In the Manicurist program, you will gain the knowledge to become a licensed Manicurist through demonstrations by licensed professionals, hands-on experience, classroom theory, self-paced projects and practical applications

In Phase 1, learn the fundamentals of natural nail care including manicures and pedicures and artificial nail services such as acrylics and gels. Pass the Phase 1 practical evaluation to begin the advanced phase.

In Phase 2, you perform nail services on clients with the supervision and guidance of an instructor. As you learn advanced techniques and professional client care skills, you will build confidence.
After completing the program and passing the Texas written and practical exams, you obtain a license and are fully qualified to begin working as an entry level Manicurist.

Manicuring Techniques: A Basic Manicure and Pedicure, oil manicure, removal of stains, repair work, hand and arm massage, buffing, application of polish, application of artificial nails, application of cosmetic fingernails, preparation to build new nail, and application of nail extensions, sculptured nails, tips, wraps, fiberglass/gels, and odorless products/td>


Health and Safety: Bacteriology, sanitation and safety; definitions, importance, rules, laws, methods, safety measures, hazardous chemicals, and ventilation odor in salons 100
Professional Practices: Manicuring as a profession, vocabulary, ethics, salon procedures, hygiene and grooming, professional attitudes, salesmanship, and public relations

Arms and Hands: Major bones and functions, major muscles and functions, major nerves and functions, skin structure, functions, appendages, conditions and lesions, nail structure, composition, growth, regeneration, irregularities and diseases 70
Orientation: Orientation, rules, laws, and preparation 15
Equipment: Equipment, implements, and supplies 15
Total Hours (One clock hour equals 60 minutes) 600


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are the responsibility of the future professional. Tuition payments can be made in the form of any of the following:

  • Total Transformation Institute’s payment plan via cash, check, money order or credit card
  • Title IV funding (if applicable)
  • Scholarships

A future professional’s End of Contract date (EOC) is calculated to include 50 hours for unforeseen absences. Total Transformation Institute will charge an additional fee for any TDLR required clock hours, practical applications, or written work remaining after the end of contract date at the rate of $15.00 per hour or any part thereof until graduation requirements are fulfilled.

Tuition for 600 clock hours
(Approximately 5 months full time)
$8,400 Down Payment due by start of class
Future professional kit $2000 Due by start of class
Sales Tax $165 Due by start of class

Future Professional Textbooks $400 DDue by start of class
Texas student permit fee^ $25 Due by start of class
Total $11,090 *All prices are subject to change


Other Costs

In addition to the program requirements, the future professional must pass the Texas Cosmetology Instructor Written Exam and Practical Exam to become licensed. Testing fees are payable to PSI Exams and can be found on their web page.  Additional equipment and supplies may be required to complete the chosen course of study and by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for practical evaluations and the State Board Practical exam. The Texas Cosmetology Instructor license fee, payable to TDLR, can be found on their web site. On occasion, Total Transformation Institute travels to outside educational events, which could require the future professional to pay admission.