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The Nail Program

Successful nail artists are creative people with a strong sense of design and masterful technical abilities. They also need to be savvy business people who keep up with industry trends, treat their clients to the best possible service, and understand how to market and manage their business. From creativity to product knowledge to nail enhancement, our program gives you the skill set you’ll need to begin a career in the nail industry.

Technical Areas Covered

  • Art, design and trends for manicures and pedicures
  • Basic, French and American manicures
  • Conditioning oil manicures
  • Moisturizing wax treatments
  • Arm massages
  • Pedicures and foot massages
  • Nail designs
  • Nail gels, tips and wraps
  • Acrylic nails
  • Safety, sterilization and sanitation
  • Massage techniques for hands, arms and feet
  • And much more


One of the most exciting days for our Future Professionals is the day they get to unwrap their very own professional kit. It’s packed with all the essentials—professional manicure and pedicure tools, nail enhancement tools, and much more—so you’re ready to succeed in school and launch your dream career.


When you have the latest technology and resources at your fingertips, you’ll be more successful in school and in your career. That’s why every Future Professional at Paul Mitchell The School Rapid City receives an iPad with their student kit, giving them on-the-go access to schoolwork, career advice from industry leaders, Paul Mitchell cutting and coloring apps, our exclusive Business Fundamentals: Connecting to My Future curriculum and much more.

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Learn more about our graduation, placement, and licensure rates, and much more.

Nail Technology


School Supplies, Kit, and Tuition Costs


Tuition: $3,200.00

Application Fee (nonrefundable): $200.00

Technical Kit & Books: $870.00

Rental Fees: $30.00

Total Cost: $4,300.00

Drop Fee: $100.00

How long will it take?

School Required Hours


Commitment to Complete Program: 400 hours

When can I get started?

Ready to get started? Here are our upcoming start dates for this program:


Please check back later for class start dates.

Student educational materials
  • 1 12 pc. Nail Art Brush Set
  • 1 24 pk. Buffing Blocks
  • 1 4 pc. Master Tech Brush
  • 1 48 pc. Files
  • 1 5 pc. Dotting Tool Set
  • 1 9W UV Light
  • 1 Acrylic Kit
  • 1 Acrylic Round Brush
  • 1 Aluminum Tool Case
  • 1 Basic Odorless Kit
  • 1 Burmax
  • 1 Carbon Face Mask
  • 1 Cool Care
  • 1 Deluxe Practice Hand
  • 1 Foot File
  • 1 Glass Dappen Dish
  • 1 IBD Intro Gel Kit
  • 1 LED Lamp
  • 1 Mani/Pedi Kit
  • 1 Mani/Pedi Tooling Set
  • 1 Manicure Brush
  • 1 Master Artist Kit
  • 1 Medicool Turbo File II
  • 1 Nail Clipper
  • 1 Nail Enamel Dryer
  • 1 Nail Polish Palette
  • 1 Odorless ST.B Kit
  • 1 Replacement Hand
  • 1 Tip Cutter
  • 1 UV Gel Kit
Required textbooks
  • 1 Milady’s Nail Technology
  • 1 Milady’s Nail Technology Workbook and Exam Book


Curious about your future as a nail technician? There are a wide variety of financial aid options out there—and we’re here to help you find them. Get information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and more from our helpful Rapid City Financial Aid Leader.

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