Frequently Asked Questions

How easy is it to gain work after graduating?

You would seek work within a cosmetic medical practice as a qualified cosmetic nurse / dermal therapist. Job prospects in cosmetic clinics are currently very good as cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies are growth industries in Australia. I would recommend that you look as websites such as Seek to help give you an idea of the number of positions available. You can use key words such as 'Dermal Therapist', 'Skin Therapist', Laser Therapist', 'Cosmetic Nurse'.

AACDS is in the process of developing a recruitment section on their website allowing employers to advertise their positions for dermal therapists and cosmetic nurses.

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Who can administer cosmetic injections such as muscle relaxants?

Muscle relaxants and most dermal fillers are Schedule 4 medications that require prescription by a registered medical practitioner (Doctor). Registered or Enhanced/Endorsed Enrolled/Div 2 Nurses can inject these products but only under the supervision of a medical doctor.

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I'm not a Nurse or a Doctor, can I do injectables?

The answer quite simply is no. You must be a medical doctor or a nurse working under the supervision of a medical doctor. Although there have been attempts from beauty colleges and other training providers to offer injectable training to beauty therapists, it is NOT and will NOT be accepted by law, insurance companies or the medical profession.

If you wish to pursue a career in cosmetic injectables, AACDS advises you complete the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science and then gain industry experience whilst completing an Enrolled/Div. 2 or Registered Nursing course.

In Australia, strictly only medical doctors or registered nurses are able to perform cosmetic injections and this is unlikely to change in the near future. Cosmetic injections are schedule 4 medications and can only be purchased and prescribed by a medical doctor. There are NO exceptions to this law.

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Can a Nurse practitioner prescribe muscle relaxants and dermal fillers?

Currently, Nurse Practitioners do NOT have prescribing rights to muscle relaxants and dermal fillers. This may change in time, though there is no discussion of this in the pipeline.

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I'm currently performing dermal therapies, can I apply for skills recognition?

As a nationally accredited course, RPL is available to all students who feel they are eligible. The process involves you providing us with evidence of each competency standard or learning outcome with the course curriculum. You may also have to do an assessment - we will email/post you the RPL application forms for you to complete.

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When can I commence my studies?

If you wish to study on-campus, semester one commences every February. If you want to study online, you can commence at anytime.

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Do I have to pay all fees up-front?

No, you do NOT have to pay all course fees up-front. You can select from payment per unit, per semester or monthly payment plans (monthly payment plans are only available to full-time, on-campus students).

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Where do I complete my practical training?

  • Western Australia - AACDS premises in Subiaco
  • Queensland - Gray Clay, Bundall (Gold Coast)
  • New South Wales - Laser Lounge, Castle Hill
  • Victoria - Aesthetic Lounge, Hampton, Melbourne

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Can I perform Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) as a beauty therapist?

The photosensitising compound, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) used for PDT is currently being scheduled by the TGA as a schedule 4 medication. Once this process is finalised, only doctors will be able to purchase and prescribe 5-ALA. Therefore, a nurse or beauty therapist will NOT be able to perform PDT unless they are under the supervision of a doctor.

For further information, please visit the CPSA website.

AACDS will be offering PDT training in 2011, as it will be taught under medical supervision and only for students with a letter from their supervising doctor (employer).

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How is the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science different to similar courses?

The Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science stands out in the crowd due to the following:

  • Nationally / government accredited qualification
  • Award winning curriculum and training model
  • The curriculum is born from cosmetic medicine, NOT beauty therapy
  • Practical training is delivered in a quality-learning environment of only two students per trainer, NOT group training or simply observation / clinical placement
  • Industry recognised by your potential employers (see next question)
  • Flexible, online delivery with practical competencies available in NSW, QLD and WA (and soon VIC)

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Will my qualification be recognised?

One of the most important questions you need to ask before undertaking further education is, "Will my qualification be recognised by my potential employers?"

The Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science is developed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in a cosmetic medical practice or advanced skin clinic. AACDS has therefore paid special attention to having the course recognised by members of key societies in cosmetic medicine.

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How many exams will I have?

Each unit will require you to complete 3 assessments. Each unit will have different assessment styles/methods.

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How much can I expect to be paid once I am qualified?

Qualified Dermal Therapists earn between $22 and $31 per hr depending on their level of experience. Most cosmetic practices also provide commission.

Qualified Cosmetic Nurses earn between $32 and $40 per hr depending on their level of experience. Most cosmetic practices also provide commission.

Registered Nurses, providing cosmetic injections are generally on a higher rate and/or take a percentage cut per patient.

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Contact AACDS

Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science
Head Office
Level 2, 60-62 Stirling Street
Perth WA 6000
Phone: +61 8 9328 6760   Fax: +61 8 9228 2769

AACDS Student Clinic Perth
Aspire Medispa
Level 2, 60-62 Stirling Street
Perth WA 6000
Phone: +61 8 9227 7200

AACDS Student Clinic Sydney
The Laser Lounge
Suite 8 Garden Piazza 3-9 Terminus St
Castle Hill NSW 2154

AACDS Student Clinic Gold Coast
Gray Clay Medical Aesthetics
Level 1, 1 Short St
Southport QLD 4215

AACDS Student Clinic Melbourne
Aesthetic Lounge
Shop 3/544 Hampton Street
Hampton Vic 3188

AACDS Student Clinic Melbourne
GrayClay Professional Medical Skin Clinic
657 Burwood Road
Hawthorn East 3123

CRICOS Provider No. 02813B

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