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Nail Technology


This off campus course is open to students to attend a state-approved school of nail technology.  Students will develop good communication skills, time management, and an eye for detail.  Emphasis will be placed on all aspects of nail care, nail problems, artificial nails, and nail products.  There is a student fee for this course and students must provide their own transportation.  This program is located in Lemont.


The primary purpose of the Nail Technology course is to train the student in basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, Workplace skills and desirable attitudes necessary for entry level positions as a Nail Technician or related career avenue. We help students learn to recognize and improve the condition of nails and skin using the latest nail technology


The nail technology course consists of instruction of both theoretical and practical skill development required for licensure. Students are graded on theory assignments along with practical laboratory activities.  Students must complete general theory curriculum which demonstrates competence in both theory and practical skills before being allowed to participate in laboratory activities. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the course.



Topical Tests
Workbook/Class Assignments
Hands-on Tasks
Clinical Assignments


Course Outline

General Theory        85 hours
Finish Anatomy, Nail Tips, Nail Wraps, Acrylics, Gels, and Nail Art        65 hours
Client Consultation, Selling, Business Practices, Clinical Experience     150 hours
Clinical Experience        50 hours

350 hours which follow the State of Illinois requirements for Nail Technology

Knowledge and Skills in these Academic areas:


  • add, subtract, multiply, & divide positive and negative numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • calculate ratios, proportions and rates


  • read and comprehend at technical level
  • can determine cause and effect relationships
  • understand multiple step instructions
  • decode words


  • focus on the clear communication of content


  • understanding chemical components
  • introduction to human anatomy in relation to hair, nails, muscles, etc..

Skills and Abilities in:

Reasoning and Problem Solving

  • think of new ideas and creative ways to solve problems
  • understand and apply new information
  • notice when something is wrong or likely to go wrong
  • judge costs and benefits of a possible action
  • combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions

Managing Oneself, People, Time, and Things

  • manage the time of self and others
  • check how well they are learning or doing something
  • go back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information without becoming confused

Working with People

  • communicate well
  • be sensitive to peoples feelings and moods
  • change behavior in relation to others’ actions
  • use several methods to learn and to teach new things

Working with Things

  • determine supplies and equipment is needed to do a job
  • maintain and repair equipment
  • operate and control equipment

Perceiving and Visualizing

  • ability to utilize special relations
  • imagine how something will look if its manipulated






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Wilco Area Career Center 500 Wilco Blvd Romeoville, IL  60446


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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