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This course of study is 400 hours, and includes all phases of manicuring, as well as the study of and application of artificial and sculptured nails. The course includes history, contemporary methods, techniques, and products and chemicals used by the manicurist/nail technician in salon services.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will have met the Missouri State Board requirements to take the examination for a license to practice the art of manicuring and will have:

  • 1. The ability to perform manicure and pedicure services in a professional salon;
  • 2. The ability to use professional chemical products correctly for the safety of the consumer;
  • 3. Knowledge of basic salon business, professional ethics, and state law.


Instructional Methods

A combination of audio-visual, classroom demonstrations, participation sessions, lectures, product guest artists, and supervised clinic experiences are used throughout training.


Content of Instruction

Introduction to manicuring 70 clock hours
Professional ethics 30 clock hours
Sanitation, Sterilization, Bacteriology 50 clock hours
Artificial and sculptured nails 70 clock hours
Diseases and disorders of the nail & skin 30 clock hours
Anatomy & Physiology 20 clock hours
Basic salon business 40 clock hours
Missouri state law 20 clock hours
Basic chemistry 40 clock hours
Review and written/practical examination 30 clock hours





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