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Nail Technician Overview

CVTC’s Nail Technician program provides students an opportunity to gain a valuable understanding of nail trends, techniques and services that will give them an edge in the workplace. It’s also a great way for students to apply their artistic talents and develop specialized skills within a growing industry. Plus, the skills gained in this program can be applied to full or part-time employment, or used as a launch pad for a bright future in the field of cosmetology.

Students will gain hands-on experience creating the latest trends in addition to customer service skills that will provide a strong foundation for a rewarding and successful career in this component of cosmetology.

In this program you will learn about:

  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Acrylic nails
  • Gel nails
  • Gel polish
  • Market products
  • Salon sciences
  • Salon management
  • Retail sales/marketing

Career Opportunities

Hair Stylist

Nail Technician

Salon Stylist

Salon Customer Experience Specialist

Smartstyle Stylist

Graduate Employers

SahLan Nails & Spa

Just the Facts

Nail Technician
9 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Semester

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Eau Claire

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Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1






 Estimated Total: $2,085

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Nail Technician program.

Nail Technology
Hand and nail care, including nail enhancements, nail care, pedicures, and manicures. Fundamentals will include basic nail terminology, basic acrylics, basic nail design, product knowledge, and safety and sanitation practices.

Nail Salon Services
This course will provide students with hands-on training using the fundamentals of Nail Technology and Advanced Nail Technology, while practicing safety/sanitation procedures and professionalism. This course will be taught in a lab setting providing Nail Technology services to the public. Product knowledge and retail skills will also be practiced.

Salon Science 1
This is a one credit course covering the basic science concepts essential in the beauty industry such as: regulations for health and safety, principles of infection, preventing the spread of disease, basic anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, and systems, nail structures, growth, diseases and disorders, plus properties of light and electromagnetic waves.

Nail Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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67% of our recent Nail Technician graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Nail Technician professionals make an average starting salary of $23,467.


Regional Jobs

There are 49 job openings in the CVTC district for the Nail Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Cosmetology, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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