If you love to work with people and enjoy an environment where you can be creative, manicuring might be for you! You will be exposed to all areas of Manicuring, including: manicuring and pedicuring techniques, nail enhancement, hybrid polishes and much more!

One of the greatest benefits of studying Manicuring at the Wilson Talent Center is that upon completion of the program, you are ready to take the State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology Manicurist Licensing exam. After passing, you will be a licensed manicurist in the state of Michigan, without spending $7,000+ to do this after high school. Numerous employment opportunities will be available, such as a professional nail technician, nail salon owner or sales representative.

This one-year program is open to both juniors and seniors. It is offered in the AM session Monday through Friday.

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.


Cosmetology - Manicuring

National Career Cluster

Human Services Pathway

Michigan Career Pathway

Human Services


Trisha Wilson
State of Michigan licensed Cosmetologist & Instructor 
CTE Standard Certificate
517. 244.1321

Kasey Smith
State of Michigan licensed Cosmetologist & Instructor
CTE Standard Certificate
517. 244.1321

Types of Credit

  • One full Fourth year math credit - seniors only
  • ½ Science credit per year
  • ½ English credit per year
  • Michigan Merit Curriculum:  Visual Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA), one full credit

Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school

Articulation Agreements

Davenport University
Ferris State University
Jackson College

Special Requirements/Recommendations for Success

  • 9th grade (minimum) reading and math levels
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply technical information
  • Basic keyboarding and word processing skills (Windows environment)
  • Good attendance and attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well in teams and individually
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a noisy environment
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to lift and move equipment
  • Visit for local salary ranges for potential careers
  • Own transportation required due to extended class time
  • Textbook and state board exam written at a 9th grade reading level

Program Description

Manicuring is designed to prepare students for employment in various nail technology related positions such as: nail technician in a traditional salon or spa, instructor, sales representative, platform artist, fim/editorial nail technician or salon owner.  Manicuring students will learn manicuring, pedicuring, and artificial nail techniques, as well as all theory related subjects. When applicable, students will work on the public in the student salon.  All work is supervised by instructors. Upon successful completion of the course, which includes 400 hours, required MPA’s (Minimum Practical Applications) and passing a pre-state exam with 75% or higher, the student will be ready to write the State exam and seek employment. This employment may also provide a means of assisting with the cost of further education. 

  • Develop proper attitudes and employability skills needed to obtain and keep a job.
  • Explore the many careers available in the Cosmetology/Nail Technology field.
  • Develop an understanding of basic human needs and human behavior.
  • Develop effective communication skills - both speaking and listening.
  • Learn basic Cosmetology/Nail Technology abbreviations and terminology.
  • Learn basic cosmetology/Nail Technology skills.
  • Must develop skills to analyze skin and nail conditions.
  • Meet all State Board requirements which include theory and MPA’s (Minimum Practical Applications).

Universal Accommodations

The Cosmetology Program is committed to universal learning and supporting all students' needs. Our classroom space, routines, resources, and interactions will be as inclusive as possible. Treating each other with respect, listening to each other, having an open mind and a willingness to help each other learn is crucial to universal learning.
Strategies to provide optimal learning for all student in this course include, but not limited to:

● Extended time for testing if necessary
● Secluded area for testing if requested ahead of time
● Auditory text for text or test available with provided earbuds
● Large print text available
● Printed notes from overhead presentations available when requested
● Board/Projected presentations are verbalized
● Extended time for assignments if requested in advance

Course Topics

  • Life Skills/Professional Image/Communication Skills
  • Infection Control
  • General Anatomy & Physiology
  • Skin Structure, Growth & Nutrition
  • Nail Structure & Growth
  • Nail Disorders & Diseases
  • Nail Product Chemistry
  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Electric Filing
  • Acrylic Nail Enhancements
  • UV & LED Gels
  • Creative Enhancements
  • Basics of Electricity
  • Basics of Chemistry
  • Salon Business
  • Employability Skills
  • Preparing for Licensure & Employment

Exit Outcomes

  • Meet all state board requirements
  • Learn basic skills in all aspects of the Cosmetology/Nail Technology Industry
  • Understanding of basic human needs and human behavior
  • Effective communication skills – both speaking and listening
  • Skills in analyzing skin and nail conditions
    • Skin Structure, Growth & Nutrition
    • Nail Structure and Growth
    • Nail Disorders and Diseases
    • Manicuring and pedicuring
    • Nail Product Chemistry
    • UV/LED Gels
    • Acrylic Nail Enhancements
    • Anatomy
    • Basics of Chemistry & Electricity
    • Salon Business
    • Preparing for Licensure & Employment

Attendance Policy

Due to a tight schedule, your attendance is required on all days we are in session in order to complete the required 400 hours. Students, who miss more than the State guidelines allowed, will be dropped from the program. A student that exceeds 25 hours in absences will be terminated from the program.

  • Students are granted hours only when they are present
  • Mandatory participation in all  workshops, if not met, total hours of workshops will be deducted from the students’ attendance bank. In addition to the loss of hours the student will receive one (1) grade lower for the 2nd semester.
  • Prior to the end of the first semester, student hours will be evaluated. Any student who is 25 or more hours behind will be placed on probation. If you are placed on an attendance contract, the contract will be enforced through-out the duration of the program.
  • Good attendance is imperative in the program. Poor attendance will lower your grade and lead to probation and/or dismissal from the Cosmetology Program.
  • If you know in advance that you will be absent, notify the instructor.
  • It is your responsibility to get the class notes you miss and arrange a time in which you can be shown any procedures that were demonstrated during your absence.
  • As part of our employability skills training, if you are absent, you must call the school before class starts. The phone number is (517-244-1306).
  • Students must be in complete uniform before clocking in each day.

Grading Policy

All tests must be passed with 80% or higher. Tests will be retaken until passed with the required percentage. The first test score will be used for report cards. This scale is a requirement of the State Board. All tests and lab work will be graded on the basis of the following scale:

Grading Scale

Grade Option Percentage
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%

(69% or below may result in partial or no credit)

All written tests will be given at the end of each unit. Practical demonstrations of procedures will also be periodically tested. Any student receiving below 80% will need to retake the unit test until the 80% level is achieved.

If a student is absent on the day of a test, they should be prepared to take the test on the first day of their return, unless prior arrangements have been made.

A pre-state test will be given near the completion of the program. Each section of this test must have a score of 75% or higher. This entire test or portions of this test may be retaken to achieve the required grade.

All written assignments must be turned in on the scheduled date assigned or points will be deducted for tardiness. Time during class will usually be allotted to work on assignments.

Lab performances will continually be evaluated and graded. The instructor will have a private conference with each student during these times to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in their performance.

Any weekly test not made up during a 9-week marking period will result in an “Incomplete” or “I” grade. You will have ten (10) school days to make up your test or your grade will be averaged as is, which may result in loss of credit. REMEMBER, to qualify for the Pre-State exam, all tests must be passed with an 80% or higher.

Grades will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Work Habits 35% of total grade    
  • Skills 32% of total grade      
  • Tests 33% of total grade

MPA’s (Minimum Practice Applications):

MPA’s must be documented on a daily basis and totaled at the end of each week. MPA’s must be turned in no later than Monday of the following week to be recorded in the computer. NO MPA’s will be accepted after Monday for that week.


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