Nail Technician

Technical Diploma
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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 manicurist is about more than just polishing nails. As a nail technician, 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



Stacy Brock has over 15 years of experience as a barber/cosmetologist. She has owned her own salon and also taught at the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Concordia University in Wisconsin.

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


  • Nail Technician
  • Manicurist
  • Pedicurist
  • 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."


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Nail Technician Program Pathway