Northwest College

Nail Technology

Nail Technology: 600 hours

Learn how to perform manicures, pedicures, and artificial nail applications such as: acrylic, gel, fiberglass and silk wraps. Have the opportunity to create and use nail art as well as enhancement services to maximize earning potential!

Our beauty colleges are contemporary, practical, and offer accredited professional training programs. For your convenience, we have four Portland beauty schools located in Beaverton, Clackamas, Hillsboro and Tualatin. For those in Southern Oregon, we have beauty schools located in Springfield and Medford to give you flexible options for your cosmetology training!

The Northwest College School of Beauty teaching methodology is based on small groups of students. This allows for plenty of one-on-one instruction while giving students the benefit of group teaching and discussions.

The Nail program is performance-oriented. "Performance oriented" means students must not only complete their clock hours, but also complete all required academic courses and laboratory projects, perform practical operations in a simulated salon environment, pass written and practical examinations, and meet state safety and sanitation requirements.

Each learning module in the Nail program covers one subject, using the student text, review, instructor presentations and hands-on training. With the instructors' assistance in demonstrating and organizing the learning sequences, the student experiences a program of learning achievements.

Nail Technology Learning Modules:

  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Artificial Nail Enhancements
  • Nail Art
  • Paraffin Treatments
  • Cosmetology Business Concepts
  • Simulated Salon Training and Experience
  • Safety and Sanitation Training
  • Oregon Rules and Laws Training

This course can be completed in 15 to 30 weeks, based on contract schedule.

CIP - 12.0410; SOC - 39-5092.00

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Travis Henry, @bigTtheBarber, Class of 2011

I entered Beauty School not sure what to expect and with no prior cutting/barbering experience. I did research on a few local Beauty Schools and went with what felt right for my family and the locations that worked for me. The campuses were beautiful, the staff was awesome, and there was a variety of different students. Beauty school is what you make of it. It's the school's responsibility to teach you the rules, help you achieve greatness, and give you the tools you need to succeed in this profession. Northwest College did that for me. This business is 75% Passion and 25% skills, NW College can get you those skills if your willing to do your part. I graduated in March of 2011; I'm now a Certified Educator for Eufora International, Owner of Chop Shop Hair Studio, Co-Owner of  Doo or Dye Salon, President of the North West Barbers Alliance, and Business Partners with Shave Envy. You can achieve anything you want with the right training, support, and a passion.” - Travis Henry, Class of 2011

Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

I was very scared going back to school after nearly 20 years, but attending NW College in Tualatin made it an easy transition. I had no idea what to expect from beauty school or if I was making the right career move, but in no time at all I knew NW College was the right decision for me. I had amazing instructors that were encouraging and pushed me to trust in myself and my creative abilities. I graduated on November 22, 2014 and because of the great academics of NW College passed my state boards and became licensed on November 26, 2014. I had interviewed with several salons leading up to my graduation and started working immediately as an independent contractor on December 2, 2014.. Attending NW College was the best decision of my life, I’ve never been happier going to work each day. I LOVE my career choice as a licensed Cosmetologist.” - Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

Licensed & Accredited

Accreditation by a nationally recognized agency provides assurance that a school is established and recognized as a quality institution, has adequate facilities and equipment, maintains recognized and approved courses of study, and employs competent, qualified faculty. Northwest College is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences) and is licensed by HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission). Northwest College is a 2014 Modern Salon Excellence in Education Cosmetology School.


Modern Salon Excellence in Education, NACCAS, AACS, Oregon Department of Education