Beauty Programs | Ridley-Lowell

Beauty Programs

There’s something about a great haircut, a therapeutic massage or a refreshing skin treatment that just makes people feel brand new. According to the BLS’ occupational outlook for these jobs, careers in the beauty and wellness fields are booming, with well-trained personnel slated to be in high demand well into the future.

Ridley-Lowell’s hands-on beauty career programs teach you how to make clients feel their best, using the latest techniques and styles that apply to your desired specialty. Once complete, you’ll be more than ready to sit for your state licensing examination.

Choose a program to learn more:


Esthetics & Skincare

Massage Therapy


Cosmetology Program

From nails to hair to makeup, cosmetology careers are fun, colorful and always on trend. It’s an exciting career path where you can express yourself creatively while helping clients look their best.

Ridley-Lowell’s beauty school curriculum focuses on preparing you to pass the New York State cosmetology licensing exam. Program coursework explores Wet and Thermal Styling, Cutting, Coloring, Nail Technology, and much more, depending on your focus. You’ll also learn important health, safety and professional skills.

Graduates will benefit from our job placement assistance once you’ve earned your license. As a cosmetologist, hairstylist, makeup artist or nail technician, you can pursue jobs in a variety of dynamic places including salons, spas, resorts and hotels.

Your curriculum will include courses on:

·       Professional skills

·       Nail care

·       Hair analysis

·       Hair cutting and shaping

·       Hair styling

·       Hair color and lightening

·       Shampoo, rinsing and treatments

·       Chemical reconstruction

·       Skincare


Campuses where available:

This program is available at our Poughkeepsie, New York campus. The Ridley-Lowell Cosmetology program is offered in both day and evening schedules to accommodate your busy life, and can be completed in as few as eight months.


Take the next step

Ready to get started on your new cosmetology career? Request more information or call 877-606-5325 to talk to an admissions counselor.


Esthetics & Skincare Program

Skin care is about more than just beauty; it’s a focus on treating and healing skin so that it looks and feels healthy. Our esthetics and skincare career program provides focused, hands-on training in clinics and labs, with instructors who have worked in the field and who understand the techniques, procedures and client care skills demanded by employers.

Upon graduation, you will have the confidence and knowledge you need to sit for your New York and Rhode Island State Board examinations in Esthetics. 

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Bacteriology

·       Anatomy and physiology

·       Skincare

·       Nutrition

·       Chemistry

·       Structure and function of skin

·       Facials

·       Hair removal


Campuses where available:

This program is available at Ridley-Lowell in Poughkeepsie, New York and the Connecticut campuses, Danbury and New London. The program can be completed in under one year.


Take the next step

Get started today. Request more information about our esthetics program or call 877-606-5325 to talk to an admissions counselor.


Massage Therapy

A career in massage therapy opens up a number of job possibilities. From indulgent spa services in hotels and resorts, to sports- or therapy-focused treatments that are all about performance and recovery, it’s a meaningful career that makes a huge difference in the lives of those you treat.

With a curriculum that centers on practical, hands-on training, the Ridley-Lowell massage therapy program will prepare you to apply for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) to become licensed Massage Therapist as a massage therapist. Upon completion of the course, you will also be eligible for membership in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Anatomy and physiology

·       Pathology

·       Kinesiology

·       Therapeutic massage

·       Eastern and Western modalities

·       Spa services

·       Sports and medical massage

·       Legal and ethical issues related to the massage therapy industry

·       Career development for massage therapy


Campuses where available:

This program is available at our Danbury, CT and West Warwick, RI, campuses.

Take the next step

As they say, there’s no time like the present. Get more information about our massage therapy program or give us a call at 877-606-5325.



*Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute does not guarantee employment and/or rate of pay upon graduation.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute is pleased to provide the following information as an institution that participates in the Federal student assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, related to Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Final regulations regarding Gainful Employment were published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010. Those regulations require that, effective July 1, 2011, institutions provide certain disclosures about each of their gainful employment programs to students and prospective students.

You can view the required Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Program by clicking here.

* Per the United States Department of Education, a “recognized occupation” is defined by an Occupational Information Network O* NET-SOC code established by the Department of Labor and available at:

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Wayne C.
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Ridley Lowell's massage program really prepared me for my exciting career in massage therapy. The teachers were supportive and knowledgeable and gave me the confidence to go out and apply what I learned in the real world. I am currently employed as a massage therapist at the prestigious Adam Broderick Spa and I am so thankful to the entire staff at Ridley Lowell for a wonderful educational experience!

Maria G.
LMT Massage Therapy Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has provided me with all the tools, plus some that I will need to become a successful licensed massage therapist. The massage program is unique in that it’s a small program with smaller class sizes, giving me more opportunity for individual instruction on advanced material.

Daniel L.
Massage Therapy

Making a career change when you are 40-something is a difficult decision. The education I received at Ridley-Lowell has given me the tools and confidence I need to begin a new and very exciting chapter in my life. I am settling into a new job that I find extremely rewarding!

Cyndi K.
Networking & Technical Support Specialist Graduate

I am thankful for my new skills, and I am looking forward to enjoying my new career making people feel good about themselves.

Roxie L.
Cosmetology Graduate

The instructors and staff at Ridley-Lowell have been wonderful! I am very glad that I chose to continue my education with them. My life will be forever changed because of my time there.

Rebecca C.
Managerial Accounting Graduate

Coming here was a great experience for me. The teachers and staff were very friendly and helpful. The other students were nice, and I made new friends. I would recommend this school to anybody looking for a higher education.

Mary K.
Office Support Specialist Graduate

The instructors at Ridley-Lowell assist us with real-life experiences to solve everyday problems. We work from life, not just the book. The hands-on education is priceless!

Terrence G.
Electrical Systems Technician

I always knew I had a passion for skin due to my own challenges. The Ridley Esthetics program is excellent and I had a blast the entire time. The staff is wonderful and make sure to teach you all that is needed to help you live out your passion. I also enjoyed getting pampered everyday and pampering others. Making people feel beautiful is what we Estheticians do!

Lynn O.
Esthetic Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has helped me find the right program at the right time to fit the needs of my schedule and personal goals.

Kimberly V.
Legal Administrative Assistant Graduate

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Medical Assisting Graduate

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Medical Administrative Assistant Graduate

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Drew F.
Medical Assistant Graduate

My experience at Ridley-Lowell was great. I enrolled to learn how to do make-up and learned so much more like how to analyze the skin, do facial and body treatments, waxing and use machines like galvanic. The teachers in the beauty school are so amazing. I miss the school, my friends, and my teachers everyday.

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Esthetic Graduate

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