Cosmetology Program

Woodbury, Minnesota

5 Reasons to Get Your Cosmetology License!💄💇‍♀️

1. Creativity Unleashed: Dive into a world where your creativity knows no bounds! Cosmetology allows you to express your artistic flair through makeup, hairstyling, and nail art, turning your passion into a fulfilling profession.

2. Versatility Galore: With cosmetology, every day is different! From bridal makeovers to avant-garde photo shoots, you’ll have the opportunity to explore diverse styles and techniques, keeping your skills sharp and your days exciting.

3. Empowering Others: Few things are as rewarding as helping someone feel confident and beautiful. As a cosmetologist, you’ll have the chance to uplift others’ spirits, boosting their self-esteem and leaving a positive impact on their lives.

4. Flexibility and Freedom: Say goodbye to the 9-to-5 grind! Cosmetology offers flexible scheduling options, making it easier to balance work with other commitments. Whether you prefer freelancing or working in a salon, you’ll have the freedom to design a career that suits your lifestyle.

5. Endless Opportunities: The beauty industry is booming, with ample opportunities for growth and advancement. Whether you dream of owning your own salon, becoming a celebrity stylist, or teaching future cosmetologists, the possibilities are endless in this dynamic field.

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 not only prepared for employment, but confidence, knowledge, and passion to succeed in their exciting journey ahead.


420 Hours of Theory
1,130 Hours of Practical
1,550 Total Course Hours

The cosmetology course is structured as follows: Initially, you’ll engage in 240 hours of preclinical instruction, covering key subjects like anatomy, dermatology, trichology, manicuring, and cosmetology-related chemistry. You’ll also explore topics such as electricity, light, infection control, safety procedures, Minnesota’s cosmetology regulations, student orientation, and basic service skills.

Moving forward, the core of the cosmetology curriculum involves 420 hours dedicated to applied sciences and practical skills. This encompasses a range of areas, including hair sculpture, design, color techniques, permanent waves, manicures, facials, make-up, eye lash extensions, as well as manicures, pedicures, and nail enhancements.

Throughout your journey, you’ll immerse yourself in a total of 1130 hours of carefully planned clinical instruction. This hands-on experience will refine your abilities in hair sculpture, design, color, permanent waves, manicures, facials, make-up, and nail enhancements.

Upon successfully completing this comprehensive training, you’ll meet the State of Minnesota’s requirements for coordinated theory and practical experience in the applied sciences of cosmetology. This achievement makes you eligible to take the Minnesota State Licensing Exam, a significant step toward becoming a licensed Cosmetologist.

An important note: Practical work with clients will commence after you’ve completed 120 preclinical hours.


    Weeks 1-8 | Classroom Only


    Weeks 10-51 | Classroom + Hands On

A full-time cosmetology student must complete this 1,550 hour course in 51 weeks.


Weeks 1-21:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Weeks 25-51:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 11:30am-7:30pm
(First & third Saturday of every month 8:30am-4:30pm)

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.


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.

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

Consumer Information

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.

  • Cosmetologist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Platform Artist
  • Sales Rep
  • Hair & Makeup for T.V. Movie Performing Arts
  • Medical Aesthetician
  • 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
  • Salon or Spa
  • Medical Spa
  • Fitness Club
  • Cruise Ship or Resort
  • Trade Shows
  • Runway Shows
  • Magazine
  • Own your own business

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