Manicuring Program

March 13 – May 27
Monday – Friday
5:00 – 9:30pm


This program is approved by
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paseo Road Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260

This course is the first of a two-course series that prepares students for the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Nail Technician exam. Emphasis is placed on sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization of the nail salon and nail technician tools and health and safety in the nail salon. Topics include basic anatomy of the hand and foot, nail diseases and disorders, manicuring, pedicuring, massage and reflexology. This course is designed for students interested in a career as a nail technician.


  1. Apply techniques and practices for improving mental, emotional, and physical health in the nail salon setting.
  2. Define microbes and explain why they matter to nail technicians.
  3. Explain the origins of bacterial infection, name common pathogenic bacteria, and demonstrate how to clean the skin to prevent microbial infections.
  4. Identify fungal infections, name the major group viruses, and explain how to prevent viral infection.
  5. Explain how sanitation is accomplished and identify the types of antiseptics and disinfectants and their uses in the nail salon.
  6. Describe problems related to the use of chemical agents and demonstrate where and how to discard toxic waste.
  7. Demonstrate how to clean, sanitize, and disinfect the entire nail salon and all nail technician tools.
  8. Use an autoclave and a chemical clave for sterilization.
  9. Apply the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology rules and regulations regarding health, safety, and the use of hazardous substances in the nail salon.
  10. Describe the anatomy and functions of the nails, fingers, metacarpus, ulna, wrist, elbow, the three main pans of the foot, and bones of the nails.
  11. Use appropriate terminology to identify and describe nail diseases and disorders, including their origins, symptoms, and prevention.
  12. Describe the origin and history of manicuring and list the various manicure procedures.
  13. Explain manicure procedures and perform a variety of manicures, including manicures for women, men and children, an oil manicure, and a paraffin wax manicure.
  14. Demonstrate spa, hand, and seaweed exfoliation therapy for the hands.
  15. Explain the importance of massage movements for the hands and feet and identify when to use light massage versus deep tissue massage for hands and feet.
  16. Explain and demonstrate a variety of hand and foot massage techniques, and identify contraindications for hand and foot massage.
  17. Demonstrate pedicure procedures with a portable foot basin, wax foot treatment, mud foot therapy, spa mud therapy, detox herbal therapy, and seaweed exfoliation.
  18. Apply silk wraps to toe nails and fix broken toe nails.
  19. Explain reflexology, including its history, suggested frequency benefits, and myths.
  20. Describe and demonstrate step by step instructions for performing reflexology.


  1. Personal health as nail technician
  2. Infection and microbiology
  3. Sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization
  4. Health and safety hazardous substances - State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
  5. Anatomy and physiology
  6. Nail diseases, disorders, and podiatry
  7. Manicuring
  8. Massage movements for the hand
  9. Pedicuring
  10. Reflexology and foot massage
  11. Laboratory practicals may include, but are not limited to: