Nail Tech

Manicure School

Have you always dreamed of becoming a licensed nail technician? At Gould’s Academy, our nail tech schools in Memphis and Bartlett Tennessee offer exceptional programs designed to help you refine your skills and take your career in the nail tech industry to the next level. Our graduates are highly trained and well-known in the cosmetology industry for their professionalism, exceptional skills, and knowledge of proper manicuring and pedicuring procedures.

Advanced Nail Tech Education

As you work towards earning your nail tech license, you will learn from the OPI Nail System, the Nuts and Bolts business course, and the Milady Nail Technology textbook. Our highly skilled, professional educators will use a combination of PowerPoint presentations, DVDs, lectures, demonstrations, charts, and hands-on training to provide a well-rounded experience. Guest artists will also visit regularly as part of our curriculum.

We believe incorporating a variety of instruction materials into our curriculum fosters a positive attitude, effective communication, and the motivation needed.

Course Framework

When you enroll in our manicurist program, you will begin your education at a Level 1 while learning in a supervised classroom. At this point, you will participate in 300 hours of practical education and theory before you can move forward with the next level of the program. After you have demonstrated proficient progress and knowledge in the field, especially where theory and practical learning are concerned, you will have the opportunity to progress to Level 2 Student Salon, which is our clinic floor.

As you practice your skills on the clinic floor, you will be under the constant and direct supervision of a licensed educator. While as a Level 2 student, you must put your knowledge of manicure training to work and continue to attend advanced technical classes and a daily theory class throughout the duration of the program.

As you get ready to take the Tennessee State Board Licensed Examination, or the Mississippi State Board Licensing Examination, you must complete at least 400 hours of training. Once you have logged these hours, you will be eligible to participate in a Tennessee State Board Preparatory Class. These classes are held twice a month and must be attended until 600 hours are completed. Please know that we do not accept transfer hours towards completing this particular course.

Class Levels

LEVEL 1 – This includes 300 hours of education in a supervised classroom where you learn theory and participate in practical training.

LEVEL  2 – Students move on to the Student Salon (Clinic Floor) for practical experience working on real clients, and to prepare for the State Board Manicure Licensing Exam. (Tennessee or Mississippi)

Enroll Now

Above all, the goal of our manicurist program is to help you gain the skills you need to succeed in your chosen field. If you would like to know more about our program, what it involves, and how it prepares you for a career in cosmetology, give us a call at 901-767-6647 or request more information from our admissions office.


Students may qualify for financing from a variety of sources including the U.S. Department of Education. Our Financial Aid officers can help you explore your financing options, and to fill out any paperwork. For more information about Tuition and financing options, click here.

Hour Requirements

Administration, Salon/Spa Ethics, Tennessee State Law, First Aid and Infection Control (Salon Ecology) 50
General Anatomy and Physiology 50
Basics of Chemistry 10
Nail Care 150
Nail Enhancements 85
The Creative Touch 25
Business Skills 30
Practical Applications of Services on Student Salon Floor of Required Knowledge 200

Gould's Academy of Cosmetology Memphis


1203 Ridgeway Rd Ste 203
Memphis, TN 38119
PH: (901) 767-6647


8000 US Highway 64, Suite 108
Bartlett, Tennessee 38133
PH: (901) 842-1772
FX: (901) 842-1773