Cosmetology Department

Nail Care Program



About the Nail Care Program

Work in a salon or spa as a manicurist and launch a rewarding career in nail care. This career path offers real-world training in nail care, including hand and foot treatments, nail designs, and nail repairs. You will take classes specifically designed to help you pass the California State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination for manicurists.

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Program Paths

Nail Care


Nail Care

Department Certificate

The Nail Care program provides students with professional-level skill in manicures, pedicures, nail tips, acrylics, gel nails, and 3-D nail art. Additionally, students will become proficient in health and safety procedures commonly practiced in salons and spas. Upon completion, the student will be eligible to take the State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering/NIC Manicure licensure exam.

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Our Cosmetology program is designed to have students' career ready. Consider scheduling an appointment with a career advisor with knowledge of the cosmetology profession to discuss internship and jobs as well as steps you can take to become job ready.

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