Course: COSB 1810Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Services Technology
Title: Theory of Nail Technology
Semester Approved: Spring 2021
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2025
End Semester: Fall 2026
Catalog Description: This course covers principles and concepts of the nail technology profession, including: manicuring, pedicuring, sanitation, disorders and diseases of the skin and nails, body chemistry, product safety, related anatomy and physiology, methods of artificial nail applications, problem solving, professional ethics, business management, and state laws.
Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 4; Lecture: 4; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 60
Corequisites: COSB 1811
Justification: A student taking this course and COSB 1811 will be job ready after completing 300 clock time hours (1 semester) and following the State of Utah licensing process. The Nail Technology program can be taken alone or as part of the Cosmetology/Barbering program.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will list safety precautions to follow during all client services, explain hazardous material safety procedures, and will identify the principles of prevention. This outcome will be assessed through assignments, discussions, and/or quizzes.
Students will identify different bacteria types and how they relate to the cause of disease. They will gain an understanding of the difference between a nail disorder and a nail disease and comprehend basic chemistry as it equates to nail products. This outcome will be assessed through assignments, discussions, and/or quizzes.
Students will describe and demonstrate the proper procedures associated with the following services: manicure, pedicure, nail tips, acrylic and gel applications. They will be able to explain proper nail maintenance and removal of tips by the use of files and/or electric files. This outcome will be assessed through hands-on application. An instructor will observe and feedback will be given.
Students will exhibit communication skills and educate clients concerning post-service nail care. They will keep and maintain accurate client records and will practice professional ethics. This outcome will be assessed through hands-on application. An instructor will observe and feedback will be given.
Students will understand the ramifications of opening a salon and the differences between full-service and nail-only salons. They will describe advertising techniques and how to expand the client base.
This outcome will be assessed through discussions, assignments, and/or presentations.
Students will explain state laws and regulations as they relate to the nail technology profession, the state licensure process, and securing the proper credentials. This outcome will be assessed through exams and by completing the licensure process.
Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with instruction in the following areas:
- maintaining a healthy body and mind
- how bacteria affects the health of the individual
- how infections might spread in the salon
- how to properly sanitize all implements
- chemistry and safety standards
- general anatomy of the body, specifically the nail
- recognizing different skin and nail disorders and diseases
- manicuring and pedicuring techniques
- applications of nail tips, wraps, acrylics and gels
- how to choose correct nail enhancements and care of nails
- problem solving and enhancement repairs
- creating nail art
- differences of a full service salon versus a nails only salon
- rules and regulations pertaining to state licensure
We strive to introduce all students to the procedures performed in the beauty industry and allow them to express their differences and cultures through creative projects and group activities. The course is designed to empower and foster talent in all students, including groups traditionally underrepresented in this career, and to move beyond stereotypes.
Key Performance Indicators:
Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed by the following:
Assignments 5 to 20%
Hands-on application/participation 25 to 50%
Client services 25 to 50%
Quizzes and exams 20 to 40%
Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Milady's Art and Science of Nail Technology, current edition, Milady Publishing Company, Albany, New York
Supplemental materials may be required
Teaching methods may include lecture, class discussion, group work, hands-on activities, and the incorporation of low-stakes assignments.
In this course, instructors will strive to connect with students on a personal level by spending multiple hours daily with this group of students. Students will also be encouraged to make connections in order to foster an inclusive classroom atmosphere. This may be accomplished through group assignments. Students will rotate until everyone has had the opportunity to work together.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Optimum Class Size: 10