Dalton Institute of  Esthetics ​and Cosmetology Nail Technician

Nail Technician


OVERVIEW


Nail Technician Program

The Nail Technician program (600 clock hours) includes the technical instruction phase and the opportunity for the student to acquire the necessary skills in Manicure, Pedicure, and all types of artificial nails through practical applications developed under the supervision of the school’s instructors.


Practical Applications

Courses Required Hours
Theory 140
Sanitizing and Disinfection of Tools, Implements, and Equipment 5
Manicure with Hand and Forearm Massage 70
Pedicure with Foot and Leg Massage 60
Nail Sculpting  60
Artificial Tip Application with Overlay  60
Nail Wrapping  20
UV Gel Nails 20
Fill-in Application 40
Artificial Nail Removal/Nail Repair 10
Professional Nail Drill Usage 5
Nail Art Techniques  5
Airbrush Nail Art 5
Paraffin Treatments on Hands and Feet 5
Student Competition: Advanced Techniques and Related Subjects 20
The State Board Requirements 75
Total Hours required 600


Objectives

1. To develop knowledge, understanding, skill, and appreciation in the theory and operation of nail arts & sciences.

2. To engage in optimal sanitation routines during routine practice to protect clients from unnecessary exposure to harmful microorganisms

3. Master various basic and advanced nail care techniques to meet industry standards, demands, and new treatments.

4. To understand the importance of the client relationship and individualized treatment.

5. To help the student prepare for the state board examinations to obtain a license to practice.

6. To prepare students for entry-level jobs in their professional careers. 


Course Format/Instructional Methods

Our instructors present the course materials through lectures, visual aids, games, guest speakers, competitions, etc. This course prepares the student to pass the state board and excel in the beauty industry. 


Grading System

Student Academic Progress (i.e., evaluation on theory, practical, and clinical work will be evaluated throughout the program and reviewed at specific clock hour mid-points specific to each program. Each student is expected to achieve a minimum grade point and attendance average of 70%. The grading system shall be as follows:

100 - 90% A (Excellent)
89.9 - 80% B (Above Average)
79.9 – 70% C (Satisfactory)
69.9% D Below F (Failing).

Student grades will be calculated based on a combination of theory and practical exam scores earned in each unit of study.


Graduation Requirements

(i) documented attendance for the total hours of instruction contracted in the program under state law requirements.

(ii) have an overall GPA of 70% or above.

(iii) tuition contract and course costs are fulfilled (payment plan established, if necessary.


Physical Demands

It consists of sitting for long periods and consistently using arms and hands.


Safety Requirements

Consist of the ability to read and follow manufacturer’s directions for all chemicals and products.

Prolonged exposure to some nail chemicals may cause irritations so that protective clothing may be needed. 


Earnings Potential

According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, nail Techs can earn an average entry-level wage of $47,850. Statistics from the US Department of Labor also state that Nail Technology is an exploding field with anticipated growth of 28% during the next decade, which will offer unlimited opportunities for technicians.


Licensing Requirements

Once the course is completed, one must have 2 picture IDs and a money order for $109.00 to be submitted to PSI, Inc. to schedule a test. The graduate is then sent a letter from the testing agency, which informs him or her of where and when the test is scheduled based on the noted preference when the form was submitted. Once the test is completed, the results are sent to the graduate, the board, and the school.


Required Courses

Course Name Hours Chapters Covered

NAIL 100
ONLINE ONLY Introduction to the Beauty Industry 

60 1, 2, 3, 4,
20, 21 ,22
NAIL 110
*ONLINE ONLY*
General Sciences I 
80 6, 7, 8, 9
NAIL 120
Junior Applications of Nail Technology 
140  5, 13, 14
NAIL 200
CLINIC FLOOR 
50  Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications
NAIL 210
General Sciences II 
20 10, 11, 12
NAIL 220
Artificial Nails
70  15, 16, 17
NAIL 230
State Board Prep Introduction 
30  N/A
NAIL 300
Advanced Applications
 70 18, 19
NAIL 310
CLINIC FLOOR
 50  Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications
NAIL 320
State Board Prep
 30 N/A

 

Nail Technician Curriculum

SOC Code: 39-5092 | CIP Code: 12.0410

Level 1

Instruction shall be provided by a licensed master cosmetology instructor or licensed nail technician instructor. Each school or licensed instructor shall require each student to successfully complete one hundred forty (140) hours of Level 1 training before the student performs clinical services on a client/patron. For the purposes of this Rule, one (1) theory hour equals one (1) clock hour for the first one hundred forty (140) hours of training, which are intended to be theoretical in nature.

1.Theory = 140

140 theory hours / 140 clock hours

(i) personal hygiene, professional ethics, and customer relations;

(ii) cleansing and disinfection, public health and safety, infection control and bacteriology;

(iii) AIDS, HIV, and other communicable diseases;

(iv) EPA, OSHA, other government standards, blood spill procedure;

(v) physiology and anatomy, including that of the hands, arms, feet, and legs;

(vi) the art of massage and massage techniques, introduction to reflexology;

(vii) nail composition and structure, nail disorders and nail diseases;

(viii) chemistry, including product knowledge, composition, usage, safety, and hazardous materials;

(ix) methods and procedures and implements, including their usage and safety;

(x) salon business;

(I) salon development and business operations;

(II) client consultations;

(III) business development;

(IV) marketing, advertising, and retailing;

(V) career/business planning, including preparation for interviews, resume writing, and goal setting; and

(xi) Georgia State Board of Cosmetology laws and rules, a copy of which shall be provided to students.


Level 2 service application hours on live subjects may begin when a student has completed the one hundred forty (140) required theory hours in the Level 1 curriculum, with a minimum passing score of seventy-five percent (75%). The student may then progress to the clinic floor to perform 385 service application hours on live subjects (hours and applications apply to a full set only). The Level 2 service application curriculum shall be as follows:


1. Sanitizing and Disinfection of Tools, Implements, and Equipment = 5

5 service application hours / 10 applications

   (i) implements (brushes, tools, and nail care implements) – (3 service application hours / 6 applications); and

   (ii) manicure stations, pedicure spas, beds and equipment – (2 service application hours / 4 applications).


2. Manicure with hand and forearm massage (basic, hot oil, and various spa manicures) = 70

70 service application hours / 70 applications

3. Pedicure with foot and leg massage (basic and various spa pedicures) = 60

60 service application hours / 60 applications

4. Nail Sculpting = 60

60 service application hours / 30 applications

5. Artificial tip application with overlay = 60

60 service application hours / 30 applications

6. Nail wrapping (silk, linen, etc. on natural nails only) = 20

20 service application hours / 20 applications

7. UV Gel Nails = 20

20 service application hours / 20 applications

8. Fill-in application = 40

40 service application hours / 40 applications

9. Artificial nail removal/nail repair = 10

10 service application hours / 20 applications

10. Professional nail drill usage with professional drill designed for fingernails only = 5

5 service application hours / 10 applications

11. Nail art techniques = 5

5 service application hours / 5 applications

12. Airbrush nail art = 5

5 service application hours / 5 applications

13. Paraffin treatments on hands and feet = 5

5 service application hours / 10 applications

14. Student competition: advanced techniques and related subjects = 20

20 service application hours / 20 applications

15. Additional UBA instruction = 75

The state board requires a practice of 525 hours per student for the nail technician program. USA Beauty Academy has increased our hours to 600 in total. We have made this increase in order to allow the students to have the extra hands-on practice to learn nail art & design as well as any new nail techniques which may have arisen during that period of time.

Graduates in this industry have gone on to work as a nail technician in a salon or spa; they can become a retail specialist, a platform artist, a school owner, a salon owner, industry representatives, etc. (Please note that no job can ever be guaranteed).


Nail Technician Instructor Curriculum

SOC Code: 25-1194 | CIP Code: 12.0413


The curriculum in a cosmetology or nail care school for an instructor training course must be completed within four (4) months and totaling 250 credit hours of training as stated below. For the purposes of this Rule, (1) credit hour equals one (1) clock hour.

(1) Persons receiving nail care instructor training in a cosmetology or nail care school shall spend all of their training time under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor and shall not be left in charge of students or school at any time without the direct supervision of a licensed instructor.

(2) Persons receiving instructor training are not permitted to perform clinical services on a patron for compensation, either by appointment or otherwise. Persons receiving instructor training shall be furnished a teacher’s training manual.

(3) The curriculum in a cosmetology or nail care school for an instructor training course must be completed within four (4) months and totaling 250 credit hours of training as stated below. For the purposes of this Rule, (1) credit hour equals one (1) clock hour.


A. General Education = 100

100 credit/100 clock hours

Cosmetology and Barber Laws and rules = (25) – (25 credit/25 clock hours); and

Principles of teaching nail care = (75) – (75 credit/75 clock hours).


B. Teaching techniques and audiovisual aids = 75

75 credit/75 clock hours

Curriculum development;

Lesson plans and presentations;

Classroom management and discipline;

Demonstrations and Theory lectures; and

Various methods of evaluation.


C. Practice teaching = 75

75 credit/75 clock hours

Graduates in this industry have gone on to work as instructors in a cosmetology school, provide continuing education classes.