Develop your skincare skills.

Our estheticians-in-training study all things skin — caring for it, repairing it, and healing it. Employing cutting-edge techniques and top-of-the-line products, you’ll graduate from PCI Academy as a knowledgeable, skilled esthetician ready to help clients achieve their dream skin.

What You'll Learn

Our esthetician schooling consists of three main components: theory, business development, and practical instruction.

Become an Esthetician

  • Understand, step-by-step, today’s most popular skin treatments, including facial massages, chemical peels (IA locations only), Hydrafacials (IA locations only), microdermabrasion (IA locations only), and hair removal. Lastly, discover makeup application best practices and the right products and tools to deliver them. You’ll have the required number of theory instruction 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 the principles of client retention.

  • Put your fundamental learning and business acumen into practice under the careful supervision and guidance of PCI Academy’s licensed educators. You’ll perform custom facials, body treatments, advanced skin procedures, hair removal, and makeup application services for your clients to fulfill state requirements for supervised applied practical instruction hours.

What Awaits You

Your esthetician schooling will open the door to all sorts of career opportunities in day spas, salons, resorts, dermatology offices, cosmetic counters, and much more.

Specific roles include:

  • Spa Esthetician
  • Eyelash and Brow Specialist
  • Waxing Specialist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Product Buyer
  • Salon/Spa Owner
  • Brand Educator
  • Beauty Influencer

Esthetics Program Locations

For specific information about our esthetics program, including start dates and schedules, curriculum details, and tuition, select your campus.

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 Esthetics Training Program: $14,988
  • Plymouth, MN Esthetics Training Program:  $15,388

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

We know that starting your career in Esthetics is a large commitment, both financially and time-wise. It is our goal to offer you schedule options that will fit your life right where you're at, whether you're starting your second career and need to work full-time while raising a family or your fresh out of high school or looking to get finished with your hours as soon as you can.

 Click on the buttons below to explore the different schedule options we offer for our 18 and 24 Hour options below!

ames schedule options iowa city schedule options plymouth schedule options

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 by offering:

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

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