Our Programs

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

What To Expect as a PCI Academy Student

From the application process to kicking off your career, here’s an overview of what student experiences in cosmetology, massage therapy, and esthetics school look like.

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    Submit your online application, fee, and any additional required materials. Then, sit down for an interview with our admissions team — we’re excited to meet you!

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    Receive your official acceptance and complete enrollment. You’ll then select your orientation and program start dates, as well as your course schedule.

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    Begin by studying the fundamentals of your specialty and developing vital business skills. Then, put your learnings into practice with real clients.

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    Graduate as a knowledgeable, skilled professional — the beauty industry is your oyster! Advance your skills and maintain your license through Continuing Education courses.

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Why PCI Academy?

At PCI Academy, we do more than educate. We’re here to support you and ensure your success every step of the way.

  • 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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