Master the art of beauty.

In our Cosmetology Program, you'll dive deep into the world of hair, skin, and nails, mastering essential techniques and using the latest products in our salon-like classrooms. This hands-on approach ensures you not only learn the skills but also apply them in real-world scenarios. By the time you graduate, you'll be a skilled cosmetologist fully prepared to enhance your guest's beauty and boost their confidence. Start your journey with us and turn your passion for beauty and wellness into a flourishing career.

What You'll Learn

Our cosmetology program is designed to give you a well-rounded education through three key areas: in-depth theoretical knowledge, essential business development skills, and extensive practical instruction. This comprehensive approach ensures you not only understand the science and art behind beauty but also how to thrive in the business side of the industry. By integrating these components, we prepare you to excel both behind the chair and in the business world. Start your transformative journey in cosmetology with us and build a career that's both artistically and financially rewarding.

Become a Cosmetologist

  • Start by understanding the science of cosmetology — that is, the trichology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology of the practice. And, before delving into haircutting and styling techniques, coloring principles, and texture treatments, you’ll learn about bacteriology and hygienic salon practices. In your theory studies, you’ll also get familiar with skin and nail basics, which are foundational for hair removal, brow tinting, lash extension, and manicure/pedicure services. You’ll have the required number of core life sciences and cosmetology theory hours met in no time.

  • Learn how to put together a business plan, and gain experience with retail sales and financial planning. At the same time, you’ll enhance your client-building ability by cultivating your communication, customer service, networking, advertising, and marketing skills. Plus, understand and practice the principles of client retention.

  • Under the careful supervision and guidance of PCI Academy’s licensed educators, you’ll perform a range of hair styling and coloring services, hair treatments, facial and body waxing, brow design, makeup application, manicures, and pedicures for your clients. In the process, you’ll fulfill state requirements for supervised applied practical instruction hours.

What Awaits You

Embarking on your cosmetology school journey unlocks a world of exciting career possibilities across the beauty industry and beyond. Imagine contributing your skills to fashion runways, entertainment sets, and media productions—these are just a few of the vibrant paths that await you. Step into a future where your creativity knows no bounds and your career options are as diverse as your ambitions.

Specific roles include:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Color Specialist
  • Texture Specialist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Salon or Spa Manager
  • Wedding and Event Stylist
  • Fashion Show Stylist
  • Film and Television Hairstylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Lash/Brow Specialist
  • Sales Representative for Professional Distribution
  • Salon Owner
  • Brand Educator
  • Cosmetology Educator
  • Beauty Influencer
  • Beauty Magazine Editor or Writer

Cosmetology Program Locations

Step into the vibrant world of our Cosmetology Program! Select your campus to access all the essential details, including start dates, flexible schedules, an extensive curriculum, and tuition information. Embark on your journey in beauty and wellness, equipped with everything you need to succeed and thrive. Start shaping your future today!

Ames, IA Campus Iowa City, IA Campus Plymouth, MN Campus

Financing Your Dream Career

Consider this an investment in yourself.


  • Ames and Iowa City, IA Cosmetology 2100 Training Programs Starting through June 30th, 2024: $27,988
  • Ames and Iowa City, IA Cosmetology 1550 Training Program Starting July 1st, 2024: $25,988
  • Plymouth, MN Cosmetology Training Program:  $24,988

PCI Academy offers 0% interest on monthly tuition payments. Tuition must be paid in full in order to graduate.


  • Application Fee: $100

Payment is due when you submit your enrollment application.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid options like Pell Grants and direct loans are available for those who qualify.

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Schedule Options

Embarking on a career in Cosmetology is an exciting decision that involves commitment to both time and finances. At PCI Academy, we understand that life’s demands are diverse. That's why we offer flexible scheduling options tailored to fit your unique circumstances. Whether you're launching a second career while juggling full-time work and family responsibilities, or you're a recent high school graduate eager to fast-track your training, we have a plan that will work with your lifestyle. Let us help you seamlessly integrate your education into your life, so you can focus on achieving your dreams in Cosmetology.

Explore the range of schedule options we offer by clicking the buttons below. Choose from our flexible 20, 30, or 40-hour weekly schedules to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and goals!

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Why PCI Academy?

At PCI Academy, we're committed to more than just education; we're dedicated to nurturing your journey to success in every possible way. By offering comprehensive support and guidance, we ensure you're equipped for success at every stage of your cosmetology journey. Here’s how we support you:

  • Flexible Schedules
  • Business Training
  • One-on-One Coaching
  • Licensure Exam Fee Coverage
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Free Continuing Education

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