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Nail Technician

Specialize as a manicurist and learn the importance of good nail care

Due to an extensive waitlist, this program is currently not accepting ADULT applications at the Rockwell Campus for any daytime offerings (AM, PM, or Fulltime). If you would like to be contacted when this application re-opens for adults, please complete this form OR check back to our website at a later date. If you are interested in our Evening Program at the Rockwell Campus, you may still apply today. If you are interested in this program at another campus, you may still apply for that campus for any available timeslot.

For both men and women, a good manicurist goes a long way toward good health in the hands and feet. Nail technician students prepare for this specialty service career through both classroom learning and in the on-campus salons, where they get the chance to work with real clients.

Students learn massage techniques; arm, hand, leg and foot anatomy; manicuring; pedicuring; and various artificial nail applications.

Upon completion of this program, students qualify to take the State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering exam for licensing as a manicurist/nail technician. Already licensed nail technicians can take our Master Educator course and help other aspiring technicians add their own creativity to this specialized service.


Employment Opportunities

Day spas, cruise ships, schools, educational facilities, professional product companies, beauty salons.

About this Occupation

Nail technicians perform detailed work with their hands and eyes. Safe practices are warranted as they often work with chemicals and must maintain high sanitation standards. The work environment is fast-paced, so self-motivation and strong time-management skills are important. In addition, technicians must be able to communicate in a professional manner, work independently and as part of a team, establish rapport with clients and colleagues, and maintain high standards of quality and customer service.

Francis Tuttle


Learn from Experienced Instructors

Cathy Stevenson

Esthetics/Nails Instructor

Cathy Stevenson teaches the Nail and Esthetic programs at the Rockwell Campus.

Margo Skinner

Esthetics/Nails Instructor

Margo Skinner is a full circle Francis Tuttle instructor. She attended Francis Tuttle as a student in the Esthetics & Nail program. While attending, she competed in the Skills USA competition placing first in the state for both esthetics and nails, then went on to win 3rd place at the national level. She is very passionate about helping students achieve the same level of accomplishments in their chosen program. Along with working in the beauty industry as a nail technician, esthetician and makeup artist, she had a rewarding career as a teacher’s assistant for Putnam City Schools for many years. Margo is passionate about the industry she is training students to enter and holds an expectation of herself and her students to do their very best. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree and encourages her students to seek education and further their knowledge as well.

Regina Roberts

Nail Tech Instructor - Rockwell

Regina Roberts teaches the Nail Tech program at the Reno Campus.