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Course Syllabus

Course: COSB 1811

Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Services Technology
Title: Nail Technology Lab

Semester Approved: Spring 2021
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2025
End Semester: Fall 2026

Catalog Description: A student taking this course and COSB 1810 will be job ready after completing 300 clock time hours (1 semester) and following the State of Utah licensing process. The Nail Technology program can be taken alone or as part of the Cosmetology/Barbering program.

Practice and lab experiences include client consultation; manicuring; pedicuring; application of nail tips, wraps, gel and acrylic enhancements; polishing techniques; nail art; and salon management. A required lab fee includes a one-time rental of a state board testing kit. This fee is non-refundable.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 6; Lecture: 0; Lab: 18
Clock/Hour Requirements: 270

Corequisites: COSB 1810

Justification: This lab course is essential in providing salon experience for the student. COSB 1810 and COSB 1811 are taught together to prepare the student to take the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Licensure Examination (NIC test). This is a requirement for licensure through the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing of Utah.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will perform the principles and practices related to nail technology skills; i.e., massage, manicuring, pedicuring, filing and nail preparation, client safety, nail art, men's manicures, application and removal of nail enhancements, all nail care services, and other material essential to becoming a successful nail technician. Students will be assessed on all practical work done on a skills pass-off sheet, on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Practical exams are given at the conclusion of each semester.

Students will maintain a clean work environment and follow the proper procedures for safety and infection control. Students will recognize potential safety hazards and implement accepted methods to mitigate those hazards.  Students will be assessed weekly on sanitation and disinfection processes using skill pass-off sheets. All task lines will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will be reassessed until a pass is achieved.

Students will be able to evaluate and communicate client needs, determine the action needed, maintain client records, and use professional ethics relevant to the salon business. Students will be assessed as they perform a client consultation at the beginning of each service. The outcome of the service is determined by a satisfied client. Instructors check work, give feedback, and make any correction at the time of the service.

Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with learning experiences in the following subject areas:

-use and care of mannequin hands
-maintaining a clean working environment
-table set-up for different applications
-basic and spa manicuring and pedicuring
-gel polish and nail art
-acrylic, gel, and fiberglass applications
-electric filing
-client consultation
-first aid techniques for cuts, burns, and other emergencies
-communication skills, appointment booking
-networking through social media

We strive to introduce all students to the procedures performed in the nail industry, allowing them to express their differences and cultures through creative projects and group activities. The course is designed to empower and foster talent in all students, including groups traditionally underrepresented in this career, and to move beyond stereotypes. Students have an opportunity to complete services on a variety of clients from diverse backgrounds.

Key Performance Indicators:
Student learning outcomes will be assessed by a combination of the following:

Safety and sanitation 5 to 20%

Written assignments 5 to 20%

Practical application/client services 30 to 60%

Exams 20 to 40%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Milady's Art and Science of Nail Technology Revised, current edition, Milady Publishing Company, Albany New York.

Supplemental materials may be required.

Pedagogy Statement:
Teaching methods may include group work, practical application, client services, front desk experience, and the incorporation of low-stakes assignments.

In this course, instructors will strive to connect with students on a personal level by spending multiple hours daily with this group of students. Students will also be encouraged to make connections in order to foster an inclusive classroom/lab atmosphere. This may be accomplished through group assignments and practical experience with clients as they perform procedures involved in the nail technology industry.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 10
Optimum Class Size: 10