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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, and the part-time student must complete the course in 19 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

Nail Technology Program Investment

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

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