• Nail Technician

    Specialize in providing nail services to clients by completing the Nail Technician certificate program at M State.

Nail Technician

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Nail Technician

M State's 16-credit Manicurist certificate, offered on our Wadena campus, provides students with a thorough background in in all aspects of the job of a manicurist: dermatology; the structure, growth and health of the nail; chemistry as it relates to manicuring; and professional sanitation and safety procedures.

The program teaches skills including cleaning, conditioning, shaping, reinforcing, coloring and enhancing nails, as well as applying and repairing artificial nails. You'll learn through hands-on instruction, including in our busy campus cosmetology clinic.

The Board of Cosmetologists requires 350 hours of clinical time and passing a state exam to become licensed in the state of Minnesota.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Knowledge and technical procedures to performall manicuring skills proficiently
  • Ethical behavior and human relation skills related to patrons, employers and coworkers
  • Professionalism in the manicuring salon environment
  • State rules and regulations related to manicurist license holders
  • State of Minnesota sanitation and safety requirements
  • Evaluation of disorders or diseases that should be referred to a physician
  • Uses and safety requirements of all equipment and supplies in the manicuring salon
  • Preparation of chemical formulas necessary to perform nail services


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Nail Technician Certificate
Locations: Wadena

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Darlene Weibye

Cosmetology Faculty
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Required Nail Technician courses

  • Cosmetology Principles and Practices
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Minnesota Cosmetology Laws and Rules
  • Salon Practicum
  • Manicuring/Pedicuring
  • Advanced Nail Techniques

Last modified: June 19th, 2018 at 02:30pm