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JCCC is accepting Spring 2024 applications for the Nail Technology Program

Learn the principles of nail technology that prepare you for a career as a licensed nail technician or manicurist in this growing industry.

What will I learn?

Find your niche in the growing field of nail care. In JCCC’s Nail Technology program, you’ll be trained to exceed expectations and deliver top-notch nail services to your clients. The hands-on classroom and salon clinic experience will prepare you for industry success as a licensed nail technician.

You’ll get instruction in natural nail manicures and pedicures. You’ll learn about the artistic application of nail enhancements, including acrylics, fabric wraps, gels and gel polish. In addition, you’ll receive instruction in sanitation, diseases, disorders and conditions of the nails, and business practices.

Build the technical and soft skills you need to successfully pass your Kansas State Board of Cosmetology Manicurist licensure written and practical exams.


Our experience:

  • Instructors are licensed practitioners and highly trained in the latest techniques.
  • Valuable real-world experience at JCCC’s full-service salon.
  • Program internationally recognized by Pivot Point, a leader in beauty education curriculum.

Our commitment to your success:

  • Complete your education in 1 semester (approximately 19-20 weeks).
  • Program provides 350 contact hours and 16 credit hours.
  • Get career advice, support to overcome test anxiety, and help writing an effective résumé through our student resources.
  • Serving others is part of our philosophy; every April the salon is exclusively open to the Down Syndrome Guild and offers free hair, skin and nail services for prom.

Our affordability:

On average, JCCC is half the price of other metro cosmetology schools.

Metro salon and spa owners are seeking JCCC-trained nail technicians. With today’s focus on looking and feeling healthy, the nail services industry is one of the fastest growing in the country. Jobs for licensed nail technicians are expected to grow by 10 percent by 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Once you earn your license you will be equipped to work as an independent consultant or in a:

  • Salon
  • Nail salon
  • Day spa
  • Resort

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Nail Technology Estimated Program Costs

Tuition Based on Residence 

Program Tuition: 
16 Credit Hours

Program Kit, Books, Uniform & Supplies

Estimated Total Program Costs

Johnson County Residents

$97/Credit Hour

$1,552  $861 + tax $2,413 + tax

Kansas Residents 

$116/Credit Hour 

$1,856  $861 + tax $2,717 + tax

Metro Area Residents 

$143/Credit Hour 

$2,228  $861 + tax $3,089 + tax

Out of State Residents 

$228/Credit Hour 

$3,648  $861 + tax $4,509 + tax

Tuition rates are based on the 2023-2024 academic year. See the JCCC tuition rates.

Metro rate applies to students residing in zip codes beginning with 640 & 641.  

JCCC School of Cosmetology must follow the rules and guidelines set by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. Students who are enrolled in a Cosmetology, Esthetics, or Nail Technology program must hold a current apprentice license issued by KBOC to earn the required contact hours for professional licensure. Apprentice license applications are completed during orientation on the first day of class. The following items are required on the first day of class:

  1. $15 application fee payable by credit or debit card
  2. Current government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state issued ID or military ID)
  3. Social Security card (the name on your application, ID and Social Security card must match exactly)

Failing to provide all required documents and valid forms of ID by the first day of class will mean dismissal from the program. Additional information regarding apprentice license requirements can be found online at:

Books, Kit and Uniform

Note: Costs are approximate and subject to change. 

Required books, kit & uniforms must be purchased at the JCCC Bookstore prior to the first day of class. All amounts are subject to change without notice. Kit prices may vary based on product availability.
Apprentice License $15
Nail Technology Kit $365
Nail Technology Books $385
Uniform $96
Total $861