Esthiology Program

Rochester, 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.


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

The Esthiology course is designed with the following structure: First, you’ll engage in 120 hours of preclinical instruction, which covers essential topics such as anatomy, dermatology, and chemistry as they relate to skin care. You’ll also delve into infection control, safety procedures relevant to skin care practice, and familiarize yourself with Minnesota’s statutes and rules governing the field. Additionally, you’ll receive student orientation and gain elementary service skills.

Moving forward, the core of the Esthiology curriculum entails 37 hours of instruction in applied science and skills. This segment will focus on procedures like cosmetic skin care, client consultation, skin analysis, and applications of facials, makeup, and waxing.

Throughout your journey, you’ll participate in a total of 443 hours of meticulously planned clinical instruction. This hands-on experience will immerse you in the practical aspects of cosmetic skin care, client consultation, skin analysis, and applications of facials, makeup, and waxing.

Upon successful completion of this comprehensive training, you’ll have fulfilled the state of Minnesota’s requirement of 600 hours encompassing theory and practical experience in the applied sciences of Esthiology. This achievement makes you eligible to take the Minnesota State Licensing Exam, a crucial step toward becoming a licensed Esthetician.

A noteworthy detail: Practical client interactions will commence once you’ve completed 120 preclinical hours.


    Weeks 1-8 | Classroom Only


    Weeks 9-20 | Classroom + Clinic

A full-time Esthiology student must complete this 600 hour course in 20 weeks.


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

Weeks 9-20:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 11:30am-7:30pm

(First & third Saturday of every month 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

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.


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.


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.

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.

  • Esthetician
  • Medical Esthetician
  • Makeup Artist
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Hair Removal Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Instructor
  • Manager
  • Spa Owner
  • Beauty Editor
  • Sales Representative
  • State Board Member
  • State Board Inspector
  • State Board Examiner
  • Wellness or Day Spa
  • Salon
  • Medical Spa
  • Dermatology or Plastic Surgeon Office
  • Burn Center
  • Cruise Ship or Resort
  • Trade Shows
  • Runway Shows
  • Magazine
  • Own your own business

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