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Manicurist

If you are interested in becoming a professional manicurist, our one-year certificate program will prepare you for a successful career.

You will receive training in all aspects of nail care, including the application and removal of artificial nails and nail tips, various manicure and pedicure treatments, hand and feet massage techniques. You will also learn to use the modern nail care machines used in today’s salons.

In addition, safety and sanitation measures are stressed throughout the program, and you will prepare you to take the Washington State Examination in manicuring. You will also gain real-world experience in our student-operated salon, Inspirations.

Detailed Information

Physical requirements for the program include normal or corrected vision, able to work with arms at shoulder level for extended periods of time and able to sit for extended periods of time.

  1. Understand the various phases and levels of basic through advanced nail care.
  2. Know how to safely and correctly use modern nail care machines.
  3. Understand and demonstrate proper artificial nail application and removal process.
  4. Know specific first aid applications focused on nail care.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the state required practical examination for licensure.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the state required written examination for licensure.

Students enrolling in the Manicurist Certificate program will receive training in all aspects of nail care.  Areas of emphasis include the application and removal of artificial nails and nail tips; various manicure and pedicure treatments; hand and feet massage techniques; and all safety and sanitation measures involved with these processes.  Upon successful completion of the coursework, the student will be prepared to take the Washington State Examination in Manicuring.

Program Requirements:

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 in all professional classes to complete the program and pass exit exams with a minimum score of 2.5 to be prepared to take the Washington state licensing exam for manicurist.
  • Upon successful completion of the coursework, the student will be prepared to take the Washington State licensing exam for manicurist.
Physical Requirements:
  • Normal or corrected vision
  • Must be able to work with arms at shoulder level for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 32 - 33


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
COS 113
Manicuring Concepts I  
5
COS 114
Manicuring Applications I   1
10
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
COS 115
Manicuring Concepts II  
5
COS 116
Manicuring Applications II   1
9 - 10
COS 119
Advanced Manicuring Concepts  
1
COS 129
Advanced Manicuring Applications  
2
Total Credits
 
17-18
1 COS 114 and 116 may be substituted with COS 288 with the permission of the instructor. Washington State licensure requirements allow up to 10% of the student academic instruction to be met at an off campus site.

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition
$ 3,265
$ 3,899
$ 7,255
$ 2,547
Books
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Course Fees
$ 1,470
$ 1,470
$ 1,470
$ 1,470
Institutional Fees
$ 224
$ 224
$ 224
$ 224
Total Costs
$ 5,109
$ 5,743
$ 9,099
$ 4,391

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.