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The Dynamic Duo: Skin Care & Nails

Do you have a passion for skin care? Do you love to do your nails? Is your skin care routine tailored to your skin type and the season? If you answered, “Yes!” to any of these questions, a career as a full specialist might be right for you! At American Institute of Beauty (AIB), we offer a program that combines the skills of an esthetician and a nail technician to help you become a well-rounded beauty professional who has been trained in both skin and nails! You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through in-person interactions with guests in our school spa. Learn the art of facials, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, acrylic nail enhancement, gel nails, 3D nail art, encapsulations, and much more!


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I attended AIB for the Full Specialist program and it was everything I expected and more! I went for the Full Specialist program and completely fell in love with NAILS special thanks to Ms. Mare, her passion for nails and her expertise really inspired me to want to be a professional nail tech along with being an esthetician. I’m forever thankful!~Tahnijah B. (Graduate)

What Can I Learn in AIB’s
Full Specialist Program?

The full specialist program at AIB is jam-packed with fun! Learning should be enjoyable and educational. We’ve developed our curriculum to focus each half of the 600 hours on two separate sets of skills- nails and skin.

Tech-Forward Beauty Education

At AIB, we know that in today’s day and age, part of becoming successful in the beauty industry is understanding and using technology. That’s why we use the Milady CIMA digital learning platform. This platform enhances the in-person classroom experience, offering additional tools and educational content on top of the training you receive from our knowledgeable, licensed educators. Each of our programs includes 24/7 access to the comprehensive, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use, digital platform.

Our Milady CIMA program offers a visual and collaborative experience that promotes the use of technology, efficiency, and the delivery of educational content that supports various learning styles.

What Does a Future as a
Full Specialist Look Like?

Where oh where will you go? You’ve got a passion, and now you want a career. Here are a few potential opportunities you could pursue after licensure!

start the enrollment process

Have you decided American Institute of Beauty may be the right school for you? Contact our admissions team by giving us a call or filling out the form. From there, we’ll reach out to you to schedule your personal tour, so you can get an inside look of our school and start the enrollment process. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get started on your future as a full specialist!

Full Specialist School FAQs

When you’re looking to enroll in a full specialist program, there are a few questions you’ll want answered right away. We’re here to address the most commonly asked questions about starting beauty school so you can get the info you need to make a decision that changes your life. You want to do this, and we want to help!

1 How Long is the Full Specialist Program?

The full specialist program at AIB is 600 clock hours. 300 hours are dedicated to teaching you skin care theoretical and practical skills, and the remaining 300 hours are concentrated on the theory and practice of nail care.

2 How Long Will It Take to Complete the Program?

You can complete our full specialist program in as little as five months*! 

*Based on a full-time schedule.

3 What Schedules Are the Programs Offered In?

You can take our full specialist program in one of three different options: full-time day, part-time day , and part-time evening .

If you have time to dedicate to your education as a full-time commitment, we offer a full-time program.

If you need to work during the day or have other obligations, we have a part-time night program.

If you need to work school into your schedule in another way, we have a part-time day program, too. We believe that your education should fit seamlessly into your life.

4 what locations provide the full specialist course?

The Full Specialist program is offered at our Largo and St. Petersburg campus locations.

5 how do you transfer to AIB?

For questions on transferring to American Institute of Beauty from your current full specialist school institution, please contact our Admissions team!

Largo Campus: 727-532-2125 | St. Petersburg Campus: 727-826-0969

6 when do classes start?

Class start dates vary by program. Due to the popularity of our programs, early enrollment is suggested to ensure seat availability!

What Are My Options for Funding My Education?

1 Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Both campus locations in Largo and St. Petersburg offer financial aid.  Your future is worth funding. Don’t be afraid to learn more about what options are available for investing in a career you love.

2 Veterans’ Training

We are approved to offer veterans’ training by the Veterans Administration. A variety of veterans’ training benefits can be used at AIB, including your POST-9/11 GI Bill®. You love to help others, let us help you make it your career here in Florida!

Dependents and spouses of veterans may also be eligible. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

3 Florida Prepaid

Florida Prepaid is a great way to fund your education, and it’s not limited to traditional colleges. If your parents have put money away for you to invest in yourself, you can use it to help fund your beauty education at AIB!

4 Scholarships

External Scholarships

AIB provides access to many different external scholarships to students who have enrolled in our full specialist program. Each external scholarship has its own requirements and availability throughout the year. The criteria for each external scholarship is unique. For more information visit: Beauty Changes Lives | Scholarships


See what students and graduates have to say about their experiences in our Full Specialist program!

I am a current student. I honestly chose this school because no other schools seemed interested in me. No calls back at all, no calls back for days etc. Once I got here – I was thankful! If you’re looking for an accredited school, this is the school for you! The teachers genuinely care about student success and the school is extremely accommodating with schedules. AIB is constantly adding education to the programs, so essentially I’m getting more than I signed up for. In all aspects I recommended this school for services and education! ~Alexis Wilson (Student)

I am a graduate of AIB… Started out as a Cosmetology student, had the best Cosmo instructors, and I accomplished one of many of my goals to graduate. Now I am back taking on the next chapter of my life! I am now in the Full Specialist program loving nails and Ms Mare rocks. I’m looking forward to skin! I love all these instructors, they have been such inspirations and great listeners. I also have made some great friends. I love this place, AIB Rocks!!!~Tammy F. (Student)  

I have to start off by saying how much I love this School. After much research into other schools in the Pinellas area. American Institute of Beauty by far offered the best programs to suit anyone’s needs, looking to get into the Beauty Business. I graduated from the Full Specialist Program. I learned so much, the teachers here are amazing and have so much to offer to each student individually and as a whole. Each teacher has their own unique style of teaching. I gained so much because of this as a student and a person. Administration team is amazing as well, they always did their best to accommodate the students needs and resolve any issues that arise in a fashionable and a timely manor. Anyone looking for an a amazing school to start a new career path, you want to be at American Institute of Beauty!~Melissa Savage (Graduate)

The Extras at AIB

We like to go above and beyond in providing for our students. That’s why we offer a few extras at AIB!

1 Career Days

Twice a year, AIB hosts industry-leading employers in our communities from all aspects of the beauty industry to come in and connect with our students on career days. You can meet potential employers, do mock interviews, and you might even land a job before you graduate!

2 Career Assistance

We offer lifetime career placement assistance. You can come back any time after you graduate and we’ll help you find opportunities. We can also help you mock interview and fine-tune your resume.

3 Guest Speakers and Industry Leaders

We bring in guest speakers to talk about expectations, desired skills, and share their experience in the beauty industry. We also bring in industry leaders to demonstrate what is trending and hot in the beauty industry. You can have the chance to meet and interact with beauty industry professionals!

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Ready to get started on a career you love? Contact us to learn more about enrolling in one of our year-round programs! Your future can’t wait.

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

St. Petersburg Campus
2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*