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Advanced Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing
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This unit of study analyses the advanced role of the cosmetic nurse. Professional and ethical responsibilities related to cosmetic practice are explored, including the use of social media and advertising. Psychological and social factors relating to cosmetic procedures are explored throughout the consultation and assessment process. Advanced cosmetic nursing practice is evaluated, and management of treatment complications and emergencies are examined.

This subject has a 40 clinical placement component.

Advanced Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing
Unit of study code 310
Availability Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing
Pre-requisites 308 – Applied Dermatological Anatomy and Physiology

309 – Foundational Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing

Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 4
Clinical placement information There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our Clinical Placement Information page, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for clinical placement Students can be granted recognition of prior learning (RPL) for clinical placement if:

  • you have been in employment in the area of specialty for at least six months (full time equivalent).

Documentation that will be accepted as evidence:

  • A position description and letter from your employer stating that you have been in their employment for at least six months in the role of cosmetic nurse (full time equivalent)
  • If you are self employed you may submit a company profile, or documented evidence confirming your name, role, company business name and current trading status
  • A statutory declaration confirming you have a minimum of six months full time experience as a cosmetic nurse within the last 12 months if you are not able to provide either of the above

We are unable to accept links to websites, Instagram or Facebook pages as proof of evidence, nor are we able to contact your employer on your behalf for confirmation.

Please note there is no charge for this application of RPL and students must still complete the online learning units of study and associated assessment items.

Prescribed texts TBA
Co-ordinated by Jamie-May Newman
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: The cosmetic nurse in practice a) critically analyse the specialist role of the cosmetic nurse and the implications for future practice Assessment 1: Online discussions 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: Social & psychological factors in cosmetic nursing b) evaluate the advanced concepts of cosmetic nursing management to inform clinical practice Assessment 2: Essay 40% 5
Theme 3: Advanced cosmetic nursing practice c) examine the social and psychological factors that impact on people undergoing cosmetic procedures Assessment 3: Case analysis 40% 9
d) discuss treatment evaluation and follow up care strategies

e) critically evaluate management strategies related to cosmetic procedures against evidence from the literature to ensure evidence-based practice.

Assessment 4: Laser module 10% 10


Advanced Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing (310) is a Tier 4 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing.