Master Aesthetics FAQs

Q: How do I become an Aesthetician?
A: NIMA offers a 1200 hour, a 750 hour and an online Master Aesthetics program in our Salt Lake City campus. This program is based on the UT state licensure, however, most states will accept and transfer the UT license. The laser training component of our UT school also satisfies the requirements for both AZ and TX.
Q: What is the difference between a laser technician and an aesthetician?
A: An aesthetician is a professional license that requires anywhere from 600 – 1400 hours to complete. At the completion of hours, applicants are required to pass a state administered exam, and then they receive a state issued license. (If you are interested in becoming an aesthetician, NIMA offers the national premier Master Aesthetics program in our Salt Lake City campus.) The term "laser technician" is usually used in those states that allow you to perform laser services with only a certificate that documents training, and do not require you to also have a professional license. Aestheticians can also be considered laser technicians if they have received training in laser services, but laser technicians are not aestheticians.
Q: What services can an aesthetician perform?
A: Licensure requirement vary from state to state. In general, licensed aestheticians can perform the majority of advanced aesthetic, body contouring and cosmetic laser services under varying levels of medical supervision. Most states do not allow aestheticians to perform cosmetic injections or more aggressive laser procedures such as CO2 or Erbium procedures.
Q: What kind of career services do you offer?
A: NIMA provides ample networking opportunities and our alumni and corporate networks are extensive. We do not guarantee job placement, however we will help refer our best graduates to good positions across the country. Our placement rates for our Master Aesthetics programs are very high and our continuing education graduates are in high demand.
Q: How much hands-on practice will I receive?
A: Although many schools will tell you that they offer you more hands-on, NIMA truly stands out in this area of your education. Our curriculums are based off of our real world experience running medical spas. We know what it takes to be successful. And we know that success starts when you leave feeling confident. Approximately 50% of your education will be hands-on, working with the public, performing consultations and doing treatments. Our state of the art spa and educational facility are designed specifically to enhance your education and allow you to function as if you were working in a medical spa.
Q: What laser equipment do you use?
A: NIMA is a national training partner for several of the largest laser manufacturers in the world. We are experts on a wide variety of modalities and laser models. We are unique because we don’t rent our lasers, we don’t buy used, we don’t rely on sales reps to bring equipment in. We invest in your education. We work with every major manufacturer (Zeltique, Lumenis, Cynosure, SyneronCandela, Cutera, Alma, Allergan, Merz, Medicis, and we own every single modality that is on the market today.
Q: How many people are in each class?
A: We keep our courses small. We focus on a personalized approach and allow plenty of time for one on one teaching, hands-on experience and question and answer. Our Master Aesthetics courses max at 16 students.
Q: Who is teaching the courses?
A: All of our courses are taught by licensed and experience professionals. Injection courses are taught by Nurse Practitioners, MDs and DOs. Licensed instructors teach our Master Aesthetics program. All of our instructors are industry experts first. They come to NIMA with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Q: Is NIMA Accredited?
A: Yes. NIMA is accredited through NACCAS, a nationally recognized aesthetic school accrediting agency. We are approved as a Title IV school by the USDepartment of Education.
Q: Is financial aid available?
A: Yes. Please visit our Financing FAQs for more information.
Q: Is financing available if I don’t qualify for Financial Aid?
A: Yes. Please visit our Financing FAQs for more information.
Q: What kinds of schedules are offered for the Master Aesthetics program?
A: We understand that most of our students also work or have family obligations. Because of that, we offer a wide variety of course options, including an online program. We offer part, full and flex-time schedules, as well as day and evening programs. And we do not require you to be in school every weekend.
Q: Do I have to be in school every weekend?
A: No. This is one of the many things that makes the Master Aesthetics program at NIMA unique. We only require alternating weekends, and for some programs, no weekends at all. You will also never be required to attend school on a Sunday.
Q: Is the on-line program 100% online?
A: No. If you enroll in our online program, 30% of your curriculum will be completed on-line. All hands-on instruction as well as testing will happen in our Salt Lake City campus. The online program is an ideal way to accommodate a work schedule or personal obligations while still attending school.
Q: How much of my Master Aesthetics education will be theory vs. hands-on?
A: Approximately 70% of your education will be hands-on. NIMA is the only Master Aesthetics program in the nation to include over 300 hours of medical aesthetics training as part of our program. We boast over 13 different laser technologies on our campus, as well as providing cosmetic injections and medical grade skin care lines.