Nail Technology/Manicurist

Nail Technology/Manicurist



Protege Salon Services

This 300 hour licensing program teaches students all areas of Nail Technology and hair removal including manicuring, pedicuring, nail art, artificial enhancements – acrylic, gel, dip powder and gel polish, eyebrow shaping, facial waxing and large area waxing.

Our industry partnerships, unique curriculum and passion for the beauty industry are why we continue to have outstanding pass rates on the NJ State Licensing Exam. The demand for qualified Nail Technicians is growing. Begin your Manicurist career today.

Local job placement assistance and payment plan available.


If you are looking for a beauty school in New Jersey, consider the NEW Nail Technician program at RVCC – named a 2017 Excellence in Education Honoree by Modern Salon.

September 4, 2024 – January 17, 2025
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30 – 2:30
Thursday 9:30am-1:30pm


Nail Technology
300 Hours

In this course you will be taught the basic skills and techniques to prepare you to work as a Nail Technician. This course covers:

  • Nail Diseases and Disorders
  • Decontamination and Infection Control
  • Anatomy of the hand, arm, foot and leg
  • Nail Art
  • The Skin and its Diseases
  • Chemicals & Chemistry Relating to Products
  • Natural Nail manicuring and pedicuring
  • Natural nail repair
  • Artificial Enhancements – Nail tip and sculptured extensions Gel and Acrylic (odorless)
  • Natural nail enhancements – gel polish and dip polish
  • Hair removal – facial waxing and body waxing including leg, arm and underarm



1.    Complete the steps on the checklist.
2.    Able to lift 25 lbs.
3.    Able to stand for extended periods of time.
4.    Readiness to complete payments on time.  
5.    Complete two health physicals within an 11 month period as required by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hair Styling

Students in need of accommodations are encouraged to do so in advance.  Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 908-526-1200 x8418 or x8921 to discuss any accommodation needs.

Nail Technology Program Checklist

Check each item below as you complete requirement(s). 

  • Complete an Application for Admission.
    If you have completed an application in the past 3 years, you must change your major selection to Nail Technology. 
  • Nail Technology students do not need to take the placement tests and attend the First-Year Registration Session. 
  • Attend an Information Session. The session will explain in detail about the program and give you a chance to ask questions. Dates, times and locations can be found at
  • Submit official final high school transcript after graduation, which indicates date of graduation and has the official high school seal, in an unopened envelope or a GED Score Report or diploma to the Admissions Office, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.
  • Submit previous college official transcript(s) if any, to the Office of Enrollment Services, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.
  • Submit immunization record. Submit to the Admissions Office that you’ve had two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and three doses of Hepatitis B vaccinations in accordance with State of New Jersey immunization requirements.  For more information on immunization and to download a form for your doctor, see
  • Register for Course: Student will need to have the CRN (Course Registration Number) and course name to register. 
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Course Payment: Payment is due before the start of class. If you are seeking Financial Aid, loans or a payment plan, the first payment or guarantee of funding must be in place and recognized by our Finance Office by the start of class.



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