The 400-hour Manicuring program at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology is designed to give you in-depth training in nail care using OPI Nail Technology. After completing your classroom training, you will move on to the student salon floor where you will perfect your skills giving nail services to clients.

After you graduate, you should be ready to pass your licensing exam and launch a successful career in the nail industry.

Here is what you will learn in the Manicuring program:

  • GEL EXTENSIONS (Aprés Gel-X)

The Manicuring program prepares the student for the State Board Examination. The student will receive practical training and technical instruction in the areas of nails. Some of the potential occupations are Manicurist, Manicuring Tech in Salon (resort/spa), Nail Specialist, Product Specialist, Product Sales Rep, Platform Artist, Competitive Nail Tech for Industry Competitions, Salon Owner.

"If you appreciate beautiful nails, you have probably seen the soft gel nail extensions all over social media lately. Although gel nails have been around for a while, these services have been growing in popularity recently due to a shift towards a healthier approach to artificial nails. We are excited to announce the addition of Après Gel-X Extension System to our Manicuring Program curriculum. Each Manicuring student will receive an Après Gel-X Kit with their books and supplies. Students will receive training in the Gel-X System and upon graduation, will also earn their Gel-X Certification. Après Gel-X Nails is a revolutionary system that provides an innovative way of achieving beautiful long-lasting nails. This system provides a more natural alternative to the traditional acrylic or hard gel nail extensions as it has minimal dust, no odor, and little to no damage to the natural nails. Call or text to book an appointment to tour our school and check out the Gel-X Kit and the Manicuring Program." - Lisa Powell, School Director

Call (760) 744-7900, option 5 or use our contact form to learn more about becoming a student at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology.


State Curriculum Requirements

Pursuant to B&P 7362.5(c) the curriculum for a nail care course shall, at a minimum, include technical and practical instruction in the following areas: MINIMUM HOURS
Health and Safety: Including instruction on hazardous substances, chemical safety, safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals, preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and regulations, and preventing communicable diseases.

Board Approved Health & Safety Course (B&P 7389(a)): Including instruction on hazardous substances, basic labor laws, and physical and sexual assault awareness.
Disinfection and Sanitation: Including instruction on disinfection procedures to protect the health and safety of consumers as well as the technician and proper disinfection procedures for equipment used in establishments. 100
Manicure and Pedicure: Including instruction on water and oil manicures, hand and arm massage, foot and ankle massage, nail analysis, and artificial nail services, including, but not limited to, acrylic, liquid and powder brush-ons, dip, tips, wraps, and repairs.150
Once the minimum required hours have been met, it is up to the school to determine what subject(s) they will allocate additional hours to meet the 400-hour requirement for the course.
Additional Hours in Palomar Institute of Cosmetology CurriculumAdditional Hours
Salon Success: Including training on the clinic floor as well as job search skills including how to write a resume, complete an employment application and prepare for an effective interview.50