Learn the Art of Nails in Our Nail Tech School in Iowa

Nail technology consists of having strong attention to detail, a creative mindset, and a passion for art. If a career in creating nail art sounds like a dream come true, get started with La’ James International College. In our nail technology program, you can explore your creative side as you learn current trends and grow your artistic skills. Our curriculum focuses on offering you the skills you need to be a successful nail technologist.

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Your Journey To Becoming a Licensed Nail Technician

Our nail program is one of the first in the nation to go beyond the basics of manicuring and pedicuring, as we’ve added spa treatment training that can put our graduates ahead of the competition. During our program, you can learn current trends happening within the industry using professional products.

Students will start learning the fundamentals of nail tech until they’re ready to perform services on clients. Once students complete 10% of their program, they are able to grow their skills in our student salon under the supervision of our licensed instructors. It is our goal to ensure that every student is prepared to sit for their state board exam so they can earn their license.

As one of our shortest programs, we’ve divided our curriculum into two terms, where the first covers everything you need to know, while the second feels like an internship, as you practice providing actual services, scheduling appointments, and more.

See What Our Students Are Saying!

The opportunities are endless here at LJIC and the tools for success are given to you. You just have to apply them! I love Wednesday and Thursday mornings We [student & staff] meet to discuss the week ahead and build together as a team.

Holly D.

Holly D.

I chose LJIC because it gave me more options to learn different areas rather than just hair only. You learn nails, the spa side of Cosmetology, and everything else.

Betty L.

Betty L.

I would recommend everyone come to LJIC because you get to meet a lot of new people and this field can take you anywhere.

Alexis L.

Alexis L.

Join a Creative Future with Our Nail Salon School

Whether you want to up your nail game as a technician or transition into business ownership, there are so many careers out there to explore. Once you sit for your state board exams, you can get your license and see what the industry has to offer you!

While we can’t offer guaranteed employment, LJIC graduates are given the opportunity to discuss their career goals with our career advisor and receive job placement assistance.

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Nail Technology Program FAQs

How long is your nail technology program?

Our nail technology program is 350 clockwork hours, meaning you could finish in as little as 17 weeks.

When do classes start?

LJIC has classes starting every four weeks at each campus. However, not all programs start each month, and a minimum class size may be required for the program to start.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Unfortunately, for our nail technology program, financial aid is not available. However, as one of our shortest programs, this program can be affordable, as it costs less than other programs such as cosmetology or esthetics.

Our Admission Process

If you’re ready to create stunning nail art, then take the first steps and enroll in La’ James International College’s program! But, before you can apply, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a valid high school diploma, official high school transcript, or GED equivalent
  • A valid form of a government photo ID
  • A completed Enrollment Application
  • Payment of the $50 application fee

We’re here to help you through our enrollment process if you have any questions a member from our admissions team would be happy to help answer them!

Our Partners






Fort Dodge

2419 5th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

515-576-3119

CAMPUS HOURS
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

Cedar Falls

6322 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

319-277-2150

CAMPUS HOURS
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

Cedar Rapids

4444 1st Ave NE #12
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

319-378-6456

CAMPUS HOURS
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

Davenport

5205 North Brady Street
Davenport, Iowa 52806

563-441-7900

CAMPUS HOURS
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

Des Moines

8805 Chambery Boulevard
Johnston, Iowa 50131

515-278-2208

CAMPUS HOURS
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*