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COVID-19: Spring 2023 Semester Guidelines

Program Overview

The Nail Technician / Manicurist curriculum is designed to prepare students to become a licensed Nail Technician in North Carolina. The course provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/ artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the nail technician industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course Work Includes

  • Acrylic nails
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Business Skills
  • Disorders of the nail
  • Gel nails
  • Manicuring and Pedicuring
  • Nail art
  • Nail enhancements
  • Nail product chemistry
  • Nail wraps
  • OSHA safety regulations
  • Professional image
  • Sanitation and Disinfecting
  • Silk wraps

Frequently Asked Question's

  • Do I have to wear a uniform?
    • Navy scrubs, a black smock, black socks and black closed-toed shoes are required
  • Can I become licensed after completing the course?
    • Yes, upon successful course completion, the student must apply for temporary state license and also apply to sit for the state two-part examination.
    • Your nail technician career is under the oversight of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.
  • Where can I find more information about the state rules and regulations for nail Technicians?

Program Contacts:

Robin Minton

Director - Cosmetology

Workforce Certificate Courses

Nail Technician / Manicurist

COS-3101A Nail Technician / Manicurist

Registration Requirements:

  • Government issued photo ID – name must match Social Security card
  • Social Security card – name must match government issued photo ID


Skills Training Courses


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be eligible to sit for licensure through the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.

Program Costs

Item Cost
Nail Technician Course $183
Malpractice Fee $16
Textbook* $146 (price subject to change)
Nail Tech Kit* $440 (price subject to change)
Also required: navy scrubs, black shoes**, black socks, black smock Student’s purchase these items on their own
*May be purchased in College Bookstore.
**Shoes must be black and closed toe

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