Manicuring/Nail Technology Certificate

Manicuring/Nail Technology
Program Code: C55400

Manicuring/Nail Technology Certificate

The Manicuring/Nail Technology curriculum provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the nail technology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Coursework includes instruction in all phases of professional nail technology, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other related topics.

Graduates should be prepared to take the North Carolina Cosmetology Board Licensing Exam and upon passing be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and nail salons, as a platform artist, and in related businesses.

The Mountain Tech Spa, an on-campus spa facility, provides practical experience for Manicuring/Nail Technology students under the direction of College faculty.

The Manicuring/Nail Technology program is approved by the:
North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
1207 Front Street, Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27609


Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. Submission of proper documentation is required by the Spa Therapies and Operations Department and the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners prior to class start. Required documentation includes Hepatitis B record, current government-issued photo ID showing date of birth, and social security card (or tax ID card or student visa information).
  3. Completion of required Hepatitis B vaccine. The first dose is to be completed by the first day of class. Second Hepatitis B vaccine is to be completed at least one month after the first dose. The third dose must be completed six months after the first.
  4. Manicuring/Nail Technology students must clock out when leaving the laboratory. To earn hours, students must be physically present in the laboratory.
  5. Students should be physically able to use manicuring/nail technology equipment and safely use manicuring/nail technology products with or without reasonable accommodations and be comfortable working directly with chemicals found in products used in the manicuring/nail technology industry.

Specific Requirements

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BUS, CIS, and COS

Courses in this program

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This course introduces basic computer usage for non-computers majors. Emphasis is placed on developing basic personal computer skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic computer applications.

This course covers techniques of nail technology, hand and arm massage, and recognition of nail diseases and disorders. Topics include OSHA/safety, sanitation, bacteriology, product knowledge, salesmanship, manicures, artificial applications, pedicures, massage, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently perform nail care, including manicures, pedicures, massage, decorating, and artificial applications in a salon setting.

Course Code Course Credit Hours Link to course details

This course provides an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship. Topics include self-analysis of entrepreneurship readiness, the role of an entrepreneur in economic development, legal problems, organizational structure, sources of financing, budgeting, and cash flow. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and issues faced by entrepreneurs.

This course covers advanced techniques of nail technology and hand and arm massage. Topics include OSHA/safety, product knowledge, customer service, salesmanship, artificial applications, nail art, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competence necessary for the licensing examination, including advanced nail care, artificial enhancements, and decorations.

Total Credit Hours Required:

Curriculum is based on the 2023-24 catalog.

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