• Manicurist

    Specialize in providing nail services to clients by completing the Manicurist certificate program at M State.


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M State's 16-credit Manicurist certificate, offered on our Wadena campus, provides students with a thorough background in in all aspects of the job of a manicurist: dermatology; the structure, growth and health of the nail; chemistry as it relates to manicuring; and professional sanitation and safety procedures.

The program teaches skills including cleaning, conditioning, shaping, reinforcing, coloring and enhancing nails, as well as applying and repairing artificial nails. You'll learn through hands-on instruction, including in our busy campus cosmetology clinic.

The Board of Cosmetologists requires 350 hours of clinical time and passing a state exam to become licensed in the state of Minnesota.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Knowledge and technical procedures to performall manicuring skills proficiently
  • Ethical behavior and human relation skills related to patrons, employers and coworkers
  • Professionalism in the manicuring salon environment
  • State rules and regulations related to manicurist license holders
  • State of Minnesota sanitation and safety requirements
  • Evaluation of disorders or diseases that should be referred to a physician
  • Uses and safety requirements of all equipment and supplies in the manicuring salon
  • Preparation of chemical formulas necessary to perform nail services


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Manicurist Certificate
Locations: Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Darlene Weibye

Cosmetology Instructor
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Required Manicurist courses

  • Cosmetology Principles and Practices
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Minnesota Cosmetology Laws and Rules
  • Salon Practicum
  • Manicuring/Pedicuring
  • Advanced Nail Techniques

Manicurist regional wage

Manicurist regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's manicurist program have employment opportunities as Manicurists and Pedicurists.

Description: Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Wadena

data source: Career Coach


Manicurist and Pedicurist employment

249 Employed in your area

7 Estimated annual job openings

24 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Manicurists and Pedicurists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 34 14%
25-34 76 31%
35-44 73 29%
45-54 42 17%
55-64 20 8%
65+ 4 2%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:41am