The Story of PCI Academy

Since its inception in 1978 as The Professional Cosmetology Institute in Ames, Iowa, PCI Academy has been bringing Marian Lokken’s vision to life. Marian's dream was fueled by her lifelong passion for providing top-tier education in her salons. Today, we continue that legacy, training students in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Advanced Practice Esthetics, and Massage Therapy to become licensed professionals poised for success in the dynamic beauty and wellness industry.

Our dedicated educators are deeply committed to preparing students for every aspect of their future careers. They teach a blend of timeless techniques and the latest innovations, alongside essential business skills, ensuring our graduates enter the beauty and wellness field with confidence and expertise.

At PCI Academy, we empower our students to excel in their chosen specializations, equipping them with the skills needed to thrive and adapt in an ever-changing industry. Join us and start your journey toward a flourishing career in beauty and wellness.

PCI Academy By the Numbers

  • 3 Campuses students can learn from.

  • 45+ Years training the brightest and best.

  • 3,950 Graduates and counting.

What Sets Us Apart

At our academy, we do more than just teach skills; we cultivate a mindset of success, foster professional behaviors, and instill business savviness, enabling our students to craft and thrive in their dream careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy. Here, you'll learn to love every minute of your professional journey, equipped with the knowledge and confidence to excel in the dynamic world of beauty and wellness. Join us to turn your passion into a fulfilling career that you adore.

  • 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.