Nails Specialty

Clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails

Program Objective:

The mission of the Nails Specialty program is to prepare students for employment as a Licensed Nail Specialist. Instruction is designed to qualify students for employment upon successfully obtaining a Nails Specialist License.

Program Content:

The content includes, but is not limited to communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills; safe and efficient work practices; Florida cosmetology law and rules. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the cosmetology industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying technological principles, labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues.

Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with chemicals, implements, and equipment appropriate to the programs’ content and in accordance with safety and sanitation practices in the trade.

The program includes:

  • Acquisition of knowledge of the nails specialist as it relates to nail and skin structure and growth
  • Bacteriology
  • Infection Control: Principal and Practices
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Art of Make-up
  • Development of skill in performing manipulative and electrical techniques required in the practice of the nails specialist occupations
  • Skills Taught includes Spa Manicure and Pedicure, Acrylic Extension, Gel Extension and Nail Art

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program

  • Occupational Interest

Completion Requirements:

This program consists of one occupational completion point.

OCP AManicurist and Pedicurist180 Hours
Total Hours: 180

Employment Opportunities:

  • Salon or Day Spa Nail Technician
  • Destination Spa or Cruise Ship Nail Technician
  • Manicurist and/or Pedicurist Technician
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Beauty Supply Salesperson
  • Nail Art and Design Technician

Employment Requirements:

  • Complete a esthetics program of 260 hours

  • Complete a HIV/AIDS Initial licenser exam

  • Obtain a state license in Nails Specialty


According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Manicurist and Pedicurist was $33,249 annually or $16.00 per hour.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)

  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)

  • $15.00 application fee per trimester

  • Material fee – $25.00

  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester

  • Liability insurance fee – $10.50

  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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