Our Programs

Explore the learning paths we offer across our Ames, Iowa City, and Plymouth campuses.

What To Expect as a PCI Academy Student

Are you excited to start your journey in cosmetology, massage therapy, or esthetics at PCI Academy? Let's take a look at what the journey from application to kick-starting your career will be like.

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    Start your adventure with us by filling out a straightforward application online. After finishing, please take a moment to pay the application fee and provide the required documents. Then, you'll have the chance to chat with a member of our Admissions Team. This conversation will be a great opportunity for you to share your dreams and what you hope to achieve. We're excited to support you at every stage of this journey!

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    Once you've been officially welcomed aboard, it's time to dive into the next phase by completing your enrollment. This step lets you pick your orientation and program start dates, alongside choosing a schedule that fits seamlessly into your life. After that, gear up for an exhilarating adventure ahead with us!

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    Your learning journey begins by exploring the essential Fundamentals phase, where you'll familiarize yourself with the core skills and services of your chosen program. After building a strong foundation, you'll transition to our Salon or Spa Area Classroom, where you'll start working with guests. This hands-on experience, combined with valuable business insights, will be instrumental in shaping your future career path.

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    Graduate as a well-informed and skilled expert – the world of beauty is wide open for you! Enhance your skills and ensure your license remains current with our free Continuing Education courses. This unique offering keeps you at the forefront of industry trends and opportunities, ready to seize every moment in the beauty world.

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Why PCI Academy?

At PCI Academy, our commitment extends beyond education. We are dedicated to supporting you and ensuring your success at every stage of your journey.

  • Flexible Schedules

    Within each program, we offer multiple sessions throughout the week and even per day. Choose a course schedule that works best for your busy life.

  • Exam Fee Coverage

    After you complete training, you’ll need to pass your state’s licensing exam and apply for a license to begin working. We’ll cover the fees for your first exam and your application.

  • Business Training

    Learning business principles is an essential component of your beauty school education. We'll teach you the key skills needed to grow your business as a service provider.

  • One-on-One Coaching

    You’ll work with your coach to establish educational and career goals. Then, you’ll meet regularly to ensure you’re on track to successfully achieve them.

  • Job Placement Assistance

    Leverage our nationwide network of salons and spas as you find the right opportunity to launch your career. We’ll even help you search!

  • Free Continuing Education

    As a PCI Academy alum, you can keep refining and advancing your skills while fulfilling license renewal requirements at no cost to you.

What People Are Saying About Us...

  • As a student, PCI truly cares about the longevity of your career. The business skills you learn at PCI are immeasurable, and we are dedicated to providing the best experience and opportunities we possibly can. As a guest, PCI Academy is not only a great place for you to save on hair, skin and nail services*, but by having services done here you also get to help the students grow their skills which is very important to their education and preparing amazing service providers to send out into the industry! * - All services performed by students under licensed educator superivsion.

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