Nail Technician

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This major is subject to space availability and pre-requisite approval.

This major prepares students to become licensed nail technicians who provide manicures, pedicures, nail coloring, and nail extensions to customers. Students receive classroom instruction on composition, disorders and diseases of the nails and skin as well as hands-on training in the basic fundamentals of manicures and pedicures, artificial nails, and nail art. Included are salon development and cosmetology laws, rules, and regulations. To obtain state licensing, students must complete 600 hours of instruction and pass the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology written and practical exams. High school students may spend additional hours in training beyond the school year to meet state licensing requirements and for program completion within one year.

Entrance Requirements

The student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age by November 1st of the current year
  • submit completed student registration application accompanied by a fee of $5.00 (must be a Money Order) before attending class
  • submit proof of at least eighth grade education or equivalency or submit proof of satisfactorily passed and ability to benefit exam
  • submit, if under 18 years of age, a photocopy of birth certificate or other legal proof of age
  • submit 2”x3” current full-face photograph of the applicant as requested on registration form. A current photograph is one taken within the last six months


Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.


High School Student: Free. Adult Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Adult Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Adult Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Nail Technician
Artificial Nails 160
Cosmetology Laws, Rules & Regulations 40
Introduction to Nail Technology 40
Manicures 80
Nail Art 60
Nail Structure: Composition, Disorders & Diseases 60
Pedicures 80
Salon Development 80
Total Hours 600
Estimated time to complete (Full Time) .57 years
Estimated time to complete (Half Time) 1.14 years


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Nail Technician

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization:



Adults (Half Time) 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM; Adults (Full Time) 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:45-3:45 PM; High School Students 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options:

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist – Approximate Pay Potential: $7.92-16.15/Hour. (source:

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