Nail Technology Course Outline

Description of Course

Nail Technology is defined as the study and practice in the care and beautification of the nails, hands, feet and arms. Course length is 600 hours and can be completed in as little as five months.

Course Goals

Our primary objective is to prepare students for the state licensing examination to become a gainfully employed licensed manicurist.

Manicuring Curriculum

Health Sanitation and Infection Control: 75 Hours

  • Preparing implements, table and patron in a manner which the Manicurist can perform in the safest, most sanitary method possible. Learning the various types of bacteria and the results of each.

Manicuring and Pedicuring: 200 Hours

  • The art of trimming, filing, buffing, and shaping the nails, removing and applying polish, loosening and trimming cuticles, hand and arm massage, proper use, care, and application of the artificial nails. Procedures for all types of manicures and pedicures.

Career Development: 49 Hours

  • Review of cosmetology laws, rules and regulations, requirements for a manicure salon, telephone and appointment book usage, ethical and safe conduct, proper and effective selling techniques, compensation and payroll deductions, etc.

Related Science: 75 Hours

  • The study of bacteriology, anatomy and physiology, as related to Manicuring training. The study of the structure of a nail, how it grows, as well as how to treat disorders of the nails. How to care for the skin of the hands and feet. Basic knowledge of the chemistry related to Manicuring.

Advanced Manicuring: 200 Hours

  • The art and techniques used to extend nails, correct misshapen or broken nails, and to strengthen natural nails. Instruction on correct product choice, use, and safety procedures.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training: 1 Hour

Grading Procedures for Cosmetology

Written and practical evaluations are made throughout the course. All students’ academic progress will be measured according to the following scale:

Grading Scale

Grading Scale 
Excellent94 – 100
Average80 – 93
Fair70 – 79
Failing69 and lower

Grades of less than 70% are not acceptable and must be brought up to an acceptable level (70% or higher). Retesting is available on Fridays. Progress reviews are performed monthly.

Instructional Methods

The clock-hour education program is provided through a sequential set of learning steps that address specific tasks necessary for State Board preparation, graduation, and entry-level job skills. Clinic equipment, implements, and products are comparable to those used in the industry. The program is presented through comprehensive lesson plans that reflect educational methods. Subject matter is presented by means of lecture, demonstration and interactive student participation. Audiovisual aids, activities, and other related learning methods are used for program delivery.