Description of Core Units

Important note to students: The following units or unit clusters can be studied as part of a formal AACDS qualification.

UNIT 1.3 / Communications
This unit cluster serves as a foundation for study and communication skills to enter and successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science. Lectures and assessments focus on academic writing, research skills, medical terminology and effective communication with a range of patients from different cultural backgrounds. The competencies covered in this unit cluster are equivalent to the core unit cluster 1.3 Communications within the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science. Students who successfully complete this unit will gain full credit for unit cluster 1.3 Communications.
UNIT 1.1 / Dermal Science Theory
Dermal Science Theory is a comprehensive unit cluster focusing on the theoretical principles of dermal therapy procedures to form a strong foundation for clinical practice. Lectures take an evidence-based approach covering the principles of clinical microdermabrasion, chemical peels, skin needling, laser, intense pulsed light, radiofrequency and other light-based therapies. This unit cluster also includes an IPL/Laser Safety Officers Certificate approved by QLD Radiation Health and the Radiological Council of WA.
UNIT 1.2 / Analyse the Principles of Dermatology in a Cosmetic Medical Context
This unit forms the foundation for correct skin analysis and selection of dermal therapy procedures within a cosmetic medical context. Lectures focus on issues that affect the histological and visual qualities of the skin covering healthy skin physiology, the presentation and pathophysiology of dermatologic disorders, repair abilities and wound care. On completion of this unit, students should be able to identify a range of dermatologic conditions in order to work within their scope of practice.
UNIT 1.2DS / Confirm Physical Health Status
This unit provides students with an underpinning knowledge in human anatomy and physiology whilst providing a foundation for further studies in dermal science. Lectures explore each organ system enabling students confirm the health status of clients. Throughout this unit there is a strong focus on how environmental factors, genetics, intrinsic ageing and endocrine changes affect the histological and visual qualities of the skin.
UNIT 1.2CN / Analyse the Principles of Cosmetic Nursing
This unit is specifically developed for ENs or RNs as an introduction to their role in cosmetic medicine, especially in a day hospital and theatre environment. Lectures focus on the roles and responsibilities of the practice nurse, pre and post-operative care, theatre dynamics, infection control, day hospital accreditation standards and advanced resuscitation. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to apply their knowledge to a range of key performance indicators in a cosmetic medical and day hospital settings.
UNIT CLUSTER 1.3DS / Communications
This cluster covers three competency units required to learn effective communication skills within the cosmetic medical environment. Lectures focus on confidentiality principles, medical terminology, liaising with medical professionals/colleagues, documentation and effective communication with a range of patients from different cultural backgrounds. In addition to communication skills, students learn computer, research and analysis skills to serve as a foundation for future studies and workplace requirements. Some assessments associated with this unit will be delivered in unit 2.2 Dermal Science Practical.
UNIT CLUSTER 1.4 / Practice Management and Administration
Managerial and administration skills are an important asset to have in any small business environment and is a competency highly sought after by potential employers. This unit cluster is comprised of three competency units, which have been customised to the medispa concept - Manage a practice, Manage budgets and financial plans and Ensure team effectiveness. Students will be able to apply these skills to the management and administration of a cosmetic medical practice, beauty salon, day spa or the establishment of their own clinic. On successful completion of this unit cluster, students will gain credit into the Diploma on Management (Medispa Practice).
UNIT 2.0DS / Working Within a Cosmetic Medical Practice
This unit cluster describes the role of the dermal therapist and enrolled nurse in the cosmetic medical practice and other health care areas. Students will learn the ethical, legal and jurisdictional requirements applied to cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies, whilst gaining a sound understanding of their duty of care to patients.
UNIT 2.1 / Evaluate Cosmetic Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
Essential for the dermal therapist wishing to work in a cosmetic medical practice, this unit provides an in-depth knowledge of each cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedure. Lectures examine the indications, techniques, complications and recovery involved in common cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures and will also discuss the analysis of facial and body assessment. On completion of the unit, learners should be able to conduct a patient consultation providing clear and accurate information in relation to cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. UNIT GCNSCP801A Evaluate Cosmetic Surgical Procedures is a unit that focuses on the common surgical procedures performed in Australia. It addresses all aspects of cosmetic surgical procedures that provide restoration, enhancement and/or rejuvenation to the face or the body. Lectures examine indications for, techniques, complications and recovery of patients undergoing common cosmetic surgical interventions. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to assess the patient holistically and provide accurate information about cosmetic surgical procedures.
UNIT 3.1 / Evaluate Cosmetic Injectable Procedures
This unit covers the theoretic principles and the practical competencies for nurses and doctors wishing to perform injectables procedures. It encompasses the essential knowledge required to safely perform a range of cosmetic injectable procedures including muscle relaxants and dermal fillers. Competencies for this unit focus on a strong understanding of facial anatomy and physiology, indications for treatment, practical application and dealing with potential complications. This unit is divided into a theory component and a three-day hands-on practical component. In the interest of safety, students cannot progress to the practical competencies until they have successfully completed the theoretical assessments. UNIT PREREQUISITES: 1.1 Dermal Science Theory, GCNPCN801A Analyse The Principles Of Cosmetic Nursing & GCNSCP801A Evaluate Cosmetic Surgical Procedures
UNIT PRE 2.2 / Preparation for Dermal Science Practical
This unit encompasses the competencies required to safely and effectively perform a range of dermal therapy procedures in a cosmetic medical environment. Competencies include first aid, documenting and maintaining patient records and infection control policies and procedures applied to the application of dermal therapies procedures. Some assessments associated with this unit will be delivered in unit 2.2 Dermal Science Practical. UNIT PREREQUISITE: UNIT CLUSTER 1.1 Dermal Science Theory
UNIT 2.2 / Dermal Science Practical Workshop
Dermal Science Practical is a hands-on unit in which students transfer their theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Comprised of five competency units, students achieve competency through performing a required number of treatments (case studies) in the 3 grades of clinical microdermabrasion, AHA peels, Jessner’s Peels, superficial TCA peels, skin needling, IPL or laser photo rejuvenation, IPL or laser permanent hair reduction and fractionated laser. These competencies ensure students develop a high standard of technique whilst maintaining a strong focus on hygiene and safety. All practical workshops take place with only two students per trainer/assessor, ensuring a quality-learning environment and exclusivity to equipment. UNIT PREREQUISITE: 1.1B Dermal Science Theory And PRE 2.2 Preparation For Dermal Science Practical (Not Applicable To Students Studying The Graduate Diploma In Cosmetic Nursing)
UNIT 2.3DS / Analyse the Principles of Psychology in a Cosmetic Medical Context
Dermal therapy involves the close and personal interaction with patients, and a background knowledge of personality types and human behaviour will enable the Dermal Therapist to have a greater understanding of patient care. Lecture topics include psychosocial aspects of cosmetic medicine and surgery, self-perception (body dysmorphic disorder and anorexia), global perceptions of beauty and the role of the media in cosmetic medicine. UNIT PREREQUISITE: UNIT CLUSTER 1.3 Communications For Dermal Science
UNIT 2.4 / Evaluate the use and formulation of Cosmeceuticals
Cosmeceutical science will significantly enhance the therapist’s knowledge of over-the-counter cosmeceuticals and prescription pharmaceuticals used in dermatology. This knowledge is beneficial in order to effectively treat common skin concerns and complement cosmetic surgery and/or dermal therapy procedures. This unit provides an evidence-based approach to specific cosmeceutical ingredients as opposed to branded formulas.
UNIT 2.6 / Analyse the Principles of Anti-Ageing Medicine
This unit provides students with an introduction to the key principles of anti-ageing medicine with a focus on early detection, prevention and treatment of age-related skin disorders. It explores evidence-based practices to incorporate anti-ageing in dermal therapy services. This unit is delivered in partnership with the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) and on successful completion students will receive credit towards their Certification in Anti-Ageing Medicine for allied health professionals. UNIT PREREQUISITE: UNIT CLUSTER 1.1 Dermal Science Theory AND 1.2 Analyse The Principles Of Dermatology In A Cosmetic Medical Context
UNIT SIBBRES702A / Investigate Developments in Cosmetic Treatments. Using Laser or Light System
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to investigate and evaluate developments in cosmetic laser or light-based technology. Students are required to research and write a report on one or several laser or light-based systems available in the current Australian marketplace. This unit should be completed in addition to core units with the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies or Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing in order for students to also graduate with a Vocational Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser Hair Reduction.
Clinical Placement
The AACDS Clinical Placement Program is an essential component in all AACDS qualifications to allow students/graduates access to the AACDS Recruitment Site. It is specifically developed for students who have no or minimal clinical experience in dermal therapies and/or cosmetic medicine. The program aims to direct theoretical knowledge into a clinical environment, allowing students to gain necessary experience in a real-life cosmetic medical clinic. Please note that students who already have clinical experience are exempt from the program. Adequate clinical experience is assessed on a case-by-case basis.