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Nail Technician

Nail Technician students working in the lab

Idaho LAUNCH Eligible Program

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.


Graduates Employed or Continuing Education Five-Year Average


Idaho Median Income


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Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday 10-4, Tuesday 8-4, Wednesday 10-4, Thursday 8-4, Friday 8-4
  • Program admits 10 students each semester

Degree Options

Nail Technology Basic Technical Certificate (.5 year)

Career Opportunities

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

Attendance and Hours for Nail Technology

Nail technology students are required to log a minimum of 250 hours each 8 weeks.  If the minimum of 250 are not obtained the student cannot not move onto the 2nd 8 week section.  Students must also be passing with a minimum 75% grade to move to the next section.  Missing either one will result in the student returning and repeating the section.  The 8 week  sections have  more hours than the minimum needed to move on to the next 8 week section. Any extra hours are to be used at the discretion of the student.