Do you love experimenting with different shades of nail polish? Does a good manicure or pedicure give you a sense of Zen? If you love doing nails, why not take this passion and pursue a new career as a manicurist or nail technician? Your journey begins with selecting the Manicuring program or Nail Technician program that is the best fit for you.

Students enrolled in Dorsey College’s Manicuring training program can gain a basic understanding of manicuring techniques. This includes areas such as plain manicure, nail art, oil manicure, nail repair, and artificial nail application treatments. The Manicuring training program features a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training in our on-campus beauty clinic.

Succeed with Dorsey College’s Manicuring program

Here at Dorsey College, we realize that you have a choice when it comes to selecting among nail tech schools in Michigan. As a result, our team is committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in their new career. At Dorsey College, students in our Manicuring program can benefit from a learning environment that is not only positive and encouraging but will also challenge you to explore your creativity and artistic side.

Finishing your training in the Manicuring program is designed to prepare you to pursue licensure. The state of Michigan requires licensure for employment in this field. Dorsey College will pay the cost one time for students to challenge the licensure exam. This will be contingent upon the student meeting Dorsey College’s exam preparation requirements.

It’s important to choose a program that will not only help you prepare for licensure but also meet nail technician education requirements in Michigan. Dorsey College’s Manicuring training program has been determined to be sufficient to meet educational requirements for licensing requirements in the state of Michigan only. No educational determinations have been made for any other state, district or US territory in regards to licensure requirements.

Find A Campus Near You

Are you searching for a “manicuring program near me”? Perhaps you’ve been looking for a local nail technician school? If so, the Manicuring program is offered at the following Dorsey campus locations:
Madison Heights
Dorsey College - Madison Heights, MI, Campus (Main Campus)
Dorsey School of Beauty Taylor, MI, campus (Main Campus, Accredited by NACCAS)

*Dorsey School of Beauty, located in Taylor, MI, is a sister school of Dorsey College and is institutionally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To learn more about Dorsey School of Beauty Taylor, you can click here.

What you can learn in Nail Technician classes

Students interested in nail technician classes can expect to learn about a variety of topics. This is because nail tech classes are designed to cover both the art and science of manicuring and pedicuring, along with business principles needed for success.

At Dorsey College, our Manicuring program has been skillfully designed to not only introduce students to the artistic principles, techniques, and technology needed to succeed in this field, but also provide them with an environment where they can apply what they have learned.

If you’re thinking about enrolling in nail technician classes, it’s important to choose a program with a strong hands-on component. At Dorsey College, students in our Manicuring program will have the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in our on-campus student salon.

Manicuring Training in the Dorsey College program

Those looking for a nail technician course who select the Manicuring training at Dorsey College will be exposed to the following as part of their program:

  • Basic instructions in nail care, manicure techniques, nail technology, and manicure shop management.
  • Dorsey College provides a Manicuring Student Kit, which includes various items used in the industry as well as textbooks.
  • Students in the Manicuring training program will have the opportunity to receive hands-on training (while being supervised) in our on-campus beauty clinic. Here they will be able to provide services to the general public for a fee.


What is the total cost of the Manicuring program?

Tuition and fees for a student to complete the Manicuring program can be found by visiting our Student Consumer Information page.

To calculate the total cost of education, including indirect costs of room and board, personal expenses, transportation costs and loan fees associated with the cost of attendance, go to the Dorsey College Cost of Attendance page.

Nail Technician Career Outlook

In addition to training, it’s important to assess the career options for licensed manicurists or the career outlook for nail technicians. There are various career opportunities for those trained and licensed in manicuring in the state of Michigan. Graduates can find careers such as manicurist, nail tech, beauty supply sales, and platform manicurist. Graduates may also be able to find work as a beauty magazine columnist, salon owner, or even a nail technician director. Jobs in this field can be found in private, chain, and department store salons and other beauty related businesses.

For more information about a Manicuring career, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for this career is 39-5092 and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 12.0410.

Additional career information specific to the State of Michigan can be found at the Career One Stop website. This website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. When visiting the website, navigate to the browse occupations page. Then type “Manicurists” in the key word search box, and then continue to select the State of Michigan.

Let Dorsey College help you step into your future as a Nail Technician

Yes, preparing the next generation of manicurists and nail technicians is our goal! Our Manicuring program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue entry-level positions in the beauty industry, once licensed. As part of their nail technician education, each student in our Manicuring program will be required to complete 400 clock hours of training to meet state requirements. From there, graduates can take the Manicuring licensing exam with the goal of beginning their new career upon licensure.

If you’ve been searching for a nail tech school to help you prepare for your new career, consider the Manicuring program at Dorsey College.


Dorsey College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. This applies to the Madison Heights campus, (which serves as the main campus).  Contact information for the Council on Occupational Education is as follows: 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790,

Financial Aid

The Manicuring program is a short-length program not eligible for Title IV funds (Financial Aid). We do, however, offer payment plans to assist students in paying for their education.

Manicuring Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about:

  • What Manicurists / Nail Technicians Do
  • Becoming a Manicurist / Nail Technician
  • The Dorsey College Manicuring training program

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Additional Information

For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Manicurists, info pertaining to Jobs as a Manicurist, the work Manicurists do, etc.:

Michigan Occupational Wage Information:

O*Net Online: