Nail Technician

This comprehensive course provides instruction and clinical practice in manicuring, nail building (application and maintenance of artificial nails) and pedicuring. The course content includes nail anatomy, disorders of nails, and irregularities of nails; theory and salesmanship as it relates to manicuring; actual practice in manicuring; and arm, hand, and foot massage.

Nail Tech students must complete 300 hours before applying to the State Board of Cosmetic Arts for examination. Students enrolled only in Nail Tech shall only perform services directly relating to the prescribed course in manicuring.

Please note, this is a comprehensive course to provide training for those persons interested in becoming registered manicurists only and not desiring to become licensed cosmetologists. Courses are offered each semester, both during daytime (9am – 2pm) and evening (5pm – 10pm) hours, Mondays through Thursdays.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will obtain a temporary license allowing him/her to work in a salon, spa, shop, etc… Before the expiration of that license, students must sit for and successfully pass a state board examination in Raleigh at the Board of Cosmetic Arts.

While students are not guaranteed job placement at the end of this program, students will gain exposure to local shops and nail salons throughout the program with the strong potential of obtaining future employment. Previous students have found a high success rate in finding employment and a few currently own and operate their own salon.

Program Fees

Registration: $200 per student (students can register in person at the Continuing Education Department or online using Web Advisor)

Books: $257.34 total

  • Milady’s Standard Nail Tech 7th Edition
  • Milady’s Standard Nail Tech Student Workbook 7th Edition
  • Milady’s Standard Nail Tech Exam Review (companion to 7th edition text)

Kit: $350

  • Master Nail Technology Kit (including secure resin, nail tips, well tips, nail trimmer, cleanser, nail powders, brushes, monomer, wipes, and other materials students will need)
  • Available at the North Campus Bookstore.

Other Supplies:

  • Uniform (Cherokee V-neck navy blue scrubs, top $19 & pants $16 available at North Campus bookstore and anywhere scrubs are sold)
  • Black Tennis Shoes (solid black without any markings)
  • CFCC Student ID Card (students can have an ID card made at the Wilmington Campus or North Campus between 8am – 5pm, M – F)
  • Students will need to bring a copy of their driver’s license and Social Security card to the first day of class for the State Board.




Pamper yourself with a relaxing professional pedicure or manicure from our students in the Nail Tech program. We are on the second floor of the Cosmetology building at the beautiful North Campus of Cape Fear Community College, located at 4500 Blue Clay Road. To make an appointment, e-mail or call 910-362-7352.

Please keep in mind that students can file but cannot clip or trim toenails and/or fingernails. Clients can request Nail Art be added to any of the listed services for an additional $3.00. Clients should also bring credit or debit cards as payment, and operating hours of the Nail Salon are between 9AM and 2PM, Tuesdays through Thursdays.


Basic Manicure

Consists of nail shaping, cuticle care, hand massage and polish.

Basic Pedicure

Consists of nail shaping, cuticle care, hand massage and polish.

Acrylic Overlay

Nail tip is applied and enhanced with an acrylic overlay, buffed, and polished.  Acrylic can also be applied over natural nail.


Needed 2-3 weeks after a fresh acrylic overlay has been applied to fill in the gap where the nail has begun to grow.


Great polish with the strength of gel. Easy soak off. Popular trend in manicuring.

Polish Change/Designs

The polish change service is for clients who have received a manicure and only wish for nails or toenails to be polished. French tips entail a polished dramatic white free edge.

Acrylic Removal

A basic Manicure is included in this service. Nail wrap included.

*Spa Manicure

This service includes everything in a basic manicure with additional benefits such as a paraffin dip, hand/arm exfoliation, hot towel, and hot stone massage.

*Spa Pedicure

This service includes everything in a basic manicure with additional benefits such as a paraffin dip, hand/arm exfoliation, hot towel, and hot stone massage.

*Gel Nails

Gel nails artificial nails having an extremely realistic look. They are thin, flexible, non-yellowing and non-porous. Gel nails give customers a natural look.


For more information and to register, please contact Phillip Brown at 910-362-7319 or