Rochester (507) 280-6910
Mankato (507) 345-4033
Woodbury (651) 333-1410


Unlike corporations that are often focused on just the bottom line, Nova Academy of Cosmetology offers its students the finest in real-world, hands-on training with a level of individual attention that only a locally owned school can offer.

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Best Esthi Award
Nova has helped me achieve my dream of working for a successful Medispa! It was well worth the 1.25 hour drive every day for 3 months! I feel very prepared for the workforce! I have loved my time at Nova and feel confident as I graduate that I will be successful. The instructors were so helpful preparing me and helping me figure out Wisconsin’s esthiology requirements!- Ali Welch - Esthiology Student
Great School! I loved everything about Nova. They helped me achieve my career in every way they could!- Ashley York- Esthiology 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 Esthiology course content is 216 hours of instruction in applied sciences and skills in facial treatments, make-up applications, and body waxing. A total of 384 hours of planned clinical instruction in the applier sciences and experience in facial treatments, make-up applications  and body waxing are required. Upon completion of training, you will have completed the  number of hours required by the state of Minnesota in coordinate theory and practical experience in the applied sciences of esthiology, to be eligible to take the Minnesota State    Licensing Exam to become an Esthetician.

A full-time esthiology student must complete this course in 20 weeks.  The course is comprised of 600 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.


  • 200 Hours Theory
  • 400 Hours Practical
  • 600 Total Course Hours


  • 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

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2022

Program Name: Esthiology

This program is designed to be completed in 21 weeks.

This program will cost $13,150.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 6,147.00 of debt.

  • Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Minnesota
  • Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: Minnesota

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Esthiology Program Investment

  • Application Fee $50+ Kit Fee $3,300 + Tuition Fee $10,780 =  Total $14,130

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    2023 Class Start Dates:

    May 1st | July 10th | September 5th | October 30th

    2023 Lash and Nail Start Dates:

    March 27th (Woodbury Campus Excluded) | May 22nd | July 31st | September 25th | November 20th