Develop your skincare skills.

At PCI Academy, our Esthetics Students delve deep into the world of skin health—learning to care for, repair, and rejuvenate skin using the latest techniques and premier products. Our comprehensive training ensures that by the time you graduate, you'll be a highly skilled Esthetician, fully equipped to help clients attain their ultimate skin goals. Embark on a transformative journey with us and emerge as a Skin Care Expert, ready to make a significant impact in the beauty and wellness industry.

What You'll Learn

Our Esthetician Program at PCI Academy is designed around a dynamic three-part framework: foundational theory, strategic business development, and intensive practical instruction. This comprehensive approach ensures you gain deep insights into skin science, learn key business strategies to thrive in the beauty industry, and acquire hands-on skills through real-world practice. Prepare to transform your passion for skincare into a flourishing career with our expertly crafted curriculum.

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

Embarking on your Esthetics Education at PCI Academy paves the way to a myriad of exciting career paths. From the soothing ambiance of day spas to the bustling energy of high-end salons, from luxury resorts to professional dermatology offices, and even bustling cosmetic counters—your skills will be in high demand. Dive into a world where your expertise not only enhances beauty and wellness but also opens doors to diverse and rewarding professional opportunities.

Specific roles include:

  • Spa Esthetician
  • Medical Esthetician
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Beauty Advisor at Cosmetic Counters
  • Esthetician on a Cruise Ship
  • Resort Spa Esthetician
  • Esthetician in a Wellness Center
  • Eyelash and Brow Specialist
  • Waxing Specialist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Makeup Artist/Esthetician for Film and Television
  • Sales Representative for Professional Distribution or Skincare/Makeup Line
  • Salon/Spa Owner
  • Brand Educator
  • Esthetics Educator
  • Beauty Editor or Blogger
  • Beauty Influencer
  • Corporate Trainer for Makeup or Skincare Brands

Esthetics Program Locations

Unlock the details of our Esthetics Program tailored just for you! Click on your preferred campus to explore information about start dates, flexible schedules, comprehensive curriculum, and tuition costs. Begin your journey into the world of professional skincare with everything you need to know to get started.

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

Embarking on a career in Esthetics is a significant step that demands both time and financial investment. At our Academy, we're dedicated to making your education journey as smooth and flexible as possible. We offer a variety of scheduling options to perfectly align with your current life situation. Whether you're launching a second career while managing a full-time job and family, just stepping out of high school, or eager to accelerate your training, we have the right plan to fit your needs. Start your transformation into a skilled Esthetician without compromising your lifestyle.

Explore your path to success with just a click! Tap the buttons below to discover the flexible 18 and 24-hour schedule options we offer, designed to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. Find the perfect fit for your educational journey right here!

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Why PCI Academy?

At PCI Academy, we go beyond traditional education; we create a supportive environment that fosters your success in every aspect of your esthetics career. Our commitment to your growth includes comprehensive training, personalized guidance, and ongoing support to ensure you thrive in the dynamic world of esthetics. Here’s what we offer to help you succeed at every step of your journey:

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

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