Advanced Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing
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This unit of study analyses the advanced role of the cosmetic nurse. Psychological and social factors relating to cosmetic procedures are examined throughout the consultative process.

Advanced nursing management strategies for cosmetic procedures and treatments are evaluated, and follow up care is discussed. Professional and ethical responsibilities related to independent practice are explored, including sales, use of social media and advertising.

This subject has a 40 clinical placement component.

Advanced Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing
Unit of study code 310
Availability Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing

GC single unit of study

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 for role with a letter from your employer stating that you have been in their employment for at least six months (full time equivalent)
  • If you are your own employer then you can use your own company profile as evidence
  • A statutory declaration if you are not able to provide either of the above

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

Prescribed texts TBA
Co-ordinated by Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN
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 role of the cosmetic nurse and the implications for future practice Assessment 1: Online discussions 10% 2, 9
Theme 2: Advanced laser and IPL use b) evaluate evidence based practice nursing management strategies associated with cosmetic procedures Assessment 2: Advanced Laser & IPL accreditation course 10% 5
Theme 3: Advanced cosmetic nursing practice c) examine the social and psychological factors that impact on clients undergoing cosmetic procedures Assessment 3: Short answer essays 30% 6
Theme 4: Follow up and client relationships d) discuss treatment evaluation and follow up care strategies Assessment 4: Case analysis 50% 10
e) critically reflect on advanced client management in clinical practice.

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

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.