Nails-Station600 Total Hours

Length: 350 clock hours, (Plus 150 hours, safety and sanitation and 100 hours career development for a total of 600)

Description: Nails Technology is the study of nails and their associated structures, hand, foot, and nail diseases and disorders; as well as manicuring, pedicuring and artificial nail application and maintenance.

Format: Students progress through the course in four levels: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. To progress from one level to the next, students must complete the required hours, required operations, written evaluations and practical evaluations for each level.

Freshman level is three weeks and is spent in a classroom setting where students learn the basics in manicuring and nail extensions and practice on each other and models. Students are given written and practical evaluations at the end of each week.

After successful completion of the 3 weeks of freshman classes, students are assigned to the clinic floor to begin practice and practical skills and customer service skills. Once assigned to the clinic, students attend other classes each week.

Throughout the instruction, we teach a wide variety of classes on artificial nails, including fiberglass, acrylic, gel, and many others.

In addition to the above mentioned classes, students also attend half- and full-day classes at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels to increase their skills in both cosmetology and business and in preparation for written exams and for the state licensing exam.

Course Goals

  1. To qualify to take the Oregon State Board of Barber and Hairdressers National written exam, that covers the subjects of nail technology, pedicuring, manicuring, and artificial nails.
  2. To identify nail diseases and disorders.
  3. To perform tasks of Nail Technology in a proficient manner that will support the graduate in employment.
  4. To have an awareness of personal self worth, pride and professionalism.

Units of Instruction

Type Hours
Manicuring 40
Pedicuring 40
Nail Wrap Systems 20
Nail Diseases & Disorders 35
Anatomy & Chemistry 20
Repairs & Removal 25
Nail Tips & Artificial Nail Forms 60
Artificial Nail Fills 15
Hand & Foot Massage 35
Implements & Equipment 10
Discretionary Hours 50
Safety & Sanitation 150
Career Development 100
Total Hours 600

Textbook Disclosure


ISBN 13: 978-1-4283-4124-1

ISBN 13: 9781428359499

ISBN 10: 1428359508

General School and Course Information

Grading Procedures and Scale

Student grades will be based on theory assignments, theory exams, practical assignments and practical exams. Students must achieve a grade of C (75%) or better to be considered acceptable according to the following grading scale:

Grading Scale
A 90% to 100% Superior
B 80% to 89% Excellent
C 75% to 79% Satisfactory
F 74% or less Unsatisfactory


Hourly Breakdown of All Courses


Program Hair Esthetics Nails Safety & Sani. Career Total
H + E + N 1,450 250 350 150 100 2,300
H + E 1,450 250 150 100 1,950
H + N 1,450 350 150 100 2,050
H 1,450 150 100 1,700
E + N 250 350 150 100 850
E 250 150 100 500
N 350 150 100 600
B 1,100 150 100 1,350
C 1,000
 H = Hair Design, E = Esthetics, N = Nails Technology, B = Barbering, C = Cadet Instructor

All courses (except Cadet Instructor) each contain the required units of 100 hours of Career Development and 150 hours of Safety and Sanitation. If you have already completed one or more of the courses and want to return to complete another subject, you must complete at least the following hours, plus have an evaluation of your prior hours to credit to the Career Development and Safety & Sanitation requirements:

Gainful Employment

The occupational outlook for cosmetology careers is very promising. The salon industry continues to grow and continues to employ large numbers of professionals. In the latest national survey conducted for the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, there were 1,682,641 professionals employed in the nation’s 370,250 beauty salons, barber shops, skin care salons and nail salons. New employees were difficult to find. Approximately 3 out of every 4 salon owners that looked for new employees reported difficulty in finding new applicants. Recent trends indicate a steady demand for licensed professionals in the industry.

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