Tennessee Career Institute | Columbia, TN

Tennessee Career Institute | Columbia, TN
1412 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN, 38401

Great Careers Start at TCI!

Welcome to Tennessee Career Institute located at 1412 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia Tennessee. This campus occupies over 18,000 square feet of salon, spa, classroom and retail space and offers one of the most beautiful, professional learning facilities in the region. To learn more or to speak with an admissions representative, please click the "Request Information" button on this page.

TCI was established in 2006 when the Nave Beauty College was purchased by the owners of Georgia Career Institute. TCI is proud to be affiliated with Georgia Career Institute and benefits from its 30 years of success in preparing its graduates to enter into and succeed in the Beauty and Wellness fields as:

• Cosmetologists
• Nail Technicians
• Estheticians
• Massage Therapists

At the Institute, we don't just prepare you for your license exams - our approach is to teach you what you really need to know to build a successful career. Our curricula is designed to go significantly beyond the basics to help you truly understand what it takes to become a professional in your field. Progressive teaching methods are utilized which encourage originality and self-expression by our students. Our efforts are directed to serving the student who is inquisitive, eager, and responsive in recognizing the value of a top quality, comprehensive, professional education.

You have more career choices and ways to prepare yourself for that career than any generation before you. Choosing one of the Beauty or Wellness fields could be a great decision for you if this is where your passion lies. These fields are projected by the US Bureau of Labor statistics to be among the fastest growing fields in the upcoming decade.

We are grateful that you have decided to explore your options at the Institute. As we decide together whether this is the place for you, we invite you to contact us and come check us out personally so that you can get all the information you need to make the right choice for your future.


The Cosmetology Program is comprehensive and teaches the student the basics to more advanced procedures in:

• haircutting
• hairstyling
• permanent waving
• coloring
• color correction
• manicuring/pedicuring
• facials and basic skin care

This program is offered in flexible day and evening schedules and prepares the student to qualify to take the state board exam for a Cosmetology license. It takes about a year to complete during the day schedule and approximately 18 months in the evening.

Nail Technology

The Institute's Program in Nail Technology takes approximately 6 months to complete during the day and nine months during the evening. You will learn everything you need to start a career in this high-demand field from the basics of manicuring to more complex nail additions and art.

• basic and advanced manicuring and pedicuring
• nail art
• wraps
• nail tips
• sculptured nails
• gels
• acrylics

Also in this program, an introduction to basic Aromatherapy and reflexology is included.


One of the fastest growing professional segments of the cosmetology industry is Esthetics. The Esthetician is responsible for the care, repair and enhancement of the skin, our largest organ. As the general population ages and becomes more aware of the importance of this vital organ, the Esthetics industry is booming. Every day, more and more women as well as men are seeking treatment and instruction in the care of their skin.

As a student at the Institute you will be learn everything you need to know to begin a skincare career from the basic facial to rejuvenating procedures including microdermabrasion, galvanic, high frequency and ultrasonic treatments. Students learn several techniques for exfoliation as hair removal becomes more in demand for both men and women in the spa environment.

Instruction in spa body treatments will teach you how to help your clients achieve a sense of relaxation and balance as well as for detoxification of the body. The science and art of makeup is explored during the course and the student will decide if he or she wants to move more toward the spa setting or the medical setting and ample opportunity is available for study in either area.

This program is offered in both the Day and Evening Schedules and will prepare the student for a career in esthetics and for the licensing examination of the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology.

Advanced courses are available to our graduates and other licensed esthetician in Applied Clinical Esthetics (ACE) for those interested in working for a medical professional or facility. In ACE the student will be exposed to pre- and post-operative care for skin surgery clients and more advanced resurfacing techniques. Another advanced program is available for makeup artistry that includes introductions to corrective makeup applications and makeup for the film and television industries.

Massage Therapy

Massage has been utilized for relaxation and therapeutic applications for thousands of years. Today more people are realizing the therapeutic benefits of massage than ever before. Massage therapy can be useful for the relief of many conditions including:

• Stress
• Tension
• Chronic muscle problems
• Joint and circulatory issues

The Massage Therapy Program at Tennessee Career Institute instructs the student in various modalities including:

• Swedish
• Deep Tissue
• Sports Injury Assessment
• Asian techniques
• Neuromuscular Therapy
• Reflexology
• And more

These techniques are supported by a robust study of Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology throughout the program. Students will also learn the basics of building a massage business and will prepare for national examination during their course of study.

The program at the Institute contains 750 contact hours of student and takes approximately one year to complete. Classes are available during the day and evening schedules. Students learn how to use the art of massage to help others increase their range of motion and flexibility to alleviate some of their discomfort and learn to help clients de-stress in this comprehensive program.

Accreditations, Licensing, Affiliation and Financial Aid

Tennessee Career Institute is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences)

Our beauty programs are licensed by the State of Tennessee Board of Cosmetology

Massage Therapy is licensed by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

We are proud members of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA), the Cosmetology Educators of America, The American Massage Therapy Association and an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau.

Members of our Esthetics Faculty are NCEA Certified
The Institute is approved by the US Department of Education to participate in Title IV Financial Aid programs. Our Student Financial Services Department is available to guide you through the application process for financial aid.

The Institute is approved for Veterans' Educational Benefits.

Contact The Institute!

We appreciate your interest and welcome your visit to our campus. Please click the "Request Information" button on this page to find out more. You must be a high school graduate, or possess a General Equivalency Diploma to attend Tennessee Career Institute. High School Seniors are also welcome to explore with us to plan for study after high school graduation.




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