Nail Technology

Successful completion of the Nail Technology program prepares the graduate to take the West Virginia State Board examination necessary to obtain an entry level position as a manicurist or nail technician.

Evaluations of attendance and academic progress will be made cumulatively at approximately 200 hours and 400 hours or upon completion.

Subject and Hours Required

Nail Technology Program 400 Hours (30 hours per week for 13 weeks)

COURSE PURPOSE: To give students a broad knowledge of both the science and art of manicuring, and be able to use the knowledge as a foundation to be successful in that profession. Students will develop his/her physical dexterity and manipulative skills and develop loyalty and enthusiasm for the profession. Successful completion of the West Virginia Manicurist Program prepares the graduate to take the WV State Board examination that is necessary to obtain a license for an entry – level position as a manicurist.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Manicuring is the cosmetic treatment of the hands, feet, legs, arms and nails. The purpose of the cosmetic treatment is to improve the appearance of the hands, legs, arms, feet and nails. The student will learn a variety of skills in this program including manicures, pedicures, application of acrylic nails as well as decorative nail art. Practical performance demonstration and practice are employed in conjunction with the study of theory.

Subject | Hours Required

General Professional Information

  • Professional Development
  • Effective Communication
  • Human Relations
  • Business Management/Ownership
  • State Law
  • Sanitation in the Licensed Facility
  • Sanitation Processes and Guidance
  • First Aid
  • General Infection Control

Practical: 0 | Theory: 100

The Science of Nail Technology

  • Infection Control Specifically for Nail Technicians
  • General Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skin Structure and Growth
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Nail Diseases and Disorders
  • Basics of Chemistry
  • Nail Product Chemistry
  • Electricity

Practical: 10 | Theory: 64

Basic Procedures

  • Pre and Post Service Procedures
  • Handling and Exposure Incidents
  • Performing Basic Manicures and Pedicures
  • Hand, Arm, foot, and Leg Massage
  • Disinfecting Tools and Implements
  • Wraps, Tips, Paraffin, Wax Treatments
  • Polishing, UV Gel, and Design

Practical: 80 | Theory: 12

The Art of Nail Technology

  • Advanced Manicuring and Pedicuring
  • Electric Filing
  • Nail Tips and Wraps
  • Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancements
  • UV Gels
  • Creative Design

Practical: 113 | Theory: 21

Total hours 400

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: The methods of lecture, demonstration, drill, role-play, discussion, handouts, assignment sheets – job sheets, audio/visual aids, student participation, question and answer, and textbook/workbook will be used. All areas integrate theory so that the student will receive practical experience concurrently with theoretical knowledge at all levels of training in order that the students meets the State requirements for examination and the International Beauty School’s educational requirements prior to graduation. All areas include safety precautions and procedures pertaining to subject matter.

TEACHING STRATEGY: International Beauty School utilizes chalkboards, audio visual aids, and live models whenever possible. We strive to present new material in a manner to which the student may relate while giving special attention to slow learners. International Beauty School also encourages questions while explaining new words, terms, techniques, implements, and equipment. Students are required to take notes and participate in demonstrations.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Requires note taking drills, role-play, discussion, homework, and reading assignments, with hands on practice sessions and performance of laboratory services, as well as examinations/evaluations in practical and theory.

Nail Technology Program Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee: $100
Tuition For Complete Program: $3,900
(Tuition includes all books and supplies)

We offer flexible payment plans as well as financial aid for those who quality.

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Programs and Schedules

Classes are offered full-time, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30am – 4:15pm

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Career Opportunities and Job Placement

With a 72% placement rate, many of our students have been placed in professional salons. International Beauty School offers resume development, salon business classes, and job placement services.

Compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 668.6) governing the Administration of Higher Education Act Title IV program funds requires the following disclosures for each school, by program, SOC (Standard Occupational Classification Code), and CIP (Classification of Instructional Program) Code. You can access the occupational profile by clicking on the link below.

SOC/CIP Code 39-5092.00 (opens new window/tab)
Credential Level: 01 Undergraduate Certificates

On-time completion rate is 73%
The median loan debt is $4,223
The licensure rate is 81%

The International Beauty School uses the Milady Standard Nail Technology Text Book
Text: ISBN-13: 978-1-4283-4124-1