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Nova Academy strives to draw out the future cosmetology professional’s best technical and professional skills necessary to excel in their chosen career path.

The Nail Technology course content is 150 hours of instruction in applied sciences and skills in manicuring, pedicuring, and artificial nail applications. A total of 200 hours of planned clinical instruction in the applied sciences and experience in facial manicuring,  pedicuring, and artificial nail applications.  Upon completion of training, you will have completed the number of hours required by the State of Minnesota in coordinated theory and practical experience in the applied sciences of nail technology, to be eligible to take the Minnesota State Licensing Exam to become a Nail Technician.

A full-time nail technology student must complete this course in 11 weeks.  The course is comprised of 350 hours of instruction.  Students are taught techniques and methods through the Milady text  books, hands on demonstration, and guest speakers.  Experienced and licensed instructors teach all classes.  Students are evaluated on subjects through written theory exams, assignments and practical exams completed either on an assigned mannequin or live model.


  • 150 Hours Theory
  • 200 Hours Practical
  • 350 Total Course Hours
  • Nail Technician
  • Manicurist
  • Nail Salon Owner
  • Nail Care Specialist
  • Instructor
  • Product Manager
  • Freelance writer


  • Salon or Spa
  • Owning your own business
  • Trade Shows
  • Cruise Ships or Resorts

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2022

Program Name: Nail Technology

This program is designed to be completed in 11 weeks.

This program will cost $6,000 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 3,625.00 of debt.

  • Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Minnesota
  • Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: Minnesota

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Nail Technology Program Investment

  • Application Fee $50 + Kit Fee $1,650 + Tuition Fee $4,600 =  Total $6,300

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    2023 Class Start Dates:

    May 1st | July 10th | September 5th | October 30th

    2023 Lash and Nail Start Dates:

    March 27th (Woodbury Campus Excluded) | May 22nd | July 31st | September 25th | November 20th