COS823 - Manicure

Outline info
Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:28:30.354
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:16.924

Subject Title

Subject Description
This course provides students the knowledge to perform a variety of professional manicure techniques. This will include hand and arm massage, exfoliation techniques, and paraffin treatments. Students will learn to perform a regular polish, French polish, and colour gel application (SHELLAC/OPI). Anatomy of the hand/arm is taught as well as best practices in sterilization and infectious control in relation to manicuring.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Nail Technician Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recall hygiene and sterilization procedures in performing manicures
  2. Perform a manicure in accordance to professional standards.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate esthetic practices in working with clients’ nails.
  4. Assess nail health to identify and prevent various nail diseases and disorders.

Essential Employability Skills
Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Professional Hygiene and Bacteriology
  • Anatomy of the Nail, Hand and Arm
  • Disorders of the Nail and Hand
  • Client Information Forms
  • Professional Image
  • Manicure Implements and Procedures
  • Polish Applications and Nail Art
  • Paraffin Treatment
  • Massage Techniques
  • Sales Techniques
  • Shellac/OPI Gel Polish
  • Nail Mend
** A weekly topic outline will be distributed in the first class

Mode of Instruction
Lecture and Lab Practical Instruction

Prescribed Texts
The Foundations Beauty Therapy, The Official Guide To Level 2, Lorraine Nordmann; Cengage Learning

Reference Material

Required Supplies
A manicure kit is required for this class (applicable fees are included in registration cost). All students registered in this class are required to use the kit specified and provided by the college - no exceptions. Kits will be distributed in class.

Students are required to provide their own linens. Required linens are:

2 Large Towels
4 Small Towels

Students are required to wear a black lab coat  (can be purchased from college, further information will be provided during first class) and appropriate closed toe footwear during all classes.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Participation 10%
Practical Test (x2) 20%
Assignment 10%
Written Test (x2) 20%
Final Written Examination 20%
Final Practical Examination 20%
Total 100%

The nature of this subject requires a high level of attendance and participation. Students are required to addend all classes and be punctual.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Lisa Somers