Program Overview

The ESI Nail Care program is designed to provide the student with the necessary requirements needed to pass the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology examination as well as prepare them for an entry level position in a salon or spa. The need for professional Nail Technicians to provide creative artistic, healthy and beauty solutions for the nails is growing significantly and our objective is to assure we train and educate the top candidates in the industry.

What sets ESI apart?

ESI Nail Care Program is a hands-on instructional class, teaching you the basics of a manicure, pedicure, Gel polish manicure, Nail Enhancements, Creative nail art, and the latest nail trends in the industry. 

Here is just a snippet of what makes us the premiere nail care school in Atlanta:

  • North American Podology certification through our partnership with The North American School of Podology
  • Strong academic standards
  • High expectations of professionalism
  • Connect studies with the real world
  • Build quality business relationships through constant networking
  • Performance-based education
  • Seamless transition from school to the workplace
  • Cutting-edge nail care technology
  • Access to industry leaders
  • Smaller classes and more individual attention

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Our students have the unique opportunity to learn from licensed Estheticians, using cutting-edge skincare technology in a spa-like environment.

The goal for the ESI Nail Care program is to prepare students to meet the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology requirements and to become a professional licensed Nail Technician.

  • Industry & Health Concepts
  • Manicuring & Pedicuring
  • Health, Safety & Science
  • Certified Master Podology
  • Artificial Nail Configuration
  • Nail art, Spa, State Board + Program Review

At the Elaine Sterling Institute, we try our best to accommodate individuals from all walks of life, and this often includes a multitude of schedules. We offer a series of programs to choose from in order to suit your scheduling needs.

ESI offers an exciting the 600-hour nail care program for licensure where you can become an esthetician technician in 6.5-8 months.

Full-Time Nail Care Day Program 

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 2:30pm

Part-Time Nail Care Night Program 

Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00pm – 10:00pm and every Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Tuition: $10,450.00 (Including non-refundable student kit)
Registration Fees: $55
TOTAL: $10,505

ESI offers tuition payment plans and offer federal financial aid. Tuition and registration payments can be made online in our tuition payment section of our website. More information can be found about financial aid and tuition on our Financial Aid page.

Student Kits

Students will receive a Chromebook with myESIconnect student portal, an ESI Jacket, an equipment bag, and a nail kit with all the necessary instruments and materials to perform the required services. 

Kits are provided to every student and are subject to change.

After a student completes 600, services, exams and fulfills all financial obligations to the school, a certificate will be awarded.

Completion Time

Completion time depends on the schedule the student chooses and attends regularly. Based on a 27.5 hour per week schedule, the normal time frame of completion would be 6.5 months or 22 weeks. The other schedule is a 19.5 hour per week schedule so the normal time frame of completion would be 7 months or 31 weeks.

Hours Breakdown Level One 

Total hours: 140 Hours
When student has completed Level 1 requirements, they must pass an evaluation with a score of 75% or higher to proceed to Level 2

Personal Hygiene, Ethics and Customer Care : 10 Theory/Clock hours

Sanitation and Sterilization: 50 Theory/Clock Hours

Physiology and Anatomy of the hands, arm and legs: 5 Theory/Clock Hours

Skin Structure, Nail Structure and Growth: 10 Theory/Clock Hours

Chemistry: 10 Theory/Clock Hours

Implements usage, Procedures and Safety: 5 Theory/Clock Hours

Salon Business and Operations: 5 Theory/Clock Hours 

Client Care and consultation: 5 Theory/Clock Hours

Business development, Marketing, Advertising and Retailing Career Planning, Resume Writing: 30 Theory/Clock Hours

Hours Breakdown Level Two 

Total Hours = 460 Hours
When student has completed Level 2 requirements, they must pass an evaluation with a score of 75% or higher to graduate.

Basic of Manicure, Spa Manicures : 100 Clock hours

Basic Pedicure and Deluxe Pedicure: 75 Clock Hours 

Nail Sculpting: 115 Clock Hours

Nail Tips and Wraps: 100 Clock Hours 

Nail Art Techniques & Airbrush Nail Art: 30 Clock Hours

Advanced Techniques: 20 Clock Hours

Nail Care Student Kit

Students will receive the following:

  • Chromebook with myESIconnect student portal
  • An equipment bag
  • Milady Standard textbook
  • An ESI Jacket
  • Essential Manicure and Pedicure Tools
  • Cuticle Oil 
  • Practice Hand 
  • Electric Nail File 
  • Apron
  • Footlogix Foot Care Products

Kits are provided to every student and are subject to change.

Ready to get started on your goals?