Manicuring/Nail Technology

Nail technicians perform manicures, pedicures and other beauty procedures to clients’ fingernails and toenails. These processes involve removing polish, cleaning, trimming, filing and buffing nails. They may also work to reduce calluses and massage and moisturize hands and feet. In addition to these services, technicians also discuss the various nail treatments with clients and recommend nail and skin care products.

The manicuring/nail technology program provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the nail technology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Graduates should be prepared to take the North Carolina Cosmetology State Board Licensing Exam, and upon passing, be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and nail salons, as a platform artist, and in related businesses.

Program Chair

Ronald Wolfe


College Station

Key skills include creativity, customer service, hand-eye coordination, and physical dexterity.

Employment of manicurists & pedicurists is projected to grow 10% from 2018 to 2028.

Manicurists & pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.

I have a great sense of accomplishment. I want to keep going at Rowan-Cabarrus and get a degree in business administration.
Kerry Case


I am excited to have completed this wonderful program with Rowan-Cabarrus. The wonderful Cosmetology faculty were amazing, thank you all so much for preparing me for the future!
Tabatha Heath