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Pedicure Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Pedicurist training is offered by cosmetology and nail technology schools across the U.S. Pedicure schools typically offer instruction in a certificate program which runs for one semester, though pedicure techniques are often covered in broader cosmetology programs as well.

Pedicurist training certificate programs are available at many colleges, although the length and type of training may vary. Some programs offer hands-on experience in salons or business training for future salon owners.

Schools with Pedicure Programs

These schools offer accredited pedicure programs, and some offer salon experience with real customers.

College Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state
Palm Beach State College Palm Beach, FL 2-year, Public Certificate $2,444 in-state, $8,732 out-of-state
Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,730 in-district, $3,180 in-state, $6,420 out-of-state
Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,764 in-state, $10,201 out-of-state
Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $3,282 in-state, $12,352 out-of-state
Pensacola Junior College Pensacola, FL 2-year, Public Certificate $$2,704 in-state, $10,875 out-of-state
Century College St Paul, MN 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's $5,391
Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR 2-year, Public Certificate $4,332 in-state, $6,072 out-of-state
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma $4,322 in-state, $6,295 out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

All states require pedicurists to be licensed in order to practice professionally, and only graduates of state-approved pedicure schools are eligible to sit for licensing exams. Student should consider the following when looking for a pedicure school:

  • Individuals who are interested in operating their own salons should look for schools that offer business classes along with pedicure training.
  • Prospective pedicure students should look for a school that operates its own salon for cosmetology students for hands-on experience working with real customers.
  • Future students should look for schools accredited by a recognized cosmetology education organization, such as the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences.
  • Some programs have prerequisite courses, such as English, that students must complete before applying, so students should research these requirements for the program they are interested in.

Nail Technician Certificate Programs

The most common educational option for aspiring pedicurists is a nail technician certificate. These programs typically last for only a few months, and they are designed to prepare graduates for their state's licensure exam. They include both theoretical and hands-on training in nail care, covering topics such as nail polishing techniques and false nail application, as well as nail health and salon sanitation. Many programs offer classes in the evenings or in online formats in order to meet the needs of working professionals.

Associate's Degree in Cosmetology Programs

An associate's degree in cosmetology covers a broad range of salon procedures, including pedicure, but it is important to note that they are intended to prepare students for the state's cosmetologist exam, not the nail technician exam. They also include general education requirements. Depending on the school, they can be completed in one to two years of full-time study.

Aspiring pedicurists must complete a nail technician certificate program before they can sit for their state's licensure exam. These programs can be found at public community and technical colleges, and students should make sure a program is accredited before enrolling.

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