Nail Technician

Technical Diploma
scissors and trimmer

Why choose Nail Technician?

  • Local demand for certified nail technicians skilled in safety and sanitation is growing, as indicated by businesses within Mid-State’s district.
  • This program is a great fit for those who want to attain short-term training that makes them employable quickly.
  • The perfect career for those with a creative mind, artistic talent and interest, and a desire for making people feel good.
Being a nail technician is about more than just polishing nails. You’ll use your artistic skills to create a relaxing escape for your clients. If you’re looking for a career that presents new challenges daily and keeps you meeting new people, nail technician may be the choice for you.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Nail Technician program prepares students 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. You’ll learn 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 practices.

You’ll receive instruction and practice your new skills in our completely remodeled teaching/learning space and salon, which includes a room dedicated to nail technician students and nail services, with brand new manicure tables and pedicure thrones as well as equipment for acrylic and gel nail services.

Mid-State’s Nail Technician program prepares students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $1,669.60
  • Books: $814.45
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $649.97
  • Total Estimated Cost: $3,134.02

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid. Explore other ways to help pay for college.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31502337 Nail Technology 1
  30502331 Advanced Nail Technology 2
  30502322 Manicurist Client Service 4
  30502323 Manicurist Capstone 2
  30502332 Nail Salon Operations & Management 1
  Term Total   10 Credits
  Program Total   10 Credits



Stacy received a bachelor of arts degree in 2014 from Concordia University Wisconsin. She also received her technical diploma for Cosmetology in 1997. Stacy worked for a corporate salon in addition to owning her own salon before pursuing her teaching career. She is currently a full-time instructor and program director at Mid-State for the Cosmetology and Barber Technologist programs. She believes in hard work and is very dedicated to the cosmetology industry. She enjoys sharing her passion for the industry in the classroom.

“Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”

Josephine has taught as a cosmetology and barber instructor since 2018. During this time, she has also owned her own business/chair rental to provide services to her clients, allowing her to keep up with industry trends and better teach her students.

“Being a cosmetology/barber instructor is a very rewarding career. It’s one of the best feelings to be able to watch your students learn and grow into professionals from the first to last day of classes.”



  • Nail Technician
  • Manicurist
  • Pedicurist

"The instructors are great. They are encouraging and always want to see their students succeed—they’re proud when they see students achieving their goals."


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