Advanced Practice Esthetics Combined

Mankato, Minnesota

Educate. Train. Excel.

At Nova Academy, our mission is to nurture and develop the best technical and professional skills within our future cosmetology professionals, empowering them to excel in their chosen career paths. Through our comprehensive training programs and dedicated instructors, we are committed to providing an enriching learning experience that prepares our students to thrive in the dynamic and competitive beauty industry. Our focus on excellence ensures that each graduate leaves our academy with the confidence, knowledge, and passion to succeed in their exciting journey ahead.


Esthiology (600)

157 Hours of Preclinical & Theory
443 Hours of Practical
600 Total Hours

Advanced Practice Esthetics (500)

225 Hours of Theory
275 Hours of Practical
500 Total Hours

This exceptional program not only guides you toward acquiring your Esthiology license but also empowers you to concurrently achieve your Advanced Practice Esthetics license. The Advanced Practice Esthetics-Combined course encompasses a diverse curriculum: 120 hours of preclinical instruction delve into essential topics such as the science of anatomy, dermatology, and chemistry as they relate to skincare, along with infection control, safety protocols, Minnesota regulations, student orientation, and foundational service skills. An additional 48 hours cover applied science and skills in cosmetic skincare procedures, client consultations, skin analysis, makeup application, and waxing.

Moreover, the program includes an intensive 432 hours of planned clinical instruction encompassing cosmetic skincare procedures, client consultations, skin analysis, makeup application, and waxing. Additionally, 210 hours are dedicated to advanced subjects including skin histology, the lymphatic system, wound healing, skin classification, dermatological disorders, advanced skincare treatments, chemistry, product ingredients, electrical and light energy applications, client consultations based on skin type and medical history, infection control, and safety measures. Further enhancing the practical experience, the curriculum also entails 290 hours of clinical instruction involving skin analysis, client consultations, infection control, safety procedures, electrical and light energy facials, lymphatic drainage, advanced extractions, skin needling, dermaplaning, and advanced peels.

Upon successful completion of the training, you will have fulfilled the state-mandated hours for coordinated theory and hands-on experience in the applied sciences of Advanced Practice Esthetics. This achievement qualifies you to confidently sit for the Minnesota State Licensing Exam, marking a significant step toward your professional journey in the field of Advanced Practice Esthetics.

  • INTRO (Esthi)

    Weeks 1-8 | Classroom Only

  • PHASE (Esthi)

    Weeks 9-18 | Classroom + Clinic

  • INTRO (AP)

    Weeks 1-6 | Classroom Only

  • PHASE (AP)

    Weeks 7-17 | Classroom + Clinic

A full-time Advance Practice Esthetics-Combined Course student must complete this 1100 hour course in 35 weeks. 


Weeks 1-22:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Weeks 23-35:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 11:30am-7:30pm

We are proud to offer Prosper U, a cutting-edge program that provides modern business training tailored specifically for aspiring beauty professionals. Our comprehensive programs are designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to thrive in the dynamic beauty industry. By focusing on the latest industry trends and best practices, we empower our students to achieve success, both creatively and financially, ensuring a prosperous future.

Money Habits is our new financial literacy course by Prosper U. This financial foundations program gives you the personal and business financial skills needed to be successful in life and their career. Money Habits now includes a Booth/Suite Rental Finances module.

Beauty As A Business program at Nova Academy of Cosmetology offers an exclusive Social Media Marketing Curriculum tailored specifically for hair and beauty professionals. With a focus on the latest trends and strategies in digital marketing, our students gain valuable insights and skills to effectively promote their services, connect with clients, and grow their personal brand on various social media platforms. This comprehensive training empowers our graduates to thrive in the competitive beauty industry and succeed as influential and digitally savvy professionals.

We equip our students with hands-on training on DaySmart Salon appointment booking system. This industry-leading software enables our students to gain practical experience in managing salon appointments efficiently, empowering them with essential skills to excel in their future careers. With this training, our students are better prepared to provide exceptional customer service and ensure seamless salon operations, adding value to their professional journey in the beauty industry.

At Nova Academy of Cosmetology, we take pride in providing our students with top-of-the-line kits. Our comprehensive kits are carefully curated with the finest and most advanced tools and products, ensuring that our students have access to the best resources during their training. With these exceptional kits, our students can confidently develop their skills and creativity, setting them up for success in their journey as future beauty professionals.


At Nova Academy of Cosmetology, we utilize Milady textbooks as a fundamental part of our curriculum. Milady is a trusted and renowned resource in the beauty industry, providing comprehensive and up-to-date educational materials. By incorporating Milady textbooks into our courses, we ensure that our students receive the latest knowledge and techniques, empowering them to excel in their cosmetology education and future careers.


The Complexion Companion: A Holistic Guide to Skincare as Healthcare” is a comprehensive and informative book that delves into the world of skincare from a holistic perspective. Written by experts in the field, this guide offers readers a deep understanding of how skincare isn’t just about looking good but is an essential component of overall health and well-being.


Nova proudly utilizes CIMA by Milady as an integral part of our curriculum. CIMA, which stands for “Cosmetology Instructional & Management Applications,” is an innovative digital platform created by Milady. This cutting-edge system enhances the learning experience for our students by offering interactive and engaging educational content, allowing them to access a wealth of resources at their fingertips. With CIMA, our students gain a deeper understanding of the beauty industry, mastering essential skills and preparing them for a successful and rewarding career journey.

“Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and Beyond” is an essential textbook for Advanced Practice Esthetics students. Authored by Terri Wojak, it offers in-depth insights into advanced techniques and specialized skills needed in medical esthetics. Covering skin analysis, clinical procedures, and the fusion of medical and spa practices, the book equips students to excel in skin care. It’s a vital resource that prepares future professionals to meet the complexities of modern esthetics practice and ensures a comprehensive education.”

Tuition rates vary by program and state requirements. Students will be provided the most up-to-date tuition rates on request when inquiring about admission to Nova Academy of Cosmetology.

At Nova Academy of Cosmetology, we understand the importance of financial assistance in pursuing your dreams. We are dedicated to supporting our students in exploring a wide range of financial aid options available to them. Our experienced team is here to guide and assist you throughout the process, ensuring that you have access to the resources and information needed to make informed decisions about your education. With our help, you can confidently navigate the financial aid landscape and embark on a transformative journey towards a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

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I enjoyed every bit of school. I highly recommend Nova as an excellent choice of school for this industry as they give you more than enough information and knowledge to set you apart and get you far into the world of hair and skin.

– Megan M. – Cosmetology + Esthiology Student

Nova is a top notch school where all instructors and staff are dedicated to top of the line education and

student success. I am so glad I took this step and that I did it through Nova!

– Sharesa G. – Cosmetology Student

I had a great experience here at Nova! It’s a wonderful staff and great teaching! Absolutely loved the atmosphere! I was always excited to come to school!

– Kylie C. – Cosmetology Student

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Nova Academy of Cosmetology is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc., (NACCAS). NACCAS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national accrediting agency for post-secondary schools, departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy.

• MedSpa/Day Spa/Salon Owner

•  School Instructor

•  Salon Manager

•  MedSpa Esthetician/Skin Care Specialist

• Make-Up Artist

• Image Consultant

• Photo & Movie Make Up/Skin Care Artist

• School Owner

• Platform Artist

• Manufacturer’s Sales Representative

• Magazine Writer/Editor

• Director of Education

• Product Distributor

• Salon/Spa Sales Consultant

  • Salon or Spa
  • Medical Spa
  • Fitness Club
  • Cruise Ship or Resort
  • Trade Shows
  • Runway Shows
  • Magazine
  • Own your own business

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