Manicuring/Nail Technology

If you like expressing your creativity through nail design or want to add manicurist certification to your resume, then come be part of our Manicuring/Nail Technology program. You will learn to be a manicurist or nail technology specialist with classes in our simulated salon environment. This program provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the nail technology industry.

Upon graduation, you will 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.


Courses for this certificate program are offered afternoon/early evening only.

First Year: Fall Semester (6 Semester Hours Credit)

  • COS 121 - Manicure/Nail Technology I

First Year: Spring Semester (6 Semester Hours Credit)

  • COS 222 - Manicure/Nail Technology II

Total Semester Hours Credit: 12

Special Requirements 

In addition to the general admissions requirements for Randolph Community College, Cosmetology students must complete the following requirements:  

  • Submit a government issued photo identification (ID) including date of birth.  
  • Submit a social security card or Tax ID card or student visa information.  
  • Purchase of the Pivot Point: Fundamentals of Manicuring/Nail Tech Digital Education Package  and required student kit will be made from the RCC (Randolph Community College) Campus Store. 
  • Purchase appropriate shoes, uniforms, and name badges. 
  • Students enrolled in the program should not be subject to color blindness or have sensitivity to chemicals including nail products. 

Upon successful completion of the Manicuring/Nail Technology Certificate program, the student should be able to:

  • Perform manicures and pedicures according to accepted professional standards  
  • Market services and finances  
  • Provide a safe and sanitized environment

The Manicuring/Nail Technology curriculum 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. To effectively train Manicuring/Nail Technology professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the Manicuring/Nail Technology program. The essential functions include:

  • Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment. For example, the ability to apply broad class concepts to unique client situations. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers and clients, function and contribute as part of a team, be accountable for self and others, and maintain appropriate hygiene for a salon environment. For example, the ability to interact effectively with other members on a team project; establish and maintain a professional relationship with clients. 
  • Communication Skills: speak English, write English, listen, and comprehend written and spoken words, and communicate information and ideas so others will understand. For example, explain treatments and interventions, document actions, record client responses to treatment in a professional manner. 
  • Mobility: mobility that is appropriate for an office, salon, or classroom setting is needed. For example, mobile enough move about and to function in a salon, whether sitting or standing for extended periods of time. 
  • Motor Skills: be able to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to clients in all settings. For example, manipulate supplies and equipment to perform services and treatments. 
  • Hearing: ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer). For example, being able to hear and respond to a client, an instructor or other students in a classroom/salon setting. 
  • Visual: ability to see with normal or corrected vision, tolerate working indoors in artificial light to provide services. For example, the ability to determine differentiate color, observe, and accurately interpret client needs and assess nonverbal communication. 
  • Tactile: ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, possessing finger and manual dexterity is necessary to manipulate hands and feet when performing services. 
  • Weight-Bearing: none. 
  • Cognitive: cognitive ability to use logic and reason, attention to detail, and short-term and long­ term memory skills. For example, the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in the previous week of a semester. 
  • Visual Color Discrimination: visual color discrimination ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. For example, being able to choose appropriate colors for nails.  

Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.

References: Haywood Community College and Vance-Granville Community College Technical Standards directly contributed much of this language. Minor alterations have been made as needed to relate to RCC. 

Randolph Community College’s Cosmetology program complies with the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners. 

N.C. Board of Cosmetic Arts 
121 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 209 
Cary, NC 27511 

Salon Services & Prices

young woman getting manicure in beauty salonWant to try out a new hairstyle or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure? Our Cosmetology program offers services to the public through an on-campus salon that allows students to get real-life, hands-on experience. Services include hair, skin, and nail care. Click on the flyer below to see the details on services and prices! Seniors (55+, some restrictions), emergency personnel, and RCC faculty, staff, and students can receive 50% of with a valid ID.

No appointment is needed but if you have questions, give us a call at 336-610-HAIR (4247).

*Prices and times are subject to change without notice.

Download Manicuring Salon Info

Salon Location:

503 Industrial Park Avenue
Asheboro, NC

Salon Hours:

January 10 - April 25, 2024 (Closed March 6 & 7)

Wednesdays & Thursdays • 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Click here to view Cosmetology salon hours

Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Manicuring/Nail Technology Program? We're here to help.

Dean Brewer
Department Head, Cosmetology