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nail technician certificate


    Program Number: 97-502-1
    School Year: 2018-2019
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    Nail services are the ultimate in pampered hand and foot care. The Nail Technician Certificate is attractive to people with creativity, visual perception, and good interpersonal skills. Students develop nail technician skills in the classroom and simulated salon setting. Coursework covers laws, regulations, business management and ethics to help students who may want to start their own business.

    The 324-hour, 16-week certificate prepares students for the state licensing examination to practice as a manicurist. Classes are held in fall three days per week. Online coursework is required.

    Graduates of the certificate find employment in salons or may choose to open their own place of business.

    NOTE: 502-361 is a prerequisite to 502-362. 502-362 is a prerequisite to 502-363. Students must be accepted into the certificate to be eligible to enroll in the courses. Fees must be paid prior to program start. Class size is limited to a maximum of 16. No students will be accepted following the second class session.

    Approximate Costs

    • $134.20 per credit (resident)
    • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Career Opportunities

    • Manicurist
    • Nail Technician
    • Consultant
    • Sales

    Opportunities for Advancement

    Graduates are encouraged to continue their formal training; Moraine Park offers a 12–month Cosmetology technical diploma. Some certificate credits transfer into the technical diploma.

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.


    Semester 1
    502-361Nail Technician 13
    502-362Nail Technician 24
    502-363Nail Technician 32

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Students must purchase a nail kit and books for this program, available through the MPTC bookstores.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.