Nail Technology

Are you looking for a career outside of traditional office jobs? One that lets you flex your creativity while developing relationships with clients? If so, consider a future as a nail technician, providing expert care to people’s nails and helping clients elevate their self-esteem.

Our Nail Technology program will teach you nail theory and the fundamental concepts of microbiology regarding nail care. You’ll learn proper nail and skincare services such as shaping fingernails and toenails with various nail files, removing unwanted cuticle skin and calluses. applying products, giving massages, sculpting nails, applying nail enhancements, and designing nail art. You’ll also study safety and sanitation , customer service skills, laws and regulations, marketing, and business practices.

By graduation, you’ll be prepared to take the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology licensing exam and start your career as a freelance nail technician, salon worker, or business owner.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.

GateWay is the only Maricopa Community College that offers a suite of Beauty & Wellness programs -- aesthetics, cosmetology, hair styling, massage, nail technician and a specialized program for practitioners who wish to eventually become beauty and wellness instructors. These programs are considered clock hour programs, which are non-credit training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. All have specific year-round start dates, and you attend classes four days a week, Monday-Thursday.

You will learn your skills by practicing on each other and/or eventually serving actual clients, all with instructor supervision. Instructors supervise and receive feedback from clients to make sure you are providing adequate service. The school has a salon open to the public and holds clinics often.

You have to pass the Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exams to receive your respective license to practice. Visit the state board's website for details.

Nail Technician

A nail technician is a trained professional who specializes in providing beauty-related services on nails. As a nail technician, you will perform manicures, pedicures, nail applications, and other beauty treatments performed by nail technicians. You will learn the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele; sanitation practices and requirements; and knowledge of state laws and business management skills specific to nail technicians. 

Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency but does not guarantee you a Nail Technician License in any state.


Program Location

Deer Valley

Program Cost Estimates

Certificate of Competency for Nail Technician: $4,665 | 600 hours / 7 months*

Certificate of Competency for Instructor: $2,125 | 350 hours/4-5 months*

*Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, student kit, lab, and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.