This is a program that prepares individuals to shape fingernails and toenails, remove
unwanted skin and blemishes, apply polish and cosmetics to nails, and function as licensed
manicurists or nail technicians/specialists. It includes instruction in manicuring theory;
skin anatomy; nail growth, irregularities, and diseases; sterilization and sanitation;
equipment and table maintenance; cuticle, blemish, and rough skin removal; nail filing,
shaping, and polishing; cream application and extremity massage; nail sculpture and design
art; product storage and use; customer service; laws and regulations; and business
Core Standards of the Course
Students will be able to understand history of and professional opportunities in the nail technician field.
Briefly describe the history of cosmetology.
Understand the career pathways for a Nail Technician.
Students will be able to understand and apply life skills as it applies to the nail technician field.
The Psychology of Success
Motivation and Self‐Management
Managing Your Career
Personality Development and Attitude
Students will be able to understand the need for a professional image and how it relates to the nail technician field.
Beauty and Wellness
Your Physical Presentation
Students will be able to understand and apply communication skills as it applies to the nail technician field.
Explain the purpose of client consultation.
Special Issues in Communication
Students will be able to understand and apply the principles and practices in control of infections.
Regulation through state and federal agencies.
Principles of prevention of infections.
Universal precautions are used because of infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens.
Develop a professional salon image.
Students will be able to understand general anatomy and physiology.
Why Study Anatomy?
Organs and Body Systems
The Skeletal System
The Muscular System
The Nervous System
The Circulatory System
The Endocrine System
The Digestive System
The Excretory System
The Respiratory System
The Integumentary System
Students will be able to understand skin structure and growth.
Anatomy of the Skin
Aging of the Skin
Disorders of the Skin
Preventing Skin Problems In Salon
Maintaining Skin Health
Students will be able to understand nail structure and growth.
The Natural Nail
Students will be able to understand nail diseases and disorders.
Students will be able to understand basics of chemistry as it applies to the nail technician field.
Oxidation‐Reduction (Redox) Reactions
You Have the Value
Students will be able to understand nail product chemistry as it applies to the nail technician field.
Adhesion and Adhesives
The Overexposure Principle
Students will be able to understand basics of electricity.
Electrical Equipment Safety
You Have the Power
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in manicuring nails.
Nail Technology Tools
Choosing a Nail Shape
Performing a Man's Manicure
Paraffin Wax Treatment
Hand and Arm Massage
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in pedicuring nails.
More about Pedicuring
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in electric filing of nails.
Are Electric Files Safe?
Choosing an Electric File
How to Use an Electric File
You Have the Value
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in nail tips, wraps, and nolight gels.
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in acrylic (methacrylate) nail enhancements.
Acrylic (Methacrylate) Nail Enhancements Using Forms
Odorless Acrylic (Methacrylate) Products
Colored Acrylic (Methacrylate) Powders
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in UV gels.
UV Gel on Tips or Natural Nails
UV Gel Maintenance and Removal
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in the creativity of nail art.
The Basics and Foundation of Nail Art
Creating Nail Art
Using an Airbrush for Nail Color and Nail Art
Getting Started and Finished
Traditional French Manicure (With Optional Lunula)
Students will be able to understand and apply the skills needed for preparing and seeking employment.
Preparing for Licensure
Preparing for Employment
Doing It Right
Students will be able to understand the skills needed during their first months of employment.
Moving from School to Work
Out in the Real World
Managing Your Money
Discover the Selling You
On Your Way
Students will be able to understand the skills needed to operate a salon as a personal business.
Going into Business for Yourself
Operating a Successful Salon
Selling in the Salon
Students will understand the need for professional development.
Complete a personal inventory.
Set and meet goals.
Know how to make decisions.
Know how to manage time.
Organize personal belongings and lab equipment.
Learn to communicate verbally.
Write effective communications.
Establish a personal reading program.
Develop effective work skills and attitudes.
Master a working knowledge of SkillsUSA.
Learn the acronym SkillsUSA
State the SkillsUSA motto
State the SkillsUSA creed
Learn the SkillsUSA colors
Describe the official SkillsUSA dress
Describe the procedure for becoming a SkillsUSA officer
Students will understand the need for leadership skills.
Serve on a committee.
Prepare an agenda.
Assist in planning a meeting.
Review basic parliamentary procedure.
Make a main motion
Participate in a school project.
Attend a community meeting.
Practice effective speaking.
Present a three‐ to five‐minute talk.
Implement a leadership project.
Master a working knowledge of SkillsUSA.
Describe the meaning of the SkillsUSA emblem
State the SkillsUSA pledge
Describe the duties of a SkillsUSA officer
Students will understand the need for career planning.
Define your future occupation.
Survey employment opportunities.
Report on a trade journal article.
Explore opportunities for advanced training.
Conduct a worker interview.
Contact a professional association.
Explore entrepreneurship opportunities.
Give a talk about your career.
Review career goals.
Students will understand the importance of employability and work habits.
Develop a list of work standards to follow at school and on the job.
Evaluate your personal ethics.
Evaluate your personal ethics against acceptable workplace ethics
Build a job search network.
Find job leads.
Write a resume.
Create a job portfolio.
Complete a job application.
Write a business letter and memo.
Participate in an actual or simulated job interview.
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