looking for the right esthetician program myself and so far i'm the most impressed with the Paramedical Skin Care Associates of natural science offered at FCNH. because when you graduate you will have more than 1000 hours in skin care v.s. 260 that is required. They teach evrything including peels and microderm Plus, a lot of high end places like resorts or medispas want you to have close to 600 hours so if you graduate from there you don't have to take continuing education courses with this program you come out way ahead and you have a degree. I think it takes 18 months and i know they they take financial aid and are apart of the Steiner Education group but I havint visited yet so i dont know what the tuition is but i'm impressed so far but I would sudgest if you don't want to spend alot of money just go to one of these smaller schools get registered as a facial($1000) or full specialist ($1500) and take some continuing education courses untill you're where you want to be skill wise, and have a good amount of hours under your belt which when I calculated it is at the most cost like $3500-$4,500 all together which includeds the esthetic program. education is what you make of it and in the end hours and the ability to perform competently is the most important thing

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

Katrina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: Hey Beth,

So I interviewed 2 schools today. Florida College of Natural Health and American Institute.

FCNH... what can I say about it.. very fancy smancy and a lot of talk.. I believe 3/4 of the tuition they are charging is for the product they include and the rest is for books and uniforms... I was not very impressed.

American Institute.... Very small school as well as small classes. They cater towards the holistic side of Skin care. They are actually taught how to make their own toners from regular everyday items in your kitchen and they are big on health.
I was very surprised that the class was learning a holistic approach to skin care. All the other schools are gared toward their brand of product.

I think I am leaning toward AI.

do u know how much was the tuition for the paramedical program? if so can u tell me?

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

zak in Lutz, Florida said: fl skin school suck.I want to do laser photofacial,and more this state you have to become a nurse to work with laser,my friend in atlanta make 1300 week doing photofacial and more.I just moved to orlando look up the school,dont like what i see.I know in atlanta that you can do 1200 hour as esthetician and then go find a job working with laser and yes they will teach you.But im here in fl and the pay foe esthetician not great.does any one know about national laser institute in ar?

To perform laser in Fl you either have to be a nurse or an electrolosys

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

zak in Lutz, Florida said: can someone tell me what the difference is in medical esthetician is this that become a nurse ?Is FCNH in miami?I live in Orlando dont realy like the school.

No a medical esthetician usually means they have studied skin in depth, are trained to do more advanced services and have more hours, nurse esteticians can perform botox and stuff like that.

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

Mar in Tampa, Florida said: HI, I am looking to enroll in a skincare/waxing program. Looking for the best school possible. I contacted Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy in Brandon (their part time hours fit me like a glove). Does anyone know if they are any good?Also contacted Manhattan Hairstyling Academy (but have not heard many good comments) Any advise?

I think the MHA prepares you to be a make up artist more than anything but idk.. the best plan is to visit

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida said: Aveda is only good if you want to work for Aveda Spas ,
I'm in the process of looking for the right esthetician program myself and so far i'm the most impressed with the Paramedical Skin Care Associates of natural science offered at FCNH. because when you graduate you will have more than 1000 hours in skin care v.s. 260 that is required. They teach evrything including peels and microderm Plus, a lot of high end places like resorts or medispas want you to have close to 600 hours so if you graduate from there you don't have to take continuing education courses with this program you come out way ahead and you have a degree. I think it takes 18 months and i know they they take financial aid and are apart of the Steiner Education group but I havint visited yet so i dont know what the tuition is but i'm impressed so far but I would sudgest if you don't want to spend alot of money just go to one of these smaller schools get registered as a facial($1000) or full specialist ($1500) and take some continuing education courses untill you're where you want to be skill wise, and have a good amount of hours under your belt which when I calculated it is at the most cost like $3500-$4,500 all together which includeds the esthetic program. education is what you make of it and in the end hours and the ability to perform competently is the most important thing

Two questions.

What is the degree in?
Is this program accepted by the cosmetology board and qualifies you to be licensed after the exam?

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

It's an A.S. in Natural Science with a concentration in Paramedical Skin Care and yes it is accredited and approved by the state board which cosmetology schools don't have to be accredited its voluntary. the website is fcnh.com you can check it out yourself.

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michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

I got approved from Florida college of natural health and i canceled it after i saw so many bad reviews about it... The paramedical Skin care cost $24,000 i got $7,000 free money from the goverment but still had a $17,000 loan and it increase like crazy..
its 1200 hours BUT when you get your license it wont say that you are a PARAMEDICAL AESTHETICIAN... it will says: FACIAL SPECIALIST like everybody else has... it takes 18 months if you do day and 22 months if you do night..
They require High school diploma or Ged BUT The funny thing is : You cant transfer your credits from another school PERIOD!! NOBODY ACCEPTS IT!
SO, that associates degree that you will get wont take you anywhere.
After i found all this out i canceled before my orientation class... Its a rip off school because they wont offer you peels..( you will get microdermoabrasion and thats it... no brazilian wax or anything like that)
Its a great school, don't get me wrong, its fancy and they give out all kind of nice stuff ( even white uniform and luggage with the name of the school on it)...BUT for $24,000 does not worth since you cant transfer your credit for any other school.

they have a nice one program in there ( skin care & eletroclogy) it takes 11 months, i think.. but you can get your laser license and make a killing!
My friend makes $20 per hour plus comission and tips..

Another one that i checked out was the one that is Kissimmee.. OMG! that place is disgusting!!!! they called Academy of career training.

Anyway, hope this helps.

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michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida said: It's an A.S. in Natural Science with a concentration in Paramedical Skin Care and yes it is accredited and approved by the state board which cosmetology schools don't have to be accredited its voluntary. the website is fcnh.com you can check it out yourself.

I got approved from Florida college of natural health and i canceled it after i saw so many bad reviews about it... The paramedical Skin care cost $24,000 i got $7,000 free money from the goverment but still had a $17,000 loan and it increase like crazy..
its 1200 hours BUT when you get your license it wont say that you are a PARAMEDICAL AESTHETICIAN... it will says: FACIAL SPECIALIST like everybody else has... it takes 18 months if you do day and 22 months if you do night..
They require High school diploma or Ged BUT The funny thing is : You cant transfer your credits from another school PERIOD!! NOBODY ACCEPTS IT!
SO, that associates degree that you will get wont take you anywhere.
After i found all this out i canceled before my orientation class... Its a rip off school because they wont offer you peels..( you will get microdermoabrasion and thats it... no brazilian wax or anything like that)
Its a great school, don't get me wrong, its fancy and they give out all kind of nice stuff ( even white uniform and luggage with the name of the school on it)...BUT for $24,000 does not worth since you cant transfer your credit for any other school.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas said: That is what I was afraid of.

Jeff.

A Google Search for "florida college of natural health complaints" lists a large number of sites which have complaints on this.

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michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

Jeff,
That's why i canceled my financed aid before my orientation.. after i found out so many bad reviews from FCNH...
I am still looking for a nice school ( skin care that included microdermoabrasion and peels),massage therapy and electrology.

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michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

lisbeth in Kissimmee, Florida said: I have my equipment to sell for skin care and massage. Please contact me ...I had a small spa and due to an accident I could no longer practice...Everything is in excellent condition..If you are looking for quality products at a reasonable price, please contact me..thanks

DO YOU STILL HAVE IT FOR SALE?

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michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

I AM THINKING TO GET SKIN CARE & ELECTROLOGY DIPLOMA...AFTER THAT GET THE LASER AND THAT'S WHERE YOU MAKE THE MONEY.
MY FRIEND MAKES $20 PER HOUR PLUS COMISSION AND TIPS.. ( ABOUT 35,00 PER HOUR) PLUS SHE HAS HER OWN CUSTOMER FOR FACIAL..

I AM TRYING TO FIND A PLACE THAT I CAN DO BOTH.. ( BUT FOR FACIAL I NEED PEELS AND MICRODERMOABRASION)

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michelle in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

Paula in Orlando, Florida said: Academy of Career and Training does it is located in kissimmee.

they only approve for financial ad if you do a full specialist ( nails+face )total os $6,500 takes less than 3 months if i am not mistaken...
i went there last week...
If you get the cash to do only facial is $2,500
i didnt like that school.. too bad because its only 5 minutes from my house.

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michelle in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida said: To perform laser in Fl you either have to be a nurse or an electrolosys

yes...that's why i am thinking to get electrology so i can get my laser license.. the only problem is that i cant find any school who offers financial aid...
well,,, just florida college of natural health.. they have one program that is done in 10 months( skin care& Electroloy)...
** my only concern about it is that the skin care does not inclue peels or microdermoabrasion...I can't pay out of my pocket now. :(

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michelle in Kissimmee, Florida

46 months ago

Katrina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: I have been researching Est schools for a couple months now and recently visited the Aveda school in Davie FL.
First of all ... Have you graduated? How was your experience with the School????

Aveda is grea but doesnt offer microdermoabrasion and peels!!!!

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

That is true about not having a cerificate saying paramedical esthetician but at the same time what makes you a medical esthetician is how many hours u have and for what percedures. But i do agree with you as far as if you don't get trained in peels then that's lame especially for the money that you have to pay for school. Do you have any sudgestions on what schools I should check out.

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

I'm trying out orlandoinstitute the have that for sure.

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

I think fcnh can give he electrology separate but idk alot of people are complaining about that school but what can you do if you don't have to many options... maybe consider putting school off untill you save the money, I wish i could be more helpful

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michellsdreams79

46 months ago

Orlando institute does not have financial aid.. so you would have to pay out of pocket!.. I honestly can't do it right now so that's why i am looking for any school that offers financial aid..
and yes, you right... FCNH offers 1.200 hours on Paramedical Advanced Skin care degree.. I was about to start it and cancelled.. i dont know if a regret or not but $24,000 i think is too much.. since i wont be able to transfer my credit if i decide to became a RN in the future.

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michellsdreams79

46 months ago

I just called FLORIDA CAREER COLLEGE ( BRANDON-FL) its close to Tampa and about 45 minutes from Kissimmee
they offer a Clinical Skin Care Diploma that included peels and microderm also wax and body wrapping for $ 10,785,00 ( 400 hours)
they also offer financial aid and takes 6 months to get it.
classes starts in January

Called Aveda Institute ( they don't offer microder and peels) its $14,900 and takes 8 months ( dual license) skin care and massage theraphy ( total of 900 hours)
I guess Florida College of Natural Health is the only one who offers 1,201 hours credit but it's $24,000

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michellsdreams79

46 months ago

So i guess Florida college of natural health is not that expensive because if the Florida Career College is asking $10,785 for only 400 hours..x 3 would be 1,200 hours $ 32,355 if they had that...

I guess $24,000 is not expensive.. i was not thinking about the hours..
FCNH takes 18 months Day/ 22 months night

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

michellsdreams79 said: I just called FLORIDA CAREER COLLEGE ( BRANDON-FL) its close to Tampa and about 45 minutes from Kissimmee
they offer a Clinical Skin Care Diploma that included peels and microderm also wax and body wrapping for $ 10,785,00 ( 400 hours)
they also offer financial aid and takes 6 months to get it.
classes starts in January

Called Aveda Institute ( they don't offer microder and peels) its $14,900 and takes 8 months ( dual license) skin care and massage theraphy ( total of 900 hours)
I guess Florida College of Natural Health is the only one who offers 1,201 hours credit but it's $24,000

I know that a lot of this can be confusing. If you hold off and give me a week I will try to give you some advice and understand which may be able to help you.

Finaincial aid is good. But there are some pitfalls which you should be aware of.

When talking to the schools which claim to give a "Clinical Skin Care Diploma" ask these questions:

What subjects and materials are offered which are different than the Basic Program which is required for State Licensing?

To provide you with a syllabus of the extended program. Beware of any school which claims that they have a program and can not provide a syllabus.

If they tell you that the hours are transferable, ask which Universities accept these hours.

Talk to the instructor teaching the course. Consider their age, years in the industry and (one of the most important) number of years they have worked as an esthy in the field. I don't mean as a teacher or student. You want to know what is their experience in the real world.

What textbooks are used in the Basic Program and the Clinical Program (important)

When a school tells you that they offer financial aid, find out which aid they offer and research the requirements of the aid institution's requirements for schools to get the aid. What does the institution have to provide the lending institution to qualify.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas said: <snip>

When a school tells you that they offer financial aid, find out which aid they offer and research the requirements of the aid institution's requirements for schools to get the aid. What does the institution have to provide the lending institution to qualify.

Here's a tip:

There is nothing preventing you from purchasing the textbooks used in the course before you sign anything and start the course. There is a great advantage to this. By using the textbooks, studying and mastering them (just as you would in the course, you have the advantage of already knowing the textbooks. There is no pressure normally associated with taking any class. Remember, almost all State Board Theory questions are based on the textbook. This does mean that you have to be a self starter in your approach.

By mastering the textbook you will start the course with an understnading which others do not have. Plus, you will most likely have a list questions which you will have (I hope that you write them down as you go through the book and not think that you will remember them).

Also, when you are actually taking the class, keep a written daily diary as to what you did and happened in the class on that day. It should include: The instructors name, what the class covered, how it was covered, etc. Many times I hear of complaints of schools, teachers or courses. By having a detailed diary of each day, you have some powerful evidence.

Keep in mind that a schools "Advisers" primary goal is NOT to advise you. It is to get you to sign a contract.

More Later

Be Patient and I'll give you more tips.

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Marion Dove in Port Richey, Florida

46 months ago

I'm a skin care Instructor at Bene's International school of Beauty in New Port Richey

I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

Marion Dove in Port Richey, Florida said: I'm a skin care Instructor at Bene's International school of Beauty in New Port Richey

I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Marion is a calleauge who I have known for some time and have a great deal or respect for. She would be my source of information pertaining to FL.

In addition she has one of the most active professional blogs on the internet.

Jeff

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

I guess it's just something for everyone to consider

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Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

Remember they're payment plans for the schools with no financial aid. Depending on everyones indivisual situation maybe some of you guys can consider that

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Heather W. in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

michelle in Kissimmee, Florida said: yes...that's why i am thinking to get electrology so i can get my laser license.. the only problem is that i cant find any school who offers financial aid...
well,,, just florida college of natural health.. they have one program that is done in 10 months( skin care& Electroloy)...
** my only concern about it is that the skin care does not inclue peels or microdermoabrasion...I can't pay out of my pocket now. :(

You can get a certification for 200 dollars in one day for microderm and chemical peels. Look up kari LLc on google. her next 11-7pm seminar is mid december. My guess is we have to already be licenced in skin care to do it. But its just an fyi there are programs available that are very affordable

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

I agree, you will find that most, if not all, post graduate courses are less than those which the same were to be offered in a school. There are also videos. The theory, and procedures are there. You develop your own technique and practice.

As a matter of fact I have been working on ways to bring these and many more subjects to post graduate students at a far less cost. The problem was, in the past, computers and general user connections weren't fast enough. But that is quickly changing with such things as the new I7 motherboards and G4 speeds. However, in order to participant in ours, you will need a computer (preferably laptop) and a video camera. We are in the testing phase now. It will be a virtual classroom.

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Marion Dove in Port Richey, Florida

46 months ago

Before you sign anything make sure they teach how to do chemical Peels and MDA.
Most schools dont, it doesnt matter how good they claim to be.
You wont know what you dont know until you graduate!

A school is only as good as the teachers. Big names and gorgeous looking school buildings dont mean anything.
Maybe you'll even find a school that gives you more than the required 260 hours. (Ours does)
Visit the school and ask if you could spend one day in theory and clinic. Watch and listen.
During a break talk to the students and ask how they like the class, the teacher etc.
MAKE SURE you learn to do chemical Peels. Its NOT a requirement for schools to teach this, so you have to ask.

good luck

Marion Dove
LMT/Skin care Instructor
Bene's International school of Beauty

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bobbie in Tampa, Florida

46 months ago

yes florida suck,esthetician cant work with laser,that why in going to nurse school.im from atlanta ga you can work with laser and dont have to become a nures

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bobbie in Tampa, Florida

46 months ago

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46 months ago

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Rayna in Evansville, Indiana

46 months ago

I see that you guys are saying that you have to either be an electrologist or a nurse in order to work with lasers in Florida. So, does that mean that you can surpass getting certified as an esthetician?? and just get licensed as an electrologist and then take additional classes to learn how to use lasers??

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bobbie in Tampa, Florida

46 months ago

Rayna in Evansville, Indiana said: I see that you guys are saying that you have to either be an electrologist or a nurse in order to work with lasers in Florida. So, does that mean that you can surpass getting certified as an esthetician?? and just get licensed as an electrologist and then take additional classes to learn how to use lasers??

good ?

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bobbie in Tampa, Florida

46 months ago

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michelle in Kissimmee, Florida

45 months ago

Sally Dehler in Orlando, Florida said: I hear that Aveda tuition is around $7,000. Winter Park Tech-Avalon Campus is under one thousand!

BUT ITs not offer microdermoabrasion and peelings.. i checked on that..

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michelle in Kissimmee, Florida

45 months ago

I decided to go to the Florida college of natural health and do the Skin care & Electrology and i can get my microderm&peels certified at skin kari or any place.. it's from $200-500 :).. so in that way you can be a paramedical aesthetician...
Getting my electrology degree i will be able to get my laser license and open my own practice...it's less than $10,000 investiment and just for the electrology alone you can make $35-50,000 full time.. no couting with peels, chemicals, massages ( i want to be especialized in lynphatic drainage**....so i can see people make great money.. you just need to build your own clientele and be good and dedicate on whatever you do...
I think that pays $24,000 for a degree in paramedical aesthetician is just ridiculous when you can get the basic and microderm&peelings in any place...the most you have on your resume is better!...My idea is to open my own practice so for me wasting almost 2 years to get an associate degree that cant even transfer to any college is like throwing money into garbage!
I am extremelly excited to start it.. classes will be starting in january..ah.. and it takes only 10 months ( 5 months for skin care and 5 months for electrology) and you get 2 licenses ( facial registered and electrologist technician)CPE ( CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL ELECTROLOGIST)
and then i will go ahead and get my laser which takes 2 weeks and half then get a laser technician laser also...In order to open your on practice you either has to be a nurse or a electrologist..
well.. hope it helps....
Merry Christmas to everyone!

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Stacey in Orlando, Florida

41 months ago

Raynea in Kissimmee, Florida said: I am currently enrolled at Aveda now and I have found the program to be lacking in what most spas are using today. They do not teach you or even give you an overview of popular things such as Microderm and Peels...they only teach you their version which are natural plant dervied masques. They will also tell that they provide job placement but that is also a lie, they will provide you with LEADS and a JOB FAIR.....so just do your research first....it is a good school but make sure that you would only want to work for AVEDA...since my goal is to work in the medical side I am now going to have to spend another 3,500.00 dollars and attend school for a few more months because we were never taught any peels or microderm.

Hello! I am sorry for your disappointment in the Aveda school. I have always heard great things about Aveda, and I personally love their products. I work for LaserDerm MedSpa in Casselberry Florida. Our sister school, The Vector Institute, offers a wide range or programs. We have a $99 "boot camp" class that will go over some of the treatment options that you are not receiving at Aveda. We also offer a microdermabrasion class for $125. Please email me at stacey@laserdermmedspa.com if you are interested. I would love to help you achieve your goals and save some money! We also offer actual job placement, as well as leads, continuing support and CEU classes. www.lasderdermmedspa.com

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Stacey in Orlando, Florida

41 months ago

michellsdreams79 said: Orlando institute does not have financial aid.. so you would have to pay out of pocket!.. I honestly can't do it right now so that's why i am looking for any school that offers financial aid..
and yes, you right... FCNH offers 1.200 hours on Paramedical Advanced Skin care degree.. I was about to start it and cancelled.. i dont know if a regret or not but $24,000 i think is too much.. since i wont be able to transfer my credit if i decide to became a RN in the future.

Laserderm MedSpa and it's sister school Vector Institute offer budget friendly classes with different payment plans. You can take our Facial Specialist program and then add on other specialties via workshops as you progress in your career. Often times, you will get on the job training for free or your employer may pay for advanced training for you. Contact me at stacey@laserdermmedspa.com with any questions, and hopefully we can help you get started in the right direction.

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Sally Dehler in Lake Mary, Florida

41 months ago

Check out Winter Park Tech-Avalon Campus. You can receive the same license through their program for under one thousand dollars!

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Stacey in Orlando, Florida

40 months ago

Rayna in Evansville, Indiana said: I see that you guys are saying that you have to either be an electrologist or a nurse in order to work with lasers in Florida. So, does that mean that you can surpass getting certified as an esthetician?? and just get licensed as an electrologist and then take additional classes to learn how to use lasers??

Yes. You take an electrology course, then a laser course.
stacey@laserdermmedspa.com
www.legacycareerinstitute.com

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Beautywithin in Orlando, Florida

39 months ago

There are currently 2 Technical schools that offers facials programs in Orlando.Westside Tech and Avalon Tech.Westside Tech has a Facials Course and Advanced Facials course where they teach you chemical peels,microdermabrasion,Led therapy,Airbrush makeup,Tint Eyebrows,Waxes,etc.And Avalon just has the basic Facials Course,but they're a nicer and newer school than WestSide and in a more of a nice high end Area than WestSide Also.

Here's the link to WestSide's Facials Course: www.westside.ocps.net/tech_specializations/advance_esthetic.html

Avalon Tech's: www.wpt.ocps.net/programs/human_service/facials_specialty.html

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Beautywithin in Orlando, Florida

39 months ago

Sally Dehler in Orlando, Florida said: I hear that Aveda tuition is around $7,000. Winter Park Tech-Avalon Campus is under one thousand!

What Methods/techniques are taught in your facials curriculum?Like Tinting eyebrows/lashes,Chemical peels,Microderm,led therapy,etc

Can you give a thorough description on what methods & techniques are taught in your course.

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kim in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida said: Jeff,
That's why i canceled my financed aid before my orientation.. after i found out so many bad reviews from FCNH...
I am still looking for a nice school ( skin care that included microdermoabrasion and peels),massage therapy and electrology.

I am in search of a decent school in flagler county or vicinity... any suggestions??

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MarieH in North Bergen, New Jersey

38 months ago

Hey Michelle,

I graduated from FCNH in Maitland, FL last May 2010. I've recently moved to NJ and am having a hard time transferring my license.
First off let me start off by saying FCNH is a JOKE! My tuition was around 6,000 maybe more. I dont remember. I'm still paying for it b/c i couldn't get enough loans being that the program is only 4mths long.
Anyways so the day i went in for my interview, the lady just talks and talks and just basically sells you. They say how reputable they are at over thousands salons all over the country and are the main school that can get you a job on any big name cruise. I should have known better than to just jump into a "pretty school". The first weeks of school the "original teacher" was out for a family emergency, so they stuck this lady in to substitute and let me say she was a ditz. She had no backbone to her whatsoever and everyone walked all over her. Nevermind the fact that she had no idea how to explain how to do anything and the 2nd day of school she said just wash each others faces. We were like are you serious? There were only about 12 girls in my class and the fact that none of us got 1 on 1 instruction is pathetic. Then the students were complaining so they stuck in another teacher a few weeks later. Then the director or lady in charge who basically dressed liked she worked on OBT thought she was "classy and beautiful". She ran that school with an attitude and acted like she was way above everyone else. She had the nerve to tell me that my leggings were inappropriate the day she was wearing a skirt with a slit up the front basically to her crotch and fishnet stockings. Give me a break. Anyways then she tried to teach us for about 1 or 2 wks and that was hell. You couldn't even speak to her without her contradicting herself. Then finally around the last month we got in a younger teacher with more experience and knowledge than the other older woman. She was amazing and the only flaw was that she wasn't there long

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MarieH in North Bergen, New Jersey

38 months ago

(continued from above)- enough and she wasn't our teacher from the beginning. She would explain everything in detail and show each of us or 4 of us at a time. That way we got the visual and audio. She sat down and showed us how to do everything before she asked us to do it. She explained why everything needed to be done a certain way or what we could change on our own to help give our own twist. Anyways she had the best personality to teach too, she didn't single out students on things that weren't needed she made it fun and interesting.
The main thing I'm upset about is that we were never really shown how to identify different skin types, extractions, the machines were wicked outdated, they were always out of products. The days we had to come in on the weekends for clinic were HORRIBLE, so unorganized. I had appointments booked almost all the time, and yet they would give my appts to other girls and I'd have to argue about it that they only came there and paid for the service b/c i asked them to come in or they wanted me to do it for them. Either way they didn't want anyone else to do it.
Now that I went to that school and wasted my money & only got 300 hrs, in NJ you need 600hrs and I'll have to go back to school. Nevermind that some schools won't even accept my credits b/c what we learned or whatever they see on my transcript doesn't equal what they do up here.
The one plus is that I'm good with science and skin care being that I've worked in a salon for yeaers. I know a lot of about the products and anatomy and physiology. So the tests and written was a breeze for me and me being a quick learner i picked up skills from the teacher that tried to catch us up in only a few weeks for the entire program.
I should have waited and just went to school in NJ, I would have saved money and the hassle. The school is way too overpriced and the people that run the school are a hot mess. They need to re-examine who's running the school and the outlook they are giving.

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