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Cosmetology – Rochester

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 Milbrandt - Cosmetology + Esthiology 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 Canterburg -Cosmetology 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 Golish - Cosmetology Student


Nova Academy strives to draw out the future cosmetology professional’s best technical and professional skills necessary to excel in their chosen career path.

The cosmetology programs content is 420 hours of instruction in applied sciences and skills in hair sculpture, design, color and permanent waves, manicures, facials, make-up, and pedicures. A total of 1130 hours of planned clinical instruction in the applied sciences and experience in hair sculpture, design, color, permanent waves, manicures, facials, make-up, and pedicures are required. Upon completion of training, you will have completed the number of hours required by the State of Minnesota in coordinated theory and practical experience in the applied sciences of cosmetology, to be eligible to take the Minnesota State Licensing Exam to become a Cosmetologist.

A full-time cosmetology student must complete this course in 51 weeks, and the part-time student must complete the course in 85 weeks.  The course is comprised of 1550 hours of instruction.  Students are taught instruction techniques and methods through the Milady text books, hands on demonstration, and guest speakers.  Experienced and licensed instructors teach all classes.  Students are evaluated on subjects through written theory exams, assignments and practical exams completed either on an assigned mannequin or live model.


  • 420 Hours Theory
  • 1,330 Hours Practical
  • 1,550 Total Course Hours
  • 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

Gainful Employment Information

Completer Placement Rate Calculation: Based on graduates from the *graduation cohort* who are eligible for placement . A student may count as placed if they are employed in a field for which their training prepared them prior to November 30, 2017.
* Based on all students scheduled to graduate from the program in 2018. The scheduled graduation date is a student’s most recent contract end date (i.e., the contract end date after all leaves of absence, schedule changes and re-enrollments have been accounted for). A student may count as a graduate if they have completed all applicable graduation requirements at the institution.

Cosmetology Program Investment

  • Registration Fee $100+ Kit Fee $3,300 + Tuition Fee $16,350 =  Total $19,750

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2019  Class Start Dates –  Jul 8th | Sept 30th | Nov 11th