As a Nail Technician the program is for 5 months, there are three phases in the program. The first phase is done in the classroom more on the science end, learning about the disorders and such. The second phase learn about the nails, more into the designs, and also work on clients on the floor. Then the last phase learn more about the business end, resumes, workshops, and they also prepare you for state board exam, then you go to columbus to take it, then you graduate from the program. So it is school, but more like not something dragged on for 4 years. They also have great resources for internships, and Aveda is well known they have great connections.They want their students to suceed and be successful and be confident in their career.