Nail Technology Program

Rochester, Minnesota

Educate. Train. Excel.

At Nova Academy, our mission is to nurture and develop the best technical and professional skills within our future cosmetology professionals, empowering them to excel in their chosen career paths. Through our comprehensive training programs and dedicated instructors, we are committed to providing an enriching learning experience that prepares our students to thrive in the dynamic and competitive beauty industry. Our focus on excellence ensures that each graduate leaves our academy with the confidence, knowledge, and passion to succeed in their exciting journey ahead.


50 Hours of Theory
300 Hours of Practical
350 Total Hours

The Nail Technology course consists of 50 hours of instruction covering applied sciences and skills in manicuring, pedicuring, and artificial nail applications. It also includes preclinical lessons on anatomy, dermatology, chemistry as relevant to manicuring, electricity, lights, infection control, safety procedures, and Minnesota statutes and rules pertaining to manicuring practice. Elementary service skills are also taught.

Additionally, the course includes a total of 300 hours of planned clinical instruction, focusing on applied sciences and hands-on experience in manicuring, pedicuring, and artificial nail applications. Once you complete the training, you will have fulfilled the 350-hour requirement set by the State of Minnesota. This will make you eligible to take the Minnesota State Licensing Exam, a necessary step to become a licensed Nail Technician.


    Weeks 1-2 | Classroom Only


    Weeks 3-11 | Classroom + Clinic

A full-time nail technology student must complete this 450 hour course in 11 weeks.  


Weeks 1-11: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

We are proud to offer Prosper U, a cutting-edge program that provides modern business training tailored specifically for aspiring beauty professionals. Our comprehensive programs are designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to thrive in the dynamic beauty industry. By focusing on the latest industry trends and best practices, we empower our students to achieve success, both creatively and financially, ensuring a prosperous future.

Money Habits is our new financial literacy course by Prosper U. This financial foundations program gives you the personal and business financial skills needed to be successful in life and their career. Money Habits now includes a Booth/Suite Rental Finances module.

At Nova Academy of Cosmetology, we take pride in providing our students with top-of-the-line kits. Our comprehensive kits are carefully curated with the finest and most advanced tools and products, ensuring that our students have access to the best resources during their training. With these exceptional kits, our students can confidently develop their skills and creativity, setting them up for success in their journey as future beauty professionals.


At Nova Academy of Cosmetology, we utilize Milady textbooks as a fundamental part of our curriculum. Milady is a trusted and renowned resource in the beauty industry, providing comprehensive and up-to-date educational materials. By incorporating Milady textbooks into our courses, we ensure that our students receive the latest knowledge and techniques, empowering them to excel in their cosmetology education and future careers.


Nova proudly utilizes CIMA by Milady as an integral part of our curriculum. CIMA, which stands for “Cosmetology Instructional & Management Applications,” is an innovative digital platform created by Milady. This cutting-edge system enhances the learning experience for our students by offering interactive and engaging educational content, allowing them to access a wealth of resources at their fingertips. With CIMA, our students gain a deeper understanding of the beauty industry, mastering essential skills and preparing them for a successful and rewarding career journey.

Tuition rates vary by program and state requirements. Students will be provided the most up-to-date tuition rates on request when inquiring about admission to Nova Academy of Cosmetology.

At Nova Academy of Cosmetology, we understand the importance of financial assistance in pursuing your dreams. We are dedicated to supporting our students in exploring a wide range of financial aid options available to them. Our experienced team is here to guide and assist you throughout the process, ensuring that you have access to the resources and information needed to make informed decisions about your education. With our help, you can confidently navigate the financial aid landscape and embark on a transformative journey towards a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

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I enjoyed every bit of school. I highly recommend Nova as an excellent choice of school for this industry as they give you more than enough information and knowledge to set you apart and get you far into the world of hair and skin.

– Megan M. – Cosmetology + Esthiology Student

Nova is a top notch school where all instructors and staff are dedicated to top of the line education and

student success. I am so glad I took this step and that I did it through Nova!

– Sharesa G. – Cosmetology Student

I had a great experience here at Nova! It’s a wonderful staff and great teaching! Absolutely loved the atmosphere! I was always excited to come to school!

– Kylie C. – Cosmetology Student

Consumer Information

Nova Academy of Cosmetology is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc., (NACCAS). NACCAS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national accrediting agency for post-secondary schools, departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy.

  • Nail Technician
  • Manicurist
  • Nail Salon Owner
  • Nail Care Specialist
  • Instructor
  • Product Manager
  • Freelance writer
  • Wellness or Day Spa
  • Salon
  • Medical Spa
  • Dermatology or Plastic Surgeon Office
  • Burn Center
  • Cruise Ship or Resort
  • Trade Shows
  • Runway Shows
  • Magazine
  • Own your own business

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