Online Learning

Online learning made easy at The Elaine Sterling Institute! The goal of our programs is to qualify and equip students with the tools, experience and confidence necessary to pass the State of Georgia Licensing Examination and to assure students are the top candidates for future employers or business opportunities.

What sets ESI apart?

Our curriculums are on the same structure whether you attend online or at our location. Here is just a snippet of what makes us the premiere spa & beauty school in Atlanta: 

  • Students receive a Chromebook with their student kit equipped with everything you need to succeed
  • Our hybrid learning platform and dedicated online instructors are ready to assist you with live lectures and self-paced learning modules
  • 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.
I have really enjoyed Ms. Gina's online class! She is an awesome teacher who breaks down the material and does not overwhelm.
Natasha Harvey
Esthetician Student
ESI offers an exciting 570 hours of online theory for Esthetics with 430 hours of clinic time on campus with flexible schedules available to complement your lifestyle. (1000 Total Hours)
Student Kits 

Students will receive a Chromebook with myESIconnect student portal, an ESI T-shirt & Jacket, an equipment bag, makeup kit and an esthetician kit with all the necessary instruments and materials to perform the required services.

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

Technology 

Each Chromebook comes with the following applications:

  • MyESIConnect
  • Microsoft Applications, including Teams
  • FAME
  • Cengage Learning (MILADY)

For more information about the Esthetics Program, click here.

ESI offers an exciting 140 hours of online theory for Nail Care with 460 hours of clinic time on campus with flexible schedules available to complement your lifestyle. (600 Total Hours)
Student Kits 

Students will receive a Chromebook with myESIconnect student portal, an ESI T-shirt & 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.

Technology 

Each Chromebook comes with the following applications:

  • MyESIConnect
  • Microsoft Applications, including Teams
  • FAME
  • Cengage Learning (MILADY)

To learn more about the Nail Care program, click here.

Benefits To Online Learning

You can do your assignments on your own schedule anywhere, at any time. This means you can easily incorporate your classes around your work schedule and even take the work with you on vacation. Online learning can also easily incorporate into your life and schedule, including familial obligations, social life, and other aspects of life. This makes it easier to find work-life balance, especially as you do not have to worry about the commute cutting into your time.

This means you can finish the course much faster than traditional courses if you feel motivated to do so.  You have the option of doing the work at a time convenient to you, including watching the demonstrations and lectures, as long as it is completed by a certain due date.

Even though you are taking theoretical courses online, you have the advantage of asking for help in specific areas. Since our courses are interactive, online study lets you do this when you need to. The course materials are there for you, so it makes this interaction less stressful.

Imagine studying when you want. Whether before breakfast or late at night, it’s your choice. All lessons are available on your Chromebook, so taking classes is just a matter of finding when or where you want to work. It’s even possible to work from the coffee shop where you grab lunch. It’s up to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know is right here. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Admissions Director or to visit our FAQ page, click here.

When will I begin classes?

New students begin classes every other Monday. 

How does the distance/online education work?

Students login daily to MyESIConnect in order to review demonstrations, complete coursework and engage with their educator. 

How long will I be online before returning to campus?

Depending on your program, you will come to campus once all online theory credit hours are completed. 

Esthetics – 570 theory hours 

Nail Care – 140 theory hours

Do I need my own laptop?

No, you will be provided a Chromebook equipped will all of the applications you need to be successful. 

Our new students will be sent their distance education student kit before school starts, which includes the Chromebook and textbooks. Our innovative education will allow you to access our virtual education using your new Chromebook. 

How long will it take to receive my Chromebook?

Generally, you will receive your Chromebook 1 week before class starts. 

Is the tuition going to be reduced because of online courses?

The tuition remains the same as if you were on campus full time as  you will be getting the same amount of clock hours. 

The programs are a hybrid format meaning all clinical and practical applications are on campus once your theoretical portion is complete.

Can you give an example of some of the assignments?

Online assignments can include:

  • Watching a video on our virtual library and sharing takeaways that you learned.
  • Reading chapters and answering questions to show they know the material.
  • Our educators are also doing look and learns over Teams, which is essentially live demos.

Can you think of any advantages to online education versus in-person?

The main advantage is that it’s much more intimate and allows the student to learn at their own pace. You can get through a lot of theory, giving you a very strong foundation. The educators are also very attentive. Of course another huge advantage is that you’re home. You don’t have to physically come to school, so working in your own environment at your own pace is a great benefit.

Are you ready to start on your goals?