About Georgia Career Institute

Georgia Career Institute was established in 1975 as Artistic Beauty College with an original mission to provide women and men the education in Cosmetology. Throughout its history, the Institute has provided outstanding vocational preparation for its graduates to enter the fields of cosmetology and nail technology. Since 2001, the educational mission has been expanded to include comprehensive programs in esthetics and massage therapy.

With campuses in Conyers, Georgia (main campus), and in McMinnville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Institute proudly serves the communities in our region. Please feel free to explore our website, read the student catalog (you’ll find a link under the “Admissions” tab or complete the contact form for further information. Thank you for visiting our site.


EDUCATIONAL MISSION


THE MISSION STATEMENT

Georgia Career Institute provides men and women the appropriate skills they need to enter and succeed in the industries of Beauty and Wellness. Our students graduate prepared to enter the workforce and meet the demands required of them ready to perform as complete professionals. In order to accomplish our Mission, our faculty, curricula, delivery methods, support resources and facilities are developed and maintained at a level of excellence that sets us apart from others in the marketplace.

Georgia Career Institute moves confidently into the future of career training by drawing from its rich tradition of nearly three decades of excellence graduating men and women with the best possible skills preparation for careers in the beauty and wellness industries.

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Accreditation Information

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Requirements for Admission

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The school admits as students only persons having one of the following:


  • A certificate of graduation from secondary education (High School Diploma)


  • General Education Diploma (GED)





Applicants seeking admission into an instructor training program must possess one of the previous certification AND have held a master cosmetology license in the state in which the applicant intends to teach (GA or TN) for at least 18 months. To contact us for assistance click here. After an interview, the prospective student completes an application for enrollment. The admissions process proceeds with the completion of any necessary pre-entrance forms. Accepted students will be notified of orientation for new students which is held before the start of classes and which provides the student with opportunities, regulations and policies of the school.

Former Students

Any former student who withdrew in good standing must meet the requirements of admission for transfer students. Any former student who was terminated by the school for reasons other than satisfactory academic progress will be readmitted only after showing cause to the school director that the reason for the original termination has been rectified. Each case will be reviewed by the school director in consultation with the student's former instructors. Students who were terminated by the school for reasons other than satisfactory academic progress and readmitted will be placed on probation for one month. Re-entering students will be charged a $100.00 re-entry fee.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgia Career Institute is committed to the principle of equal employment and educational opportunities for all. The School does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification or handicap in the administration of any educational program or activity, including participation in, or receiving the benefits of, admission to or employment in such programs or activities. Qualified handicapped persons will not be excluded from employment or participation in educational programs. The commitment to equal opportunity applies to all aspects of recruitment, employment, and education. GCI complies with nondiscrimination regulations under Title 45, Pt A6 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

MASSAGE THERAPY

Employment opportunities for entry-level licensed massage therapists exist in a broad range of settings such as: resort hotels, health spas, fitness centers, massage therapy clinics, chiropractic offices, plastic surgeon offices, physical therapy clinics, hospitals and wellness centers, cruise lines and sports settings. Additionally, many therapists develop their own private massage practices, and/or diversify their employment by working in a combination of these settings.



    PROGRAM OBJECTIVE:

    Through the massage Therapy Program, students develop the art of marrying science, assessment and massage techniques in a style that prepares them to practice in a variety of settings. The in-depth study of western modalities, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue and Medical Massage, integrated with a strong core of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology provides the students with a multi-faceted foundation.

    Courses in this program also include training in hydrotherapy, special populations, business and professional ethics, as well as allied modalities, an introduction to eastern modalities, including Thai Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. This curriculum contains a strong core of theory with an emphasis on practical hands on skills practiced in the classroom as well as in a supervised clinical setting.

    Georgia Career Institute prepares students to sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Exam (MBLEx). Upon passing the examination the graduate may apply for a state license.

    Please note: A high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma is required prior to taking the state board licensing examination.

    NAIL TECHNOLOGY

    Through the Nail Technology Program, students develop manicuring and pedicuring, nail art, wraps, nail tips, and sculptured nail skills. Also in this program, an introduction to basic Aromatherapy and Reflexology is included. After graduating from the Nail Technician Program, students are prepared to take the State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination which consists of a written exam and a practical exam. This program is offered in both day and evening schedules.



      Course Descriptions:


    • SANITATION AND DISINFECTION
    • LAB, ETHICS, CHARM AND RETAIL
    • NAIL STRUCTURE AND COMPOSTITION
    • DISEASES AND DISORDERS
    • MANICURE
    • PEDICURE
    • SCULPTURED NAILS
    • TIPS AND OVERLAYS
    • FILL-INS
    • NAIL ART
    • PARAFFIN TREATMENT
    • COMPETITION AND ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
    • REMOVAL AND REPAIR(Drill not included in the 600hr program)

    Please note: A high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma is required prior to taking the state board licensing examination.

    ESTHETICS

    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 becomes more aware of the importance of this vital organ, the esthetics industry is booming. Every day, more and more of us are seeking treatment and instruction in the care of our skin.

    The Esthetics Program at Georgia Career Institute prepares students for a career in skin care and for the licensing examination of the Georgia or Tennessee Boards of Cosmetology. This program is offered in both day and evening schedules at our main campus in Georgia and our branch campuses in Tennessee.



      The Esthetics Program is divided into two phases:

    • Pre-Clinic Freshmen (250 Clock Hours)
    • Clinic Seniors (750 Clock Hours in Ga
      500 Clock Hours in TN)


    • Students will cover the following topics:


      Pre-Clinic Freshman Topics:

    • PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
    • SCIENCES
    • BUSINESS PRACTICES
    • SPA/SALON MANAGEMENT
    • THE FACIAL

    • Clinic Senior Topics:

    • CLINIC/SALON OPERATIONS
    • ETHICS
    • BODY TREATMENTS
    • USE OF MACHINES
    • MAKE-UP APPLICATIONS
    • HAIR REMOVAL
    • ADVANCED PROCEDURES

    Please note: A high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma is required prior to taking the state board licensing examination.

    COSMETOLOGY

    This program is offered at all campuses.

    The Cosmetology Program is designed to prepare students for careers in the beauty industry with skills necessary for haircutting, hairstyling, permanent waving, coloring, manicures, pedicures and basic skin care.

    Successful graduates are qualified to take the state board exam for a cosmetology license. This program is 1,500 clock hours in length and offered in a day and evening schedule.



      The Cosmetology Program is divided into three phases:

    • Pre-Clinic Freshmen (300 Clock Hours)
    • Intermediate (600 Clock Hours)
    • Clinic Seniors (600 Clock Hours)


    • Students will cover the following topics:


    • Professional Image
    • Permanent Waving
    • Bacteriology
    • Wet Hairstyling
    • Hair Color
    • Manicure/Pedicure
    • Cutting
    • Artificial Nails
    • Chemical Relaxers
    • Soft Curl Perm
    • Fingerwaves
    • Facials
    • Sanitation &
      Infection Control
    • Shampooing &
      Conditioning

    Please note: A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma is required prior to taking the state board licensing examination.

    Massage TherapyGCI.edu


    Swedish Massage Gentle pressure is used to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. Swedish Massage is best known for it's smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. The pressure used can range from light to firm; 60 min. session $35.00
    Deep Tissue Massage This type of massage incorporates several modalities that are aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue is usually done very slowly. The slower the movement, the more it penetrates to the deeper muscles; 60 min. session $35.00
    Foot Reflexology The practice of massaging or pressing on parts of the feet with the goal of encouraging beneficial effects on other parts of the body or to improve overall health. 30 Min session $25.00
    Essential Oil Add-on Add the use of essential oils to any of our listed massages, excluding prenatal. $25.00
    Foot Scrub Add-on $5.00

    Packages


    2 Massage Sessions Pick any two of our non-specialty massages for a special price of $60. $60.00
    4 Massage Sessions Pick any four of our non-specialty massages for a special price of $100. $100.00

    Specialty Massages:


    Prenatal Massage   Prenatal massage is performed with the client in a side lying position surrounded by pillows to help support both mother and fetus. It can be a purely relaxing massage or a session concentrating on specific issues; 60 min session $40.00
    Thai Massage on the Table A massage that uses gentle pressure on energy lines and yoga-like stretching to relax the whole body on a deeper level; 60 min. session $40.00

    Professional Spa:


    60 min. Customized Session Customized massage that will focus on clients needs during a 60 min. session $45.00
    90 min. Customized Session Customized massage that will focus on clients needs during a 90 min. session $65.00
    2 Hour Customized Session Customized massage that will focus on clients needs during a 120 min. session $85.00
    Hot Stone Massage* This massage is performed using heated basalt stones. The heat from the stones is transferred to the body and warms the tissue to allow ease of muscle movement. 60 min. session $60.00

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    Simple Manicure $10.00
    Simple Pedicure $15.00
    Simple Mani/Pedi Package $20.00
    Spa Manicure Fill In $12.00
    Spa Pedicure $17.00
    Spa Mani/Pedi Package $25.00
    Gel Polish Add-on Addition of gel polish to any single nail service $8.00
    Gel Manicure/Pedicure Package $35.00
    Gel Removal $6.00
    Gel Sealer Add-on Addition of Gel Top coat to any single nail service $3.00
    French Polish Addition of French Polish to any single nail service $5.00
    Hot Oil Cuticle Treatment Addition of Hot Oil to any single nail service $5.00
    Nail Art (each) $2.00
    Nail Repair (each) $3.00
    Paraffin Add-on Addition of paraffin to any single nail service $5.00
    Polish Change $5.00
    Silk Wraps $25.00
    Footlogix Rehab Pedicure $25.00
    Footlogix Rehab Pedicure - Series of 3 $55.00
    Foot Detox $25.00
    Foot Detox - Series of 6 $125.00

    Acrylic:


    Gel Polish Removal Full Set Pink/White $30.00
    Full Set Natural $20.00
    Full Set Fill-in $12.00
    Acrylic Overlay For natural nails $15.00
    Acrylic Removal Soak Off $10.00

    Skin TherapyGCI.edu

    Facials

    The Pink Apron Our Signature Facial; Includes: Skin Analysis, Facial and Décolleté` Cleanse, Manual Exfoliation, Steam, Extractions, Massage, Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $30.00
    Acne Facial All products designed for Acneic skin; Skin Analysis, Facial and Décolleté` Cleanse, Chemical Exfoliation, Steam, Extractions, Massage, Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $35.00
    Brightening Facial All products designed for Hyperpigmentation; Skin Analysis, Facial and Décolleté` Cleanse, Chemical Exfoliation, Steam, Extractions, Massage, Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $35.00
    Face Lift Facial All products designed for mature skin; Skin Analysis, Facial and Décolleté` Cleanse, Chemical Exfoliation, Steam, Massage, Skin Lifting Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $50.00
    Express Facial 30 Min. Facial- Cleanse, exfoliate, mask, tone, moisturize $15.00
    Microderm Facial Skin Analysis, Facial Cleanse, Crystal or Diamond tip Microdermabrasion, Extractions, Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $50.00
    Microderm Facial-Series of 5 Skin Analysis, Facial Cleanse, Crystal or Diamond tip Microdermabrasion, Extractions, Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $225.00
    Facial Sculpting* Cleanse, Exfoliate, Sculpting treatment (Microcurrent or Synergy), Mask, Tone, and moisturize face for tightening and toning effect. $50.00
    Oxygen Facial Facial Customizable depending on need; Skin Analysis, Facial and Décolleté` Cleanse, Chemical Exfoliation, Steam, Specialty serum, Massage, Mask, Tone, and Moisturize $50.00
    Moisturizing Facial Facial Customizable depending on need; Skin Analysis, Facial and Décolleté` Cleanse, Manual Exfoliation, Steam, Massage, Mask, Tone, Moisturize, and Paraffin mask. $35.00
    Specialty Machine add-on Addition of high frequency machine, Galvanic, Ultra Sonic, Hot/Cold Hammer, or Skin Scrubber. $5 add-on per machine $5.00

    Body Treatments

    Body Sculpting* Cleanse, Exfoliate, treatment (Microcurrent or Synergy), Mask, Tone, and moisturize body for tightening and toning effect. Two specific areas of tightening and toning established through consultation. $50.00
    Body Sculpting: Series of 5* Cleanse, Exfoliate, treatment (Microcurrent or Synergy), Mask, Tone, and moisturize body for tightening and toning effect. Two specific areas of tightening and toning established through consultation. $250.00
    Fully Body Exfoliation Body scrub applied and removed, followed by lotion application. $25.00
    Aromatherapy Body Wrap Full body wrap in an essential oil blend. $40.00
    Skin Purifying Body Wrap Full body wrap in mud or algae. $40.00
    Back Treatment Cleanse, Manual exfoliation, Massage, steam, mask, tone, moisturize, and paraffin mask on the back. $15.00
    Spray Tan $20.00
    Spray Tan - Series of 5 $75.00
    Ear Candling Hollow candle used to remove excess wax in the ear. $15.00

    Hair Removal

    Lip Choice of Wax, threading, or sugaring $5.00
    Chin Choice of Wax, threading, or sugaring $5.00
    Brow Choice of Wax, threading, or sugaring $7.00
    Full Face includes 3 areas; Choice of wax, threading, or sugaring $15.00
    Bikini Choice of Wax or sugaring; hair removal of bikini area only $20.00
    Arm Choice of Wax or Sugaring $15.00
    Full Leg Choice of Wax or Sugaring $30.00
    Half Leg Choice of Wax or Sugaring; From the knee down. $15.00
    Stomach/Chest Wax Choice of Wax or Sugaring; Hair removal of Stomach and Chest area $25.00
    Back Choice of Wax or Sugaring; Hair removal of back and shoulders $25.00
    Underarm Choice of wax or sugaring. $10.00
    Perfect Brows Choice of Wax, threading, or sugaring & tinting of eyebrows $10.00

    Lashes

    Band/Strip Lashes $8.00
    Individual Lashes Individual lash application; Guaranteed for 24 hours. $15.00
    Individual Lash Fill-in/Removal Fill-in of lashes only; Must be within one week of previous lash service $8.00
    Lash Tinting $7.00
    Makeup Application Full face makeup application $10.00

    Hair CareGCI.edu

    Salon Services


    Haircut & Simple Style (Simple Style includes: Roller Set, Wrap, French Braid, Blow dry Style, simple front twists, fingerwaves) $12.00
    Shampoo & Simple Style (Simple Style includes: Roller Set, Wrap, Blow dry Style, French Braid, simple front twists, fingerwaves) $10.00
    Shampoo Only $5.00
    Men's Haircut Includes Line Cut/ Beard Trim $8.00
    Up-Do's** $35.00
    Pin-In Ponytail Shampoo, mold into ponytail, dryer time, additional hair pin-in. $15.00
    Thermal Style Add-on Addition of thermal heat to any simple style $10.00
    Specialty/spiral Set add-on Addition of smaller rods for setting hair, non-chemical $10.00
    Addition of smaller rods for setting hair, non-chemical Addition of deep conditioning treatment to any simple style $10.00
    Grid Twist** (No Micro-twists; minimum 1" base) $30.00
    Two Strand twist Two strand twists on the scalp; minimum 1" partings. $20.00

    Braiding Services

    Base charge for braiding services is $30.00

    Hair Addition Hair addition to braiding service $20.00
    Partings between 1/2"-1" No partings below 1/2" (addition) $10.00
    Braiding Design When hair is braided into a curvature or specialty formation (addition) $10.00
    Crochet Braids* A style of braiding that involves crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person’s natural hair with a latch hook or crochet hook. Additional hair not included. $50.00

    Texture Services

    Keratin Smoothing Treatment** A Keratin based treatment that temporarily reduces frizz and some curl for a straighter effect. Includes simple style. $60.00
    Virgin Relaxer** A chemical straightening treatment that permanently relaxes curl. Includes simple style. For new growth past 2" up to full head application. $40.00
    Re-touch Relaxer A chemical straightening treatment that permanently relaxes curl. Includes simple style; Up to 1" New Growth only. $30.00
    Partial Relaxer A chemical straightening treatment that permanently relaxes curl. Includes simple style; Only applied to nape area and edges. $15.00
    Permanent Waving** A chemical curl forming process that takes straight hair and alters it into a curly state. Desired curl size established during consultation. Includes simple style. $30.00
    Partial Permanent Waving** A chemical curl forming process that takes straight hair and alters it into a curly state. Desired curl size established during consultation; Designed for Top of head and Sides; Includes simple style. $15.00
    Specialty Permanent Waving** A chemical curl forming process that takes straight hair and alters it into a curly state. Choice of Piggyback Perm, Spiral Perm, Brick lay Perm, or Customized Perm. Desired curl size established during consultation. Includes simple style. $60.00
    Soft Curl System** A curl re-forming process that takes extremely curly hair and relaxes it into a manageable state, then reforms hair into a desired curl size. Includes simple style. $45.00

    Color Services

    Partial Highlights** Cap or Partial Foil; Up to 12 foils on top of head and sides $20.00
    Full Head Foils** Includes 1 color choice $30.00
    Color add-on Additional charge per color added to a color service $10.00
    Color Correction** The correction of unwanted color tones in the hair. Base price- prices will vary depending on the severity of the correction. $60.00
    Permanent Color Deposit** The depositing of color onto hair to achieve $30.00
    Permanent Color Retouch** Color deposit retouch on up to 1" of new growth. $20.00
    Full head Lightening Includes lightening and 1 toning service. $40.00
    Hair Glossing Add-on The process of adding a clear gloss to any hair service to add shine and manageability to dull hair. $10.00
    Jazzing/Beautiful Brown Collection Add-on Temporary/Semi-Permanent Rinse used to temporarily stain the hair cuticle. Can be added on to any hair service $10.00
    Men's Color Includes 1 color specifically designed for Men and a haircut; limited to hair above chin length. $15.00

    Hair Extensions

    Pricing for extensions established through consultation. Please call individual campus for availability.

    **Prices may increase depending on length, difficulty, hair texture, etc. Individual pricing given during consultation. Call for availability. Appointment strongly recommended.


    Student-

    "I couldn't imagine a better school for Cosmetology than Georgia Career Institute who've made my dreams come true!"

    Graduate-

    "I decided to go back to school and I chose GCI. It has been the best decision of my life. There are so many opportunities to learn it all."

    Student-

    "I more than recommend GCI. I'm a full time Cosmetology student and I have a feeling this is going to be the best time of my life."