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Idaho State University

Nail Technician

Nail Technician students working in the lab

Program Description

Imagine spending each day immersed in your dream job. Come explore your inner-artist with a career in the creative and fast-growing industry of nail technology.

At the ISU Nail Technician Program, you will learn the art of manicures, pedicures, nail extensions, and nail sculpting. ISU Nail Technology program will provide you with additional techniques to enhance your chosen career and future. 

The program includes theory and practical applications related to all aspects of nail care including:

  • Nail disorders
  • Nail structure
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures
  • Artificial nail application

Classes include lecture, hands-on demonstration, audio/video, and professional guest presentations.  Our curriculum includes business and professional training to complement the practical skills that you practice and master in the program. Students in the Nail Technology program are eligible for financial aid.

After completing our program, students are prepared to take the state licensing exam and begin a creative, successful career.

Our team members will encourage you every step of the way helping you find success in this highly competitive and deeply rewarding industry.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 10 students each year

Degree Options

Nail Technology Basic Technical Certificate (.5 year)

Career Opportunities

  • Salon ownership
  • Beauty salons and spas
  • Retails/sales
  • Platform artists for companies

Minimum Test Scores

SAT English: 360 Math: 310
ACT English: 14 Math: 12
ALEKS   Math: 8
AccuPlacer English: 232