Our Mission

PCI Academy’s objective is to produce highly trained, well-educated graduates for salons and spas. We are committed to excellence in cosmetology arts and sciences education. We update our systems, programs, and curriculum constantly to keep our student's interests first and the quality of education high.

The Story of PCI Academy

PCI Academy began in 1978 as the Professional Cosmetology Institute in Ames, Iowa — the realization of founder Marian Lokken’s dream after a lifelong interest in quality education for her salons.

Decades later, the legacy continues as our students train to become licensed professionals, ready to succeed in the ever-evolving beauty industry. Our educators are genuinely committed to priming students for it all, teaching both timeless, cutting-edge techniques and the vital business fundamentals needed to start a beauty career with confidence. 

Whether it be cosmetology, esthetics, advanced practice esthetics, or massage therapy, the skills our students develop allow them to thrive on their chosen paths.

PCI Academy By the Numbers

  • 3 Campuses students can learn from.

  • 40+ Years training the brightest and best.

  • 3,950 Graduates and counting.

What Sets Us Apart

We provide our students with the mindset, the behaviors, and the savviness they need to create the career of their dreams and love every minute of it.

  • 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.